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Volker Fitzpatrick & Colas win £65m brace of Birmingham contracts

Volker Fitzpatrick and Colas have been named as preferred joint venture contractors for two Midlands contracts worth a combined £65 million.

The JV is set to carry out the runway extension at Birmingham Airport and the A45 transport corridor improvement scheme.

Both projects were procured by Birmingham City Council and are being carried out in conjunction due to their proximities and time scales.

The council said it was developing the schemes together would ensure economies of scale.

The A45 upgrade focuses on the section from Coventry Road between Damson Parkway and the M42 Junction 6.

Work will start in July and is expected to take a year.

The runway extension scheme will start in June 2013 and is due to hand over in spring 2014.

Birmingham airport head of industry and government affairs John Morris said:  “By meeting local demand, the airport will reduce unnecessary long-distance surface journeys to other UK airports and generate sustainable long-term economic growth inside its own local area.”

Birmingham City Council leader councillor  Mike Whitby said:  “Birmingham Airport and the A45, which links Birmingham to Coventry, the motorways and beyond, are both key strategic components of the entire West Midlands’ transport infrastructure. Making improvements and expanding capacity of both the road and airport will directly benefit the regional economy, encouraging more inward investment and enhancing our position and ability to compete on a global scale.”

Speaking on behalf of VolkerFitzpatrick and Colas, Des Steadman, MD of Civil Engineering for VolkerFitzpatrick said:  “We’re delighted to be chosen as preferred bidder and to be involved in these projects. Both organisations are pleased to continue their long standing relationships with the key stakeholders. We recognise the strategic importance of this significant infrastructure project to the region and look forward to its successful delivery.”

The runway extension works are currently estimated at £33m and will be funded by the Airport Company.

In addition, the Airport is making a further investment of £13m for the construction of a new air traffic control tower and radar system, which will be operational in 2013, and £9m in a resurfacing of the runway.

The A45 Corridor Improvement works are currently estimated at £32m, funded by £10m from Centro (the Transport Authority for the West Midlands), a £7m contribution by the Airport for the cost of the revised alignment of the A45 corridor, and potentially £15.7 million through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for which the final contract is still pending.

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