The annual programme highlights the work suppliers do to drive down costs and deliver innovation within schemes to improve safety, value, better management and diversity.
• Managing down cost/improving value – A-one+ for significantly reducing design costs and programmes through collaborative planning and visual management techniques.
• Supply chain management – Joint winners: Amey and Concrete Repairs for their work with specialist carbon fibre suppliers on the M5 Quinton Interchange. Also Mouchel with Ramboll for work on phase 3 of the Birmingham box smart motorways project.
• Health and safety – BAM Nuttall Morgan Sindall joint venture for eliminating the need for workers to cross a live carriageway on the M62 junction 25 to 30 smart motorway scheme.
• Promoting diversity and inclusion – Amey for its commitment to supporting and developing its people, and for careful consideration of local communities in Area 9, and Atkins for their work to promote gender balance in the workplace by attracting and supporting female employees.
• Delivering sustainable value and solutions – EM Highway Services for their work in Devon and Cornwall using seeds from local meadows to create similar habitats on the Highways Agency’s roadside verges. Also the Skanska Balfour Beatty joint venture for significantly reducing the energy used and carbon footprint of the M25 widening schemes.
Graham Dalton, chief executive of the Highways Agency, said: “It’s been another successful year for our supplier recognition scheme. Yet again, large numbers of our suppliers – who are so fundamental to our business – have shown the type of innovation that will help us to be recognised as the world’s leading road operator.
“We’ll be looking to our supply chain to show more of this kind of good work to support the Highways Agency’s journey as we significantly increase investment and customer service.”