50 firms win places on £3.6bn National Highways renewals framework
Fifty supply chain partners have been named on National Highways £3.6bn framework to carry out renewals on England’s motorways and A roads.
Contractors and consultants named on the Scheme Delivery Framework (SDF) include WSP, Jacobs, Kier and Interserve. Other big name firms to win work include Amey, VolkerFitzpatrick, Morgan Sindall and Colas (see table below for full list of suppliers).
National Highways has set up the framework to enable the delivery of renewals across a range of activities, including substantial civils work on barriers and drainage, traffic management activities and design services for a range of projects.
It replaces the soon to expire existing contract mechanisms, known as the Construction Works Framework (CWF), Design Services Contracts (DSC) and Asset Support Contract (ASC).
National Highways acting executive director for operations Duncan Smith said: “Today’s announcement marks the start of a new way to keep the country's motorways and major A-roads in top condition by delivering the largest and most comprehensive renewals programme we have ever embarked on.
“The Scheme Delivery Framework will allow us to deliver these vital activities, ensuring the Strategic Road Network remains safe and serviceable, so road users can continue enjoying the benefits of smooth, reliable journeys.”
Approximately 23% of the overall framework value has been awarded to SMEs, so creating a secure pipeline of work and increasing innovation across the board.
Duncan added: “The framework offers a blend of large capital work along with smaller specialist opportunities that maximises the ability for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop a direct relationship with National Highways, driving growth within the industry and introducing more innovation.”
The framework is split into four bands:
Band A - Civil Engineering and Drainage
Band B - Temporary Traffic Management and Road Restraint Systems
Band C – Specialist works
Band D – Design
Within each band there are between two and seven lots. The lots are then subdivided into geographically focused sublots. Award values for the 50 suppliers vary between £1M and £144M, highlighting how the framework enables SMEs to operate side by side with larger companies.