Contract Awards – May

Contract Awards – May

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


National Grid

National Grid has launched the Great Grid Partnership and have named the seven partners who will support the delivery of an initial nine Accelerated Strategic Transmission Investment (ASTI) projects.

The ASTI projects form a key part of The Great Grid Upgrade, which is building the new electricity network infrastructure required to reduce the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels by connecting 50GW of offshore wind by 2030.

The partners are:

  • Construction partners – Lang O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Morrison Energy Services, Murphy and Omexom/Taylor Woodrow.
  • Design and consenting service partners – AECOM Arup JV and WSP.


Pagabo have announced the 56 suppliers appointed to its new £1.6bn Decarbonisation Solutions Framework – including Morgan Sindall, Kier, and Willmott Dixon.

Kingston upon Hull City Council (HCC) is serving as the contracting authority for the framework, which will run for four years.

The national framework provider recently launched its healthcare specific decarbonisation framework (mentioned in last months blog). This latest instalment will support public sector organisations completing building works in all other sectors.

The framework has four value banded lots in each of the 12 geographical regions, giving a total of 48 sub-lots.

  • Lot 1 – up to £1m
  • Lot 2 – £1m to £5m
  • Lot 3 – £5m to £15m
  • Lot 4 – £15m+

Find a full list of the suppliers here.

South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

Skanska has been awarded a $861m (c£680m) contract to transform the 73-acre South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) into one of the USA’s largest dedicated offshore wind ports.

This critical infrastructure will support Empire Wind, which is currently being developed by Equinor 15 to 30 miles off New York.


Stobbarts has won a £40m infrastructure deal at Sellafield nuclear power station. The firm will support Sir Robert McAlpine on groundworks and concrete work on the plant.

The contractor was appointed by Sellafield’s Programme and Project Partners (PPP), a coalition of Kellog Brown and Root, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Altrad Babcock and Sellafield Ltd.


Network Rail

Network Rail has appointed 15 suppliers to its Eastern Routes Partnership (ERP) framework, set up to deliver £3.5bn of work through Control Period 7.  

The framework covers four main delivery areas: building & civils, signalling & telecoms, contact systems, and distribution & plant.

The ERP will be in place for all five years of CP7 with an option to extend for up to five years from 2029 (CP8).

Companies on the framework are: Amco, BAM, Morgan Sindall, Story, Taziker, CK Rail, Amey, Atkins, Trackwork, Hawthorne, Keltbray, Linbrooke, Octavius, and Lowery.   

Find further details here.

COWI has been awarded a design contract by Network Rail for
a section of the TransPennine Route Upgrade (TRU) scheme between Stalybridge
and Huddersfield.

They will develop engineering solutions for the route with
the objective of minimising impact on adjacent communities, reducing
construction during and costs, all with sustainability and safety oversight.

COWI will be responsible for the tunnelling works for three
Victorian era tunnels as well as off track drainage and geotechnical work.

GB Railfreight has extended its haulage contract with Network Rail. The contract is a two-year extension, with an option to extend for an additional third.

Network Rail is also conducting early market engagement on a long-term £150m to £200m contract to design, develop, construct, and operate trackside battery systems to power trains.

They intend to hold an engagement briefing on the 12th of June to talk with potential suppliers about the Energy Hubs: Battery Systems contract. The official contract notice is estimated to be published on the 1st of January 2030.

Sydney Metro

A joint venture of John Holland and Laing O’Rourke has been awarded a second Sydney Metro contract along the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor, which will upgrade the Bankstown Station precinct.

The Southwest Metro Conversion and Station Works package also includes upgrades to nine other Metro stations, as well as the final conversion works for 13 km of the almost 130-year-old T3 Banktown Line to metro standards.

British Steel

British Steel has won a multi-million-pound contract to supply rail for a new high-speed electric railway in Turkey.

The manufacturer will deliver tens of thousands of tonnes of track for the project, connecting Mersin wit the cities of Adana, Osmaniye and Gaziantep in Southern Turkey.

Creating lower-emission transport links between Turkey’s second largest container port and its inland cities, the project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 150,000 tonnes a year.

Edinburgh Trams

Siemens Mobility in a joint consortium with Bilfinger UK has been awarded an eleven-year contract extension for the maintenance of Edinburgh Trams.

The contract includes the continuous maintenance of the overhead contact line system, the track, SCADA and signalling system of the Edinburgh Tram infrastructure network.


Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council have alerted contractors to £850m of planned highways work. The framework is expected to be in place from late January 2025 and run for up to four years.

The framework is split into two lots. The first, worth a total of £100m, will be made up of projects valued up to £1.5m. The second lot, worth £750m, will be made of projects worth more than £1.5m.

NY Highways

NY Highways, a fully owned subsidiary of North Yorkshire Council, has selected 15 contractors to deliver a £300m road surfacing framework across nine local authorities in Yorkshire.

The four-year framework is divided into four lots.

  • Lot 1 – work up to £500,000.
  • Lot 2 – work between £500,000 and £2m.
  • Lot 3 – work between £2m and £6m.
  • Lot 4 – works including recycling, kerbing, minor drainage, and ironworks.

Galliford Try has a place on the first three lots and Colas has a place on lot 4.

Find a full list of companies on the framework here.


Al Maktoum International Airport

Emirate of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced, at the end of April, plans worth $35bn (£28bn) to expand the Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).

These plans will make the DWC the largest airport in the world, as it expands from two runways to five and will have the capacity to process up to 260m passengers a year.

Leeds Bradford Airport

Farrans Construction has begun construction work for Phase 1 of the £100m Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) terminal regeneration.

The privately funded £100m development, known as LBA:REGEN, will deliver a 9,500 sq m, three-story extension to the existing terminal, alongside a significant refurbishment of the current facilities.


South West Water

South West Water has chosen the alliance Amplify to deliver its £2.8bn AMP8 investment programme. Amplify, made up of BAM, Clancy, Mott MacDonald Bentley, Tilbury Douglas, MWH Treatment and Network Plus Evolve, will improve major infrastructure and strengthen water resilience in the South West between 2025 and 2030.

Northumbrian Water

33 firms have secured places on Northumbrian Water’s £3.6bn AMP8 capital investment programme.

Find a full list of the companies on the programme here.

Thames Water

Barhale has been selected to deliver a £21m shaft scheme for the Thames Water Ring Main (TWRM) in West London.

The scheme will upgrade the existing inspection shaft on the TWRM fresh water artery running beneath London to provide additional resilience of supply in the west of the capital.



The Ministry of Defence’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is looking to speak to suppliers as it shapes multi-billion-pound infrastructure plans.

AWE has issued a prior information notice (PIN) for its Future Infrastructure Programme which covers new accommodation, laboratories, testing facilities, site services, and advanced manufacturing facilities.

They’re looking to set up a 10-year framework, worth up to £900m, as part of a strategy to increase its capability and testing facilities and for its non-nuclear portfolio.

The organisation is planning to establish a multi-supplier client-side partnership framework as part of the programme. The framework partners will provide professional services in support of management and delivery of this portfolio and a future multi-supplier delivery partnership who will deliver the future works.


Rolls-Royce has selected Balfour Beatty to deliver expansion works to their industrial complex in Raynesway, Derby used for the manufacture of key components in nuclear attack submarines.

As part of the package of works, which will be executed in stages over the next eight years, Balfour Beatty will deliver infrastructure enabling works, build new manufacturing and office facilities, and redevelop existing industrial buildings on site.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director