Contract Awards – August

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