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Ringway Jacobs named as preferred bidder for £3bn Essex highways contract

Essex County Council looks set to name Ringway Jacobs as the winner of its 10-year highways maintenance and service contract worth up to £3 billion with a potential five-year extension.

The council today presented the joint venture as preferred bidder ahead of its recommended ‘reserve bidder’ Balfour Beatty and the third shortlisted bidder, Transforming Highway Services (a Costain/ Serco/ Capita Symonds joint venture).

The hotly-contested Highways Strategic Transformation Programme contract had also seen Amey, Atkins, May Gurney/WSP and Mouchel/Carillion eliminated at an earlier stage.

The work will include highways infrastructure maintenance, resurfacing and improvement works and client support services.

Ringway Jacobs will be responsible for delivering the majority of the highways and transportation services in the form of a strategic partnership with effect from 1 April 2012 excluding one-off major capital projects (typically over £500,000) which will be outside of the new contract.

The Highways Strategic Transformation Programme contract will replace the ten current major highways contracts. Nine out of the ten contracts will terminate on 31 March, 2012, with the final contract terminating on 31 March, 2013.

It is anticipated that the HST contract and final business case will be presented on 24 January 2012, for approval prior to the formal contract award.

The three shortlisted bidders held talks for eight months and dialogue was formally closed on 19 September after completion of the interim final bid evaluation.


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