Contract Awards – July

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