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Balfour Beatty Carillion wins £292m third phase of A14 improvement programme

A Balfour Beatty Carillion joint venture has been chosen to deliver the retendered £292m third package on the A14 improvement programme.

Construction News reported in June that Highways England had been forced to retender the third phase of the £1.3bn improvement programme due to concerns over contractors’ ability to meet long-term targets on issues including passenger safety.

A Costain-Skanska JV has already been appointed to the first two lots of the programme, at an expected construction cost of around £600m.

The Balfour Beatty Carillion [50:50] JV will upgrade the A14 between Swavesey and Milton as part of the wider Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

A14 improvement

The project has been broken down into development (detailed design and pre-construction) and delivery phases, with construction of the proposed scheme split into four packages of work.

In June, the detailed design contract was awarded to Atkins CH2M joint venture at a total cost of £35.3m.

Costain Skanska Joint venture were awarded construction package one, covering A1 at Alconbury to the East Coast Mainline, and package two, covering east of the East Coast Mainline to Swavesey.

The value of the pre-construction phase was £1m. Subject to the scheme being given the go ahead, the joint venture will deliver £598m of construction work.

The fourth package is for the demolition of the viaduct over the East Coast Mainline at Huntingdon and associated works – this will be awarded in 2019.

Highways England said the initial award for the pre-construction phase was worth £461,359. Subject to the scheme being given the go ahead the JV will ultimately deliver £292m of construction work.

Work will include widening a 10-mile stretch of the existing A14 and includes the widening of existing road sections between Swavesey to Girton, including the Girton Junction with the M11 Motorway and the Cambridge Northern Bypass.

The project will also require major junction rebuilds and services diversions. 

Main construction work is due to start in late 2016 with the new bypass and widened A14 opening to traffic in 2020. 

The contractors were involved in acrimonious merger discussions which collapsed last year, but already work together in JV on roads schemes including with Galliford Try on the £550m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty schemes.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn said: “This is a complex project and our joint venture brings proven expertise and experience in working as part of an integrated delivery model - something which is going to be crucial for the successful delivery of this project.

“The improvements the scheme will deliver will help to relieve congestion on one of the busiest parts of the strategic road network between the Midlands and East Anglia and support national and regional economic growth.”

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