Contract Awards – March

Contract Awards – March

Check out the latest developments in Transport and Infrastructure. Here are the major contracts awarded this month.


Translink, Northern Ireland’s main public transport operator, has appointed AtkinsRéalis to provide design and construction management for renewal and refurbishment of their rail network’s signalling and telecommunications infrastructure.

AtkinsRéalis and Babcock International have are the two suppliers to win a place on this framework, which has a total estimated value of £150 million – £250 million, and will run until 2029, with the option to extend by a further 36 months.

Network Rail

Network Rail has started procuring for civils and construction partners to join their Midlands Rail Hub (MRH) Alliance in a contract worth £1.38bn.  

The Midlands Rail Hub Alliance will comprise Network Rail, multi-disciplinary partners, and a signalling partner (being procured separately).

The Alliance will upgrade a series of rail lines and stations around Birmingham and nearby towns and cities.

Network Rail has also named six firms who will deliver a £1bn programme of medium-sized projects for Control Period 7 in its North West & Central Region.

The deal forms part of a set of frameworks covering the “Backbone of Britain” route. The framework covers projects from £100,000 to £7m.

Story has been awarded civils and building works across the entire region; Amey Rail has taken all power and signalling projects. Murphy and Amalgamated Construction has picked up multi-lots.

Find a full list of the framework details and companies awarded here.

Additionally, the preferred bidders for Network Rail’s TSCF Signalling framework, the Eastern framework lots and the Southern Minor Works framework have been notified. All these awards are in the standstill period and will be publicly announced in the coming weeks.

Hudston Tunnel

A joint venture between Mace, Arcadis and Parsons has been selected to deliver a $16bn US tunnelling project under the Hudson River, between New York and New Jersey.

The JV, named MPA Delivery Partner, will work with the client Gateway Development Commission to coordinate stakeholders, contractors, and consultants on the project.

The project will see the construction of two new 2.4-mile-long tunnels and repairs to the existing North River Tunnel, which will take rail traffic under the Hudson River.

Mid Cornwall Metro

AECOM has won a £29m contract to take the planned Mid Cornwall Metro through to the detailed design stage of the project.

The coast-to-coast rail service will create a sustainable transport corridor through central improving current links between four of Cornwall’s largest towns.


In the US, an AECOM-led team has been selected by Amtrack to support the development of the $1.5bn (£1.2bn) Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project.

AECOM will provide a range of professional services, including project management, design coordination, stakeholder coordination, and schedule management. They will lead a strong team of technical consultants, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms.

Alstom and SLC Rail

Alstom and SLC Rail have announced plans to launch an open access train service between London Euston and Wrexham.

A formal application to launch the service was submitted to the Office of Rail & Road by the Wrexham, Shropshire & Midlands Railway JV on the 14th of March.


Department for Transport

The £1.3bn A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project application has been granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Transport, Mark Harper.

The scheme will improve the A66 between the M6 at Penrith and the A1 at Scotch Corner by dualling 30km of single carriageway.

Calderdale Council

Calderdale Council have awarded Galliford Try a £34m contract to deliver construction work the A629 Phase 2 Halifax town centre improvement scheme.

In this redevelopment, Galliford Try will improve transport in the area through pedestrianisation, new cycle routes, new bus stops and upgraded crossing facilities, as well as provide a new public space outside Halifax Central Library.

The project is fully funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund.


Thames Water

Galliford Try’s environment business has been awarded two contracts by Thames Water under their AMP7 framework. These are worth £64m in total.

The first contract will see Galliford Try Environmental building a £33m pipeline in Thames Water’s Riverside Flow Monitoring Zone in South London. This is in anticipation of increased demand from new housing developments.

The other contract, worth £31m, involves installing a 9000-meter clean-water pipeline connecting the Netley Mill Water Treatment in Guildford, Surrey with the main reservation network to the west of the town.

Additionally, Thames Water have picked Arcadis, Jacobs Mott MacDonald JV and Turner & Townsend to lead programme and project management of large infrastructure projects on their Strategic Resource Options programme.

This Programme Partner Framework will give Thames Water access to professional support services from these consultancies worth up to £160m.

Galliford Try

Galliford Try has launched a new partnership, known as GT5C, with consultancies AtkinsRéalis, WSP, Binnies, Sweco and GHD.

The partnership will enable water industry clients to meet their AMP8 programme objectives by having access to guaranteed levels of high-quality design engineering and will enhance Galliford Try’s own in-house design capability.

United Utilities

United Utilities has appointed Jacobs to join its Strategic Solutions Team, in a contract worth £166m across AMP8 and AMP9. Jacobs will support programme optimisation for United Utilities’ major capital works.

Tetra Tech’s RPS business has also been appointed to the United Utilities framework in a £100m contract to drive programme optimisation.


UK Government

Development consent has been granted for a new £400m green electricity project to upgrade the high-voltage power network in North Yorkshire.

Morrison Energy Services, part of MGroup, will deliver the new overhead line and existing overhead line refurbishment.

Murphy will build two new substations in Overton and Monk Fryston; Hyosung and Hyundai will supply transformers to the substations.

Nuclear Waste Services

WSP and AtkinsRéalis have been appointed by Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) under a 10-year agreement to support its geological disposal facilities (GDF) programme.

The two companies will work with Galson Sciences Limited, part of the Egis Group, jointly as the Major Permissions Delivery Partner.

Under the agreement, WSP and AtkinsRéalis will undertake environmental assessment, community consultations and the Development Consent Order and permitting applications required to progress with detailed geological investigations in the search for a suitable site.

Net Zero Teesside Power and the Northern Endurance Partnership

Nine leading specialist contractors have been selected to deliver £4bn of work on Teesside, to build the world’s first gas-fired power station with carbon capture. The nine contractors will share eight contract packages subject to a final investment decision due to be taken before September.

Balfour Beatty is the main construction partner to deliver the combined-cycle power station, integrated with carbon capture plant.

Costain will oversee and manage the engineering procurement and construction of the onshore CO2 gathering system serving the East Coast Cluster of industrial companies.

Find a full list of the contractors involved and further details about the project here.  

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director