Galliford Try has been parachuted in to replace Carillion on a £96m road scheme in Lincolnshire, following the liquidation of the contractor last week.
Lincolnshire County Council confirmed it had now officially ended its contract with Carillion on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass job, and had brought in Galliford Try on a temporary basis to ensure the project was not delayed.
Galliford Try will work on the scheme near Skegness on a temporary basis while the council seeks a new firm for the long-term management of the job, a process it hopes to complete by the summer.
Construction on the project is in the early stages, with the council stating work was 10 per cent complete when Carillion collapsed.
Carillion landed the eastern bypass deal in October 2016, beating rivals Hochtief UK, John Sisk and Lagan JV and the Graham / Farrans JV to the deal.
Work had commenced in December 2016 and was due to complete in the winter of 2019.
The project will see the new contractor complete a 7.5 km road linking the A158 to the A15 just outside of Skegness.
The council also confirmed it would bring in Bam Nuttall to take over the project’s duct work from next month.
The council’s leader Martin Hill said that while Galliford Try would be brought in to manage the scheme on an interim basis, it would try to keep the local Carillion team employed on the project.
He also said the council would encourage its new contractors to honour existing arrangements with the suppliers working on the scheme.
Mr Hill said: “We know how important this new road is to residents and businesses, and by bringing in Galliford Try we can ensure work is not significantly held up by the Carillion situation.
“While Galliford Try will be keeping things moving in the immediate future, we’ll be working to find a long-term replacement. We hope to have this new company take over in the summer.”
The Lincoln Eastern Bypass was one of a number of local council projects to be affected by Carillion’s collapse.
Last week Leeds City Council revealed the £115m East Leeds Orbital road, for which Carillion had been picked just weeks before, needed to be retendered.