Five firms have been shortlisted for Cheshire East Borough Council’s £147 million highway services contract.
It is understood that Atkins, Amey and Ringway will all tender for the contract, which covers highways maintenance works and small civils schemes across the borough.
EnterpriseMouchel is also believed to be in the running, with a joint venture of Bam Nuttall and Capita thought to complete the shortlist.
The scope of the contract includes routine and reactive maintenance on carriageways and footways as well as structural repairs, surfacing and capital schemes. The contractor will also have to carry out winter maintenance and professional services such as design work.
Among those believed to have attempted to pre-qualify but missed out is the Aone+ consortium –made up of Colas, Costain and Halcrow – which up to now has worked on Highways Agency maintenance work rather than local council deals.
Aone+ currently holds contracts for three of the Agency’s 14 Managing Agent Contractor areas as well as another MAC contract as its predecessor Aone, consisting of Halcrow and Colas.
One source told Construction News the attempted move into council work was not a surprise.
The source said: “More and more, we are moving into a MAC environment with local authorities.”