Contract Awards – February

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