Skanska-Atkins scoop £400m highways asset support job

Aaron Morby 11 years ago
Share

A Skanska-Atkins joint venture has scooped the first of the new generation of cost-cutting highways asset support contracts.

The job is worth up to £80m a year over the 5-year term and will cover maintenance of motorways and major ‘A’ roads in the south west

Skanska and Atkins’ job will go live in July and replace the old area two managing agent contractor arrangement held by Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald, which also keenly contested the bidding for the first ASC.

The new contracts are being rolled out with the aim of delivering substantial maintenance savings and replacing
existing MACs across the country.

The Highways Agency is due to award the second ASC – for roads covering parts of the North West – later this year, with all of the agency’s maintenance work moving to the new-style contracts by 2015.

In the meantime, the agency is aiming to ‘retrofit’ fresh cost-saving approaches to existing contracts.

    New cash saving approach

  • maintenance standards become ‘outcome based’ and less prescriptive about how and when work is delivered
  • affordable levels of service, with appropriate quality but no reward for over-delivery
  • incentives for innovation and efficiency, including the opportunity for contract extensions
  • simplified pricing mechanisms with a schedule of rates and ‘year on year’ cost reduction mechanism
  • a higher cost threshold for works, to allow more procurement through the ASCs rather than by separate tender
  • managing technology maintenance and improvement works through the main contract, for more efficient and joined up delivery.

Derek Turner, the agency’s network development and delivery director said: “I believe that these new contracts deliver the best possible value for money without compromising safety.

“This is because we are selecting only the most capable and best performing suppliers through competitive, effective and timely commercial procurement.

He said: “The contracts may have changed, but our essential requirements remain the same – a safe and well maintained road network.

“Contractors will retain their incident support capability, but will be better able to deploy their staff more flexibly.”

Latest project news

BAM wins £49m Harrogate Convention Centre revamp

Local council hopes to sanction work start this autumn
6 days ago

Balfour Beatty chalks up £90m Fife College job

Main construction to start later this month major new campus
3 weeks ago

More than 100 projects share £2.1bn levelling up funding

Eden Project North and Cardiff Crossrail plan awarded £50m each in round 2 funding awards
3 weeks ago

Wates wins £142m Barking estate phase 3b rebuild

Work to start this summer on 334-home scheme
3 weeks ago

Laing O’Rourke on track for £300m Oxford campus job

Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine lodges plan for major cancer research campus
3 weeks ago

Caddick gets green light for Liverpool logistics hub

Three new units will boost warehouse capacity on Merseyside
3 weeks ago

Vistry go-ahead for East London 100 flats scheme

Vistry Partnerships JV with Peabody and TfL to build Barking Tube station project
4 weeks ago

Renaker to build Select’s £130m Manchester BtR tower

Work to start next month on 477 high-end build to rent flats at One Port Street site
4 weeks ago

Unite buys site for 36-floor London student tower

Work to start early summer on 716-bed £185m Stratford student scheme
4 weeks ago

McLaughlin & Harvey wins £29m food research hub job

Invergowrie hub will explore Barley crop resilience for Whisky industry
4 weeks ago

Plans in for £300m Westbank Leeds mixed-use scheme

JV developers Stamford and Shelborn plan four office blocks and a 19-storey hotel
4 weeks ago

Revised plans in for Sheffield 960 co-living flats scheme

Rising costs see planned city centre co-living tower block down-sized from 36 to 26 storeys
1 month ago

Iconic London store OK’d for £120m retrofit

BAM, ISG, McAlpine and Willmott Dixon in chase for Barkers of Kensington fitout
1 month ago

Galliford Try lands £95m prison contract

Contract awarded to expand HMP Rye Hill
1 month ago

Griffiths Farrans JV wins final part of A52 upgrade

National Highways confirms latest win on Nottingham road
1 month ago

Plan for Teesworks hotel and shopping complex

160-bed hotel, shops and restaurants will serve Redcar regeneration site construction workers
1 month ago

Masterplan in for £100m HMP Glasgow prison

Kier is working up designs under a preconstruction services contract
1 month ago

Henry wins final £74m phase of East London scheme

Work starts on third phase of The Guinness Partnership’s Leaside Lock East London Development 
1 month ago

Mace seals its biggest London office refit for a decade

Work starts on £120m green retrofit of iconic former Goldman Sachs European HQ
2 months ago

239 school rebuild and upgrade projects unveiled – list

Government allocates fourth funding tranche of school rebuilding programme
2 months ago

£57m zero-carbon West Sussex secondary school approved

Willmott Dixon and Kier are believed to be in chase for Bedelands Academy scheme near Burgess Hill
2 months ago

Green light for London House of Fraser redevelopment

Work starts on conversion of landmark Richmond building
2 months ago

VolkerFitzpatrick wins £200m M3 Junction 9 upgrade

Site work will start on major Hampshire junction rebuild in early 2025
2 months ago

Esh wins UK’s first net zero tri-blue light services hub

£10m Hebburn Tri Station job will start in the New Year
2 months ago

Willmott Dixon bags £50m brace of leisure and blue light jobs

Bradford firefighter HQ and Medway leisure centre jobs bring year-end work boost
2 months ago

Milestone signs ECI deal on £45m Devon road scheme

Contractor will work for nine months to design and cut carbon from the project ahead of its delivery.
2 months ago

Dozen firms win £1.3bn highways pavement framework

Four SME surfacing contractors take £100m of work from big name players
2 months ago

Glencar lands starring role on £25m Ealing Studios revamp

Builder's newly-formed London division will rebuild the iconic West London film studios
2 months ago

Robertson wins first MIM-funded Welsh school job

£65m Flintshire school campus project first to use Welsh mutual investment model
2 months ago

Domis set for £195m Boddingtons Brewery scheme

Developer Salboy buys Manchester site to kickstart long-awaited 556 homes project
2 months ago

Contractor services