Amey wins new-style Highways England maintenance deal

Aaron Morby 8 years ago
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Amey has scooped the first major regional roads maintenance deal to pilot Highways England’s new regime using its own in-house team to manage delivery after switching from assets support style single contracts.

Amey will now be operating across highways maintenance areas 6,7 and 8
Amey will now be operating across highways maintenance areas 6,7 and 8

The contractor secured the area 7 East Midlands regional deal against six rivals.

It will replace the Aone+ consortium, which covered the area for seven years in a deal understood to be worth around £420m after a two-year extension.

Under the new regime Amey is understood to be in line to win routine highways maintenance for up to 15 years.

Separate contracts are expected to be let for capital delivery works, design and specialist support services in a return to a more traditional delivery approach after over 15 years of MACs and ASCs, which put contractors in the driving seat to manage the delivery regime.

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Area 7 comprises 79km of motorway and 428km of trunk roads in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. It includes stretches of the M1, M69, M6, as well as the A1, A14, and A46 and is one of the busiest network areas.

The award means Amey is now operating across East Anglia and the Midlands in areas six, seven and eight.

Highways England questioned its delivery regime more than a year ago when bids from contractors for four ASC regions came in too low to deliver the scale and quality of service expected.

This prompted Highways England first to announce its would pilot Area 7 with an in-house management approach before later deciding the other areas up for bid – 1, 2, 13 and 14 – would come under the new management regime.

A Highways England spokesman said: “This will enable us to take more ownership of investment decisions and to increase our intelligence on local factors that influence where work is needed.

“By directly engaging suppliers we will help drive down cost and waste, providing the best possible value for money for taxpayers.”

New bid packages under in-house regime

Replacement contracts are expected to be broken down into:

Maintenance and Response Contract: — Routine highway maintenance work; defect repairs, emergency incident response; delivering a severe weather service; and other similar duties

Capital Delivery (works) Contract — civil engineering works including earthworks; fencing, landscaping; road restraints; drainage and ducts; pavements, kerbs, footways, paved areas; traffic signs and markings; road lighting and electrical work for lighting; structures — piling and retention walls and structural concrete; waterproofing; painting; and any other similar duties

Design Contract — Preparing technical designs and undertaking supporting work for capital projects from an initial brief stage to as-built details including project enabling tasks and other similar duties

Specialist Support Services Contracts — May include but not limited to, technical surveys; laboratory testing; road safety audits, principle inspections, meteorological forecasting

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