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Balfour Beatty and Osborne win £300m Midlands roads packages

Balfour Beatty and Geoffrey Osborne will share the main civils package on the £300 million Highways Agency construction management framework for the Midlands and North-west.

The two contractors are preferred bidders for the civils element of the Areas 9 and 10 framework, providing each company with an estimated £10m of work per year for up to four years, Construction News has learnt.

More than 40 tenders are understood to have been submitted for a place on the framework, with 12 firms making the cut.

The framework calls for a range of contractors to work on network improvements and maintenance on trunk roads and motorways.

The packages of work will include civil engineering, concrete repairs, bridges, surfacing and electrical work with jobs typically ranging from £500,000 to £8m.

Tarmac and Aggregate Industries scooped the carriageway surfacing element of the framework. Bridge deck waterproofing has gone to VolkerLaser and concrete repairs to Interserve and Freyssinet.

The Highways Agency said it was unable to confirm winners on the framework, but said it was set to make an announcement very soon.

Agency project sponsor and lead assessor Neal Simmons said the winning contractors would keep in close contact with each other as part of a community approach to the work. He said: “A really strong feature of this framework will be its collaborative community approach.

We have put together a team of contractors that will help each other out whether they are working on a particular contract or not.

“Each of the contractors will be a member of that team with an equal voice.

“For example, the big civil contractors will have no more of a say than others on the team.”

Mr Simmons said it had been an onerous process choosing the team of contractors with more than 40 bids having been submitted. Specialists were brought in to price elements of the bidders’ work.

The framework will incorporate lean construction techniques in order to better meet motorists’ needs while increasing efficiency.

Mr Simmons said emphasis would be placed on workers on site to spot ideas for efficient construction techniques and innovation that can then be shared throughout the framework.

Areas 9 and 10 include Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Gloucestershire, Hereford and Worcester, and the West Midlands.

It is understood not all winners will be working on both areas. Work is expected to start early in the new year and last for up to four years.

Full Areas 9 & 10 Winners:

  • Civils - Balfour Beatty and Osborne
  • Carriageway surfacing - Tarmac and Aggregate Industries
  • Traffic management - Chevron, HW Martin TM and Tarmac
  • Painting - Roy Hankinson
  • Safety fencing - Tarmac and Joe Roocroft
  • Electrical - J McCann
  • Cathodic protection - VolkerLaser and Freyssinet
  • Concrete repairs - Interserve and Freyssinet
  • Bridge deck waterproofing - VolkerLaser