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Six firms land £1.1bn highways prize

The Highways Agency has awarded six civils firms places on its new asset support frameworks, which could be worth up to £1.12 billion.

The framework is split into a North and South region and four contractors have landed places on both.

The winners are:

North: Bam Nuttall; Carillion; Costain; Interserve and Lafarge

South: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering; Carillion; Costain; Interserve and Lafarge

The new frameworks will cover repair and maintenance contracts worth up to £15 million.

The North region covers the North-east, North-west, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Midlands, while the South framework incorporates the East of England and southern regions.

The framework is for three years with an option to extend it by a further three months.

ASF North covers Highways Agency Maintenance Areas 7,9,10,12,13,14. ASF South covers areas 1,2,3,4,6 and 8.

Examples of schemes to be distributed through the framework are surfacing works, structures works, technology-related works and general highway improvements across the Highways Agency motorway and trunk road network.

The framework will be run with mini-competitions between contractors, and as yet there is no guaranteed level of spending.

Costain said yesterday that it expects £750m to be spent through the framework over three years.

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