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Balfour Beatty lost its preferred bidder status on the deal last month

A £200m Suffolk highways deal which was previously given to Balfour Beatty as preferred bidder has been awarded to a partnership between May Gurney and WSP.

The partnership MGWSP has been selected as preferred bidder for Suffolk County Council’s highways services contract worth up to £200 million over five years, with the possibility of an extension to ten years.

The council announced it would reopen the deal after it failed to reach agreement with Balfour Beatty Living Places as its preferred bidder last month.

Balfour Beatty Living Places, Amey, Carillion/Mott MacDonald, Enterprise Mouchel and MGWSP were all invited back to the table to find a new preferred bidder for the scheme.

This new award, which covers the design and delivery of maintenance and improvement works across Suffolk’s 6,500km highways network, is still subject to approval by the council’s cabinet on 26 February.

May Gurney chairman Margaret Ford said: “We are delighted that May Gurney/MGWSP has been chosen as preferred bidder by Suffolk County Council for the highways services contract, which consolidates our position as a leading provider of essential front-line services to more than 80 local authorities across the UK.”

WSP head of infrastructure Duncan Symonds said: “This announcement is extremely welcome and adds to the strength and depth of the MGWSP partnership, which has already been proven successful through five years with Northamptonshire County Council.”

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