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£40M Highways England South West design contract

News   •   Feb 27, 2017 16:33 GMT

Kier Highways Limited awarded £40M contract as part of Highways England’s new delivery arrangements in South West.

As part of the government’s record £15Bn investment to improve and maintain the country’s motorways and major A roads, Kier Highways Limited has been awarded £40M in Asset Delivery contracts in the South West.

In a change of usual ways of working, Highways England will now take direct responsibility for managing both routine maintenance and the delivery of capital renewal and improvement schemes, and have greater control over the future of the network, ensuring the smooth functioning of its South West major roads.

These types of contracts will allow Highways England to directly engage with our supply chain which drives down cost and waste, whilst providing the best possible value for tax payers, and service for customers.

The contract, which runs over five years, will see Kier taking design briefs and turning them into well- defined packages of work, with duties such as preparing technical designs and undertaking supporting work for capital renewal projects and improvements. Kier will also be designing briefs to repair major roads and get them back running as normal after incidents will also form part of the work.

David Poole, Executive Director for commercial and procurement at Highways England, said: “We are delighted that Kier Highways Limited will be part of our new Asset Delivery supply chain community across the South West.

“This contract not only builds on the new way of working already taking place in the East Midlands and North of England but also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to increasing Highways England’s capability and control over the whole road network.”

Andrew Page-Dove, Regional Director for the South West, said: “Kier Highways currently operates a number of key support contracts and we are confident that this award will build upon our existing successful relationship and deliver a high quality service throughout the South West. We look forward to working with them.”

In April, a range of suppliers will been appointed to the new framework for delivering construction works and a contract will be awarded in March for the maintenance and response contract, both of which will help to deliver the designs provided by Kier Highways.

The delivery of design services will begin from July 2017.

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