Author: Ellen Dennis

Contract Awards – February

Take a look at the latest developments in Transport and Infrastructure. Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded in the last month.


Network Rail

Network Rail has awarded Amey five lots across the Category B and C capital delivery frameworks for the North West and Central region. They will provide electrification and plant works across the region for the next five years with the opportunity for a two-year extension.

Network Rail have also named six firms to deliver a £229m programme of minor works in their North West & Central region as part of Control Period 7 (CP7).

The deal is the smaller of several frameworks to be set up covering the “Backbone of Britain” route.

The successful firms include J Murphy & Sons, Amalgamated Construction, QTS Group, Construction Marine, CK Rail Solutions and JSS Rail.

Find a full breakdown of the contract lots here.

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx has announced that Arcadis and AECOM Canada are the winning consortium of the design and build Pape Tunnel and Underground Stations contract for the Ontario Line.

Balfour Beatty Vinci SYSTRA JV

BBVS JV have named Anthro, a new joint venture between VVB Engineering and Egis JV, as their M&E partner for the delivery of Old Oak Common Station in West London

This a multi-year contract for mechanical, electrical, public health, fire and communications systems works at the station.

The contract was estimated to be worth between £100m and £250m when first tendered. The project is underway with contracted services due to be delivered by late 2029.

Cardiff Council

Cardiff Council has secured £100m in government funding to develop a new public transport system in the city.

WSP and Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) have been appointed to the Cardiff Crossrail team to provide programme and cost management services.

It’s proposed that Cardiff Crossrail will create a tram link from west Cardiff, through the Cardiff Bay area and connect with a new Cardiff Parkway station on the South Wales Main Line.

Transport for London

Transport for London have announced the four bidders shortlisted to become the next operator of the Elizabeth line when the current contract with MTR Elizabeth line expires in May 2025.

These are: Arriva UK Trains, First Keolis Elizabeth line (a joint venture between First Group PLC and Keolis SA), GTS Rail Operations Limited (a joint venture between Go Ahead Holdings Limited, Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd) and MTR Corporation (UK) Limited

TfL have also announced a list of three firms bidding to become the next operator of Docklands Light Railway from April 2025. The list includes current operator KeolisAmey Docklands (a joint venture between Keolis and Amey), ComfortDelGro and Connecting Docklands.


National Highways

National Highways have appointed AtkinsRéalis to support the completion of digital and technology programmes across England’s strategic road network, including the UK’s Digital Roads Strategy, in a contract worth £50m. The Technology Programmes Strategic Resources contract will last four years.

National Transport Authority

Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) has re-appointed Jacobs to provide strategic support with the development of transport strategies, urban centre, local transport, and other area-based development plans.

Jacobs will also support with policy, guidance, and general town planning matters.

Hampshire County Council

The contractors on Hampshire County Council’s fifth generation (Gen5) civils and highways framework have been announced.

This is a four-year framework with a spend of up to £500m. The framework is split into two lots: East & West.

The awarded contractors are Milestone Infrastructure, Knights Brown Construction, Colas, Octavious Infrastructure, Jackson Civil Engineering, Griffiths Farrans JV, Mildren Construction and Alun Griffiths.

Find more details here.


Thames Water

Barhale has secured two further Thames Water contracts close to Victoria and Euston stations.

The contracts are for work on the Victoria Station Trunk Main Replacement and the Eversholt Street Mains Replacement.

These bring the total value of works Barhale has been awarded under Thames Water’s AMP7 Conditional Allowance Trunk Main Schemes to £24.8m.

Thames Water has also picked a trio of consultant joint ventures to support the delivery of their Strategic Resource options (SRO) Programme.

Technical Partner Framework winners are: Arup/ Binnies, AtkinsRéalis/Stantec and Jacobs/ Mott MacDonald.

This framework will give Thames Water the access to professional support services worth up to £300m.


Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

Mace has been named as DEFRA’s programme delivery partner for its £2.8bn Science Capability in Animal Health (SCAH) programme.

As the Programme Delivery Partner, across an initial five-year period, Mace will provide a full suite of project and programme management services, as well as PMO and planning, cost and commercial management and business advisory capabilities.

Communities and Housing Investment Consortium

The procurement group has revealed the winners of a new build framework worth £3.2bn. This is an eight-year framework for construction works and consultancy services.

Find a full list of winners here.



Kier and McLaughlin & Harvey have been appointed to Scape’s latest £3bn Utilities Works and Services Framework for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

McLaughlin & Harvey have also been appointed to lead the £1bn Scottish version of the contract alongside RJ McLeod.

These frameworks are set to run for four years, with an option to extend for a further four.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Contract Awards – January

Check out the latest developments across Transport and Infrastructure. Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded over the past month.



Siemens Mobility has secured a £47 million contract with HS2 to provide a fully integrated station information management system across all HS2 Phase 1 stations: Curzon Street, Interchange, Old Oak Common and Euston.

California High-Speed Rail

Network Rail Consulting’s US subsidiary has been awarded a $73.2m (£57.5m) contract to provide systems engineering services to California’s High-Speed Rail Programme.

California’s high-speed network, the first dedicated high-speed railway in the USA, will link the Los Angeles basin with San Francisco, with later branches to Sacramento and San Diego.

Network Rail Consulting will support the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Rail and Operations Delivery Branch in a partner role through to May 2029.

Transport for Greater Manchester

Keolis Amey Metrolink’s (KAM) operations and maintenance contract with the Transport for Greater Manchester has been extended. KAM will continue to operate and maintain the UK’s largest tram network from July 2024 to July 2027.

Network Rail

As we write this post, we understand that bidders on the Network Rail North West & Central region framework have been successful, have been informed and are in the standstill period.

In the coming weeks, we expect this to be announced.


Lower Thames Crossing

Bouygues Travaux Publics-Murphy JV have been awarded a £1.34bn tunnelling contract for the Lower Thames Crossing.

The Bouygues Travaux Publics-Murphy JV will join Balfour Beatty, who was awarded the £1.2bn package for roads north of the Thames last January, and Skanska who was named preferred bidder on the £450m Kent roads section in July.

Somerset Council

Somerset Council have awarded three, four-year contracts worth c£140m to Kiely Bros Ltd, Heidelberg Materials, and Octavius Infrastructre Ltd to deliver road maintenance and improvements across its network.

Cork M28 Motorway

Jacobs has been selected by Cork County Council to be technical advisor for the new M28 motorway, providing consultancy services during the design, construction, and closeout phases of the project.

The proposed motorway project will upgrade approximately 12km of the N28 national primary route.

Worcestershire County Council

Colas has been awarded a £22m contract to deliver the latest phase of Worcestershire County Council’s A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme (BREP). The schemes delivered by Colas will see capacity improvements at key junctions.


Northumbrian Water

Seven new partners have been selected by Northumbrian Water to deliver their AMP8 investment and beyond: Esh-Stantec, Avove, Farrans Construction, Costain, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), BAM Nuttall, and MWH Treatment.

They are joining five consultant firms who have already been appointed to the company’s £3.6bn five-year investment programme.

Together, the new partners join Northumbrian Water’s Living Water Enterprise (LWE), a 12-year partnership that will deliver large scale construction programmes across its operating areas in the North East, Essex and Suffolk.

Enfield Council

Taylor Woodrow has been awarded a £120m strategic infrastructure contract as part of Enfield Council’s £6bn Meridian Water regeneration scheme.

The main contract award follows on from the Pre-Construction Services Agreement (PCSA) three years ago which saw Taylor Woodrow develop a sustainable design and construction solution for the project and begin an early engagement with key supply chain partners.


Ministry of Justice

Pick Everard has been appointed as the sole supplier to the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) Professional Services Providers framework for the central England and Wales region.

This is a four-year framework, with the option to extend by times for one-year periods.

As part of the framework, Pick Everard will help deliver prisons, courts, probation facilities, border crossing facilities as well as Home Office and government buildings.


AtkinsRéalis and Turner & Townsend have been named as lead providers for two upcoming professional services frameworks from Pagabo.

AtkinsRéalis has been appointed as the sole provider for the £780m framework agreement that covers England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, the new £27m Scotland-specific framework has been developed with the opportunity to appoint multiple Lot 1 suppliers. Following the full evaluation of bidders both AtkinsRéalis and Turner & Townsend have been appointed to Lot 1 for Scotland.

Both frameworks will start in April 2024.

The bid process for 22 service specific lots is ongoing. 

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Contract Awards – November

Check out the latest developments across Transport and Infrastructure. Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded over the past month.


Birmingham Highways

Kier wins £2.7bn Birmingham highways maintenance and management PFI contract.

Following government approval, the new deal will start on the 1st of February 2024 and continue until June 2035. It will cover 2,500km of roadways and 5,000km of footways across the UK’s largest local authority.

Lincolnshire County Council

Balfour Beatty’s highways maintenance deal with Lincolnshire County Council has been extended to spring 2032, giving the firm a further £330m of work on Lincolnshire’s roads.

Lower Thames Crossing

Lower Thames Crossing has awarded a £1.34bn tunnelling contract to a Bouygues Travaux Publics-Murphy JV.

At 2.6 miles, the tunnel will be the longest in the UK and one of the widest in Europe.


South West Water

South West Water has announced the companies that will deliver its £2.8bn, 5-year infrastructure programme from 2025-2030.

They have appointed six contractors as main construction partners: BAM Nuttall, Clancy and Mott MacDonald Bentley for the West Region, and Tilbury Douglas, MWH Treatment and Network Plus Envolve for the East.

South West Water have also announced their consultancy partners:

  • Project management – Stantec, Long O Donnell, and Turner & Townsend.
  • Cost consultants – AECOM, ChandlersKBS, and Turner & Townsend.
  • Design – AECOM, Arcadis, Pell Frischmann, Stantec, and WSP.

Thames Water

J Browne has been awarded three contracts under Thames Water’s Area Wide Capital Delivery Framework, with a combined value of up to £200m. The work is to be delivered between 2023 and 2029.

Find a full list of the awarded work here.


London North Eastern Railway (LNER)

CAF has been awarded a contract by LNER to supply 10 tri-mode intercity trains to operate in the UK. They will run between London, Yorkshire, northern England, and Scotland.

The fleet of new trains will be able to run on battery power, electricity, and diesel.

The contract also includes an eight-year maintenance services agreement with an option to extend.

Network Rail

Network Rail has readied firms to bid for two major frameworks worth c£2.5bn for the Eastern and Midlands regions. One framework is a £1.4bn major alliance deal, which is planned to deliver the Midlands Rail Hub programme of major works across the West, Central and East Midlands. The other is worth £1.1bn for the Reactive and Small Scheme works covering building and civil assets within the Eastern region over 5 years.

Network Rail has also made firms aware of an upcoming tender race for a Reactive and Minor Works framework renewal in the Wales and Western railway region. This is a £750m framework and is expected to go live by 1st April 2025. Further details can be found here.

Additionally, Costain has been given an extension to its existing Service Partner Framework contract with Network Rail. This is a 12-month extension which runs until the end of January 2025 and is expected to be worth more than £5m.


Submarine Delivery Agency

Babcock International Group have signed a four-year £750m contract with the MOD’s Submarine Delivery Agency to deliver infrastructure upgrades to The Royal Navy’s Devonport Dockyard. As part of the major infrastructure programme underway at the Devonport site, Babcock will deliver substantial upgrades to existing infrastructure.

A part of the programme which is already underway is the rebuilding of 10 Dock. Supporting Babcock on 10 Dock are delivery partners Costain and Mott MacDonald, and main works contractor Kier BAM.


Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks have signed agreements worth over £1bn with three contractors – Keltbray Energy, OCU Services, and Clancy – for significant network upgrades to electricity infrastructure.

The three contractors will each carry out upgrade works in three allocated areas within SSEN’s central southern England distribution area, from Berkshire and West London to Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight.

National Grid

National Grid has announced three frameworks for plans to deliver major power line links and high voltage direct current converter stations to hook up the offshore wind farms.

The three frameworks are:

  • HVDC Major Works & Civils
  • HVDC Converter Systems
  • HVDC Cable

The core construction framework will be worth c£12.8bn. Find further details about the frameworks and application deadlines here.

Thyssenkrup Steel

Jacobs has been selected as program and construction management partner (PMCM) for Thyssenkrup Steel’s $2.5bn effort to decarbonise its steel mill in Duisburg, Germany. 

The project encompasses a new process using green hydrogen for iron reduction, replacing traditional coal-powered blast furnaces with hydrogen powered electric smelters.

The plant is due to go into operation at the end of 2026.

Sizewell C

AtkinsRéalis has been awarded a contract with Sizewell C to design key elements of the main nuclear power station site as part of its ongoing work on the project.

These include parts of the proposed new nuclear power station, design of the Conventional Island, Balance of Plant and Heat Sink, as well the development of the concept design for permanent roads and networks to support construction and the sites operation.

It builds on work AtkinsRéalis have delivered for Sizewell C since 2014.


Costain and Jacobs have won roles on EDF Energy frameworks to deliver services across eight nuclear power stations in the UK.

As part of the Project Management Resources framework, Jacobs will oversee operations at Dungeness B, Hartlepool, Heysham 1, Heysham 2, Hinkley Point B, Hunterston B, Torness and Sizewell B power stations.

On the Project Controls framework, Costain will support the safe operation and decommissioning of all these sites.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Contract Awards – October

Check out the latest developments across Transport and Infrastructure. Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded over the past month.


Contracts For Difference (CfD)

A record total of 95 clean energy projects have been successful with their bids in this latest allocation round – up from 93 in the previous round last year.

Half of this year’s total capacity has been secured by new solar projects, while onshore projects have delivered almost 1.5GW of capacity and secured more than double the projects (24) than last year’s round (10).  See the full list here.

UK Government

Designs from six companies have been chosen to go forward to the next stage of the selection process in plans to build the next generation of mini nuclear reactors: EDF, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy International LLC, Holtec Britain Limited, NuScale Power, Rolls Royce and Westinghouse Electric Company UK Limited.

The chosen designs are considered, by the government and Great British Nuclear, to be the most able to deliver operational Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) by the mid-2030.

In the next stage of the process, companies will be able to bid for government contracts with successful bids from the six companies going to contract award stage next summer.

National Grid

Arup and AECOM have been appointed to deliver management of the environmental impact assessment work for National Grid’s Grimsby to Walpole £1bn upgrade project.

The project will build a new high voltage overhead line in Lincolnshire, including new pylons and substations.


Yorkshire Water

BarhaleEnpure JV has been selected by Yorkshire Water for an £18m project to upgrade their Dewsbury Wastewater Treatment Works.

Thames Water

Have awarded Barhale a £16.8m contract to upgrade an important water trunk main running through the London Boroughs of Barnet and Enfield. The work forms part of Thames Water’s AMP7 Conditional Allowance Trunk Main Schemes.

Works are expected to be completed by December 2024.

Thames Water has also agreed a five-year contract extension with Mott MacDonald Bentley, which will take their current agreement through to the conclusion of AMP8 in March 2030.

Severn Trent

Costain has been awarded a £79.8m package of work to improve wastewater quality and protect wildlife for Severn Trent.


Department for Transport

Arriva Group’s CrossCountry train operating company has been given an extension to their current contract to continue operating services. The new contract started on the 15th of October, with a guaranteed four-year core term.

The Department for Transport have also extended the National Rail Contract for the West Coast Partnership (WCP). WCP comprises of Avanti West Coast and West Coast Partnership. The contract started on the 15th of October and begins with a core three-year term to the 18th of October 2026. Subject to ongoing DfT approval, the contract can last until 17th October 2032.

Network Rail

J Murphy & Sons Ltd has been awarded the second of two contracts to build the new railway station for Chelmsford’s Beaulieu development. This is a £124m contract and includes main construction work for the new station on behalf of partners Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council.

Beaulieu Park station is currently expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

Network Rail have also awarded a £93.4m main works contract to J Murphy & Sons to build the new Cambridge South Railway station. This follows enabling works conducted by Murphy in June.

The station is expected to be completed in 2025.

Transport for London

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a c.£43 million contract by TfL to deliver essential upgrade works on the Piccadilly Line.


Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council has granted nine firms places on their latest Highways Construction Work framework for transport infrastructure projects across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Cheshire roads.

This is a £100m framework and will run for two years, with an opportunity for a further two-year extension. The work has been split into two lots: small works up to £1m and projects above £1m.

Companies on Highways Construction Works up to £1m: A E Yates, Bethell Group, Carnell Support Services, Eric Wright Civil Engineering, Rosgal and The Casey Group.

Companies on the Highways Construction Works £1m-plus: BAM Nuttall, Bethell Group, Colas, Eric Wright Civil Engineering, Octavius Infrastructure and The Casey Group.

Somerset Council

Kier has been awarded a £225m, eight-year, road-maintenance contract with Somerset Council.

The contract will see Kier replace the current provider, Milestone Infrastructure, in taking responsibility for Somerset’s road maintenance.

Birmingham Highways

Kier has been named as the preferred bidder for a restructured £2.7bn 11-year PFI contract to maintain Birmingham’s Roads, subject to government approval.

Kier’s services under the new contract would begin on 1 February 2024 and continue until June 2035.

The revised contract is awaiting government approval. The city council and Birmingham Highways are currently in discussions with the Department for Transport and Treasury and are reviewing the business case for the revised deal.

Transport for London

Transport for London has awarded contracts to Arriva London, Go-Ahead London, Stagecoach London and Abellio London to ensure a further 152 new electric busses are added to the capital’s peak vehicle requirement (PVR).

The routes were confirmed across two tranches on the 12th and 20th October. Find details about the chosen routes here.

Arriva London will take the bulk of the addition zero-emission buses via a PVR of 76 across both tranches. Go-Ahead London will account for 49, Stagecoach London 16 and Abellio London 11.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Contract Awards – August

Check out the latest developments across Transport and Infrastructure. Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded over the past month.


Department for Transport

37 companies have been appointed by the UK DfT on its latest Specialist Technical and Commercial Advice for Rail and Other Transport Modes (STARThree) framework.

The DfT have appointed six “prime” suppliers who are taking on lot-wide remits, covering all categories alongside a host of specialist companies with more targeted briefs. This is the first time the DfT has employed “prime” suppliers to one of its frameworks.

The six “prime” suppliers are Arup, Costain (in partnership with GHD), Jacobs, Mace, Mott MacDonald and Steer|WSP Alliance.

The full list can be found here.

Transport for London

TfL has invited operators to express interest in an estimated £2.3bn franchise to operate and maintain the Docklands Light Railway automated light metro.

The current contract is due to expire on 1st April 2025.

The new contract is due to run for an initial eight-year period, with an option to extend up to two years and a separate option for a further seven months.

Expressions of interest should be submitted by 2nd October, and invitations to tender are expected to be issued on 2nd January 2024 to a maximum of five prequalified candidates.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

TII has appointed a multidisciplinary client partner team to deliver Dublin MetroLink Ireland’s first metro railway. The partnership is made of Turner & Townsend, WSP supported by O’Connor Sutton Cronin, Mace and PwC.

Turner & Townsend will lead the client partner team.

Iarnród Éireann

Egis has been awarded a four-year project to support Iarnród Éireann in modernising the existing signalling, electrical and telecommunications (SET) systems in Cork.

The Egis team, which includes experts from both Ireland and the UK, will also integrate key staff from JB Barry & Partners, following the recent acquisition of the Cork-based engineering firm by Egis.

Telent has been appointed by GTR to provide planned and reactive maintenance services for more than 4,000 security and information assets across GTR’s entire southern estate.

The contract includes Customer Information Systems and Public Announcement and runs for an initial two-year term.

Social Infrastructure

NHS Consultancy Framework

The winners of the £1.6bn NHS Shared Business Services Construction Consultancy framework have been confirmed. The full and updated list can be found here.

Ministry of Justice

Kier, Laing O’Rourke, and Wates have been appointed by the MoJ to provide up to 1,200 new prison places across the UK. Construction work is anticipated to begin in 2024.


Connect Plus

Connect Plus have chosen Jackson Civil Engineering, Octavius Infrastructure and Milestone Infrastructure to deliver the COFA3 call-off framework that will run for six years.  

This is a renewed deal for the three firms who previously held the COFA 2 deal alongside a fourth contractor R&W Civil Engineering, which collapsed last month and was bought in administration by Octavius.


National Grid

Jacobs and Turner & Townsend are the latest companies that have been appointed to National Grid’s new General Management Consultancy Framework to support the energy utility’s business service operations needs in the UK and US. They join ARCADIS who was awarded a place earlier this year.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

WSP has been appointed by BEIS to advice on progressing the development of Carbon Capture Usage and Storage in the UK.

WSP will lead a consortium alongside Crondall Energy and GeoEnergy Durham to provide engineering and technical advice to the department over the next two years.


United Utilities

United Utilities has invited contractors to express interest in a c£6bn build-only ten-year framework.

The framework is split into two key lots covering essentially new treatment works and new pipeline work. 

Firms have until 25th September to submit prequal documents with shortlisted firms invited to bid on 24th October.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Collaborative Alliance and Enterprise models are the future.

What makes a successful collaborative enterprise?

We’ve been interviewing for a number of enterprise models recently, who are utilising Project 13 approach. So having spoken to a good chunk of people who are living and breathing this ethos right now, I thought I would share some insights gleaned from these conversations.

1. Align the objectives of all organisations involved.

Crucially aligning commercial incentives to the programmes interests rather than to the partner organisations. Objectives have to be win win or lose lose. Everyone is in this together.

2. Put in the work upfront to determine the culture and values of the integrated organisation.

Establish how the culture differs from parent companies – taking aspects from each.

3. Agreeing how disagreements will be solved.

In a true alliance the client has a very different relationship with their contractors and there must be established procedures for talking through disagreements at alliance board level. Understanding different perspectives and listening to all parties.

4. De-badging of the parent company and re-badging as the alliance.

Treat the alliance/enterprise as an organisation in its own right. People should view themselves as working for the alliance and not their parent company.

In part this is down to good branding and internal communications, but it’s also important that parent companies don’t reach in through the back door and follow proper communication channels.

5. Co-locating.

The alliance/enterprise needs its own offices and business systems, but deeper than that, companies need to integrate. Don’t have all the employees from one company grouped together.

6. Having one source of truth.

Establish an Integrated Management System that each organisation can pull information from. One system, one source of truth.

Companies can then take data as necessary to report back to their businesses but there is no room for discrepancies.

Holding workshops to determine what systems are used can also be useful so that everyone gets a say and buys into the decision.

7. Sharing.

It must be counter intuitive to suddenly start sharing information with your competitors about what makes your project delivery so good. But this is the only way to find new solutions and create efficiencies.

Sharing best practice is fundamentally why Enterprise models will revolutionise programme delivery.

In true collaborative style it would be great to hear from you on any gems you’ve discovered from working with or in a collaborative environment. If we get another batch of great insights, I will be sure to circulate them.

Drop me an email with your thoughts.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director

Contract Awards – July

Check out the latest developments across Transport & Infrastructure. Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded over the past month.


Lower Thames Crossing

National Highways have named Skanskaas the preferred bidder on a £450m Kent Roads contract for Lower Thames Crossing. This is the second of three major contracts to be awarded, the first was to Balfour Beatty for the £1.2bn contract to deliver the ‘Roads North of the Thames’.


Three consultants have been awarded places on the new Midlands Highway Alliance Plus fourth-generation professional services framework. Amey OW and AECOM have renewed their contracts, and WSP have joined the existing line up.

The framework is expected to be in place for up to eight years and is estimated to be worth c£960m. 

Yorkshire Highways

Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Farrans and John Sisk have been selected to deliver a £360m major works contractor framework covering highways and transportation projects in Yorkshire.

The framework was awarded as a single lot to the four contractors. The agreement will span four years to 31 March 2027.


National Highways has appointed Kier to carry out an essential programme on eight bridges spanning the M6 in Cumbria. Kier Design Solutions (KDS) has already commenced its three-year design stage for the contract.


United Utilities

United Utilities have awarded Costain a contract extension to work as the Managed Service Provider (MSP) for a further two years, from May 2024 to May 2026.

This contract is an extension to the original five-year MSP contract awarded in 2019 and the has an option to be extended for a further three years, taking the partnership into the next regulatory cycle.

United Utilities are also looking for contractors to deliver their AMP8 and AMP9 investment plans.

These are set to be significantly larger than previous years – c£5.5bn over 10 years.

Works have been split into two lots – Complex Non-Infrastructure (c£4bn of work) and Complex Infrastructure (c£1.5bn of work).

Firms are required to submit prequalification documents by September 6th.

Northumbrian Water

Northumbrian Water is inviting expressions of interest in its £8bn framework for next seven years, including AMP8.

They are aiming to reshape the way they deliver capital investment and have drawn up a collaborative model of delivery that reflects long and short cycle work. Northumbrian Water are using the procurement race to create new capacity in the water industry and support market entrants.

Contractors will work in integrated client teams delivering major design and build contracts under what will be known as Living Water Enterprise lots.

Firms are required to submit prequalification documents by August 11th.



Have confirmed ten preferred bidders for a £10bn onshore infrastructure upgrade. Balfour Beatty, Siemens Energy BAM, J. Murphy & Sons, Wood Power Solutions, Omexom Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Burns & McDonnell, Morrison Energy Services, Linxon, IQA and NKT have all been selected.


Cadent has awarded Prestige Pipelaying contract to deliver Standard and Non-Standard Connections in the East of England.

The tender was expected to be awarded to multiple companies but Cadent has chosen Prestige to be their sole supplier for the region.

This is a four-year contract that has potential to be extended to eight years.

National Grid

Arcadis has been appointed to National Grid’s new Global Management Consultancy Framework.

They will advise the National Grid on decarbonising the UK’s energy supply and highlight priorities for the use of innovative new technologies and cyber security.


London Overground

Arriva has been granted a two-year extension as delivery partner for the London Overground Concession, operated with Transport for London.

Following the contract extension, Arriva will operate the London Overground network up to May 2026. 

Department for Transport

The Department for Transport has appointed 37 contractors to their £600m STARThree framework to advise on the delivery of rail, road and aviation projects.

STARThree is the Specialist Technical and Commercial Advisory for Rail and Other Transport Systems Framework.

It is split into two lots: Lot 1 worth £575m and Lot 2 worth £25m.

You can see all of the appointed contractors here.


Scape, a public sector procurement body, has unveiled two frameworks worth £4bn in total and have invited contractors to express interest.

Each framework will run for four years with an option to extend by a further two years. The first framework, worth £3bn, is for work in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland; the second, worth £1bn, covers Scotland.

Work will include construction, civil engineering, and infrastructure across a wide range of public utilities projects, including gas and heating, electricity, water, nuclear, ports, airports, and transport services.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director