Contracts & Frameworks – Who’s won what?

Contracts & Frameworks – Who’s won what?

Since our last roundup, the Transport & Infrastructure sectors have been as busy as ever with a huge amount of bidding activity.

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Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded across Transport & Infrastructure…


Area 9

Colas have won a £328m contract to maintain major roads across National Highways’ Area 9.

From 1 July, the contractor will carry out routine maintenance, repairs, emergency response and severe weather services across West Midlands, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and part of north Gloucestershire. Its contract is set to run for eight years and could be worth up to £328m. Area 9 is the largest of National Highways’ 14 regions.


Costain have been awarded the contract to reconfigure junctions on the M6 motorway. The £100m job will include relocating a J33 slip road 2km to the north in Lancashire and connecting the new slip road with the existing A6. This will create a bypass for the village of Galgate.

East Sussex

Three bidders have been shortlisted to provide highway maintenance and infrastructure services for East Sussex in the future. Ringway Jacobs, Balfour Beatty Living Places and Colas have been selected to move to the next stage of the procurement process by East Sussex County Council. The announcement of the preferred tenderer to be made in September 2022.

Lower Thames Crossing

In September it was announced that five bidders had been shortlisted for the two LTC roads contracts, worth a combined £1.9bn.

Those shortlisted for the £600M Kent Roads contract are BFV JVCostainKier Eiffage JV and Skanska. Shortlisted for the £1.2bn Roads North of the Thames contract are Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering and Kier Eiffage JV. All three contracts are expected to be awarded by the middle of next year.

Surrey County Council

Has awarded its highways maintenance contract, initially worth £1.2billion, to Ringway. Ringway will take over from Kier Highways in April 2022, for at least ten years and potentially up to 21 years.


Procure Partnership Framework

Morgan Sindall, Kier and Galliford Try are among firms on a new £1.8bn framework covering the North West.

The framework has been split between building and infrastructure works and contains different value lots. The highest value band is for projects worth more than £30m. The projects covered include construction work for pipelines, powerlines, highways, roads and railways.


SCAPE has opened the pre-qualification for its £4bn civil engineering framework. The national civil engineering framework is due to begin next year and run until 2027, with an option for it to be extended a further two years. Scape estimates that £3.25bn of work will be awarded through one framework covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and £750m across another agreement covering Scotland.


National Grid – Grain LNG

J Murphy & Sons have been awarded a c£100m contract to expand a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facility on the Isle of Grain in Kent. The contract includes delivery of three gas compressors and equipment rooms, two submerged combustion vaporisers and two export tank pumps.

National Grid Snowdonia Tunnel

Hochtief has been contracted to design and supply a cable tunnel, one 400kV cable circuit and one 132kV cable circuit. The Snowdonia Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project intends to remove 3km of overhead power lines from the Dwyryd Estuary and put them in a new underground tunnel.

Sofia and Dogger Bank C

J Murphy & Sons has won the contract to design and build onshore civils works for two multi-billion pound offshore wind farms. Developers behind the £3bn Sofia and £3bn Dogger Bank C facilities have joined together to appoint Murphy to deliver high voltage direct current cables packages.

Humber Zero

Wood has been appointed as the integration project management contractor for Humber Zero, one of the leading industrial decarbonisation projects in the UK.


HS2 (Construction)

At least £15bn of work across and more than 35 construction contracts have already been awarded. In the last year the following have been won:

  • Station lifts and escalators framework – TK Elevator (£316m)
  • Production of precast concrete segments (south) – Pacadar UK
  • Enabling civils works Package 2 on Phase 2a – Kier (£50m)
  • HS2 Phase One Stations: Construction Partner (Curzon Street) – Mace and Dragados (£570m)
  • Early environmental works contract Phase 2a – Balfour Beatty (£52m)
  • Geotechnical work on the C1 package of HS2 – Keller Group and VSL International (£167m)

You can find the full list here.

HS2 (Rolling Stock)

Following delays due to Covid, a Hitachi/Alstom JV has been awarded the contracts to build high speed trains for the megaproject. The contracts – worth around £2bn – will see the JV design, build and maintain a fleet of 54 high speed trains that will operate on High Speed 2 (HS2).

Network Rail

In November, Network Rail announced they have launched the search for £4.3bn Southern Integrated Delivery (SID) civils partners to deliver work over 10 years. Tenders will be submitted this month, and “appointed business partners” within the SID will then sign into a development phase agreement which is scheduled two take place between December 2024 and April 2024 with the agreement starting in April 2024.


MCS consortium, a joint veture of Mace, Comtech and SYSTRA have won the programme delivery partner role on Canada’s largest infrastructure project which has been described as the country’s equivalent of HS2.

The CA$10.9bn (£6.4bn) Metrolinx scheme will run for 10 years in an area around the Ontario cities of Toronto and Hamilton with work including new stations, electrification of existing lines, new rail lines, upgrading existing stations and signalling.

Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive

Have appointed Turner & Townsend to provide project control services across three major programmes. The new contract will build on Turner & Townsend’s existing programme management with Nexus and see it continue to work services across the transport authority’s Metro Futures, Metro Flow and infrastructure programmes.

Belfast Transport Hub

A JV of Farrans and Sacyr has been appointed to deliver the main works for a £200m major transport hub in Belfast. The construction project will include building 26 bus stands and eight railway platforms.

East West Rail

Jacobs and Arcadis have both won consultancy contracts. Jacobs has been appointed as its Programme Partner for the next three years on the £5bn Oxford to Cambridge rail line.

Arcadis has been appointed as Commercial Partner focusing on developing the business case and submitting the application for a Development Consent Order to build the next stage of the rail link.


Have agreed a contract with mobile phone companies Three and EE to deliver high-speed mobile coverage across the London Underground (LU) network. This comes after TfL awarded a 20-year concession to BAI Communications (BAI) last year, which will enable 4G and 5G-ready uninterrupted mobile coverage on the whole LU system.


Manchester Airport Group

KierBAM and Vinci, Galliford Try and Murphy are amongst the firms appointed to a £700m capital works framework for Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports. The full list can be found here.

It is split into three disciplines, a £200m lot for civil construction works, a £300m lot for new build and fit out works and a £200m lot for refurbishment jobs.

Each discipline is then divided into 12 sub lots based on value bands and the airport at which the works will be carried out. Kier is the only contractor to have been appointed to all 12 lots.


Scottish Water

Arcadis, AECOM, Faithful + Gould and Turner & Townsend are among the consultants who have been named on Scottish Water’s commercial services framework. They have won spaces on lots 1 and 3 of the framework, which will support the company’s £4.5bn Capital Investment Programme until 2027.

Anglian Water

AECOM, Mott MacDonald and Turner & Townsend have been awarded a five-year extension to their position on Anglian Water’s Commercial Outperformance and Construction Economics (COCE) framework. The new contract extends the major commercial outperformance framework to 2026.


Building Decarbonisation Framework

Fusion 21 have awarded 50 firms to their £750m Building decarbonisation framework, including; Kier, Wates, BAM Construct and Vinci.

The decarbonisation framework will deliver projects focused on improving energy efficiency in housing association properties and public sector buildings, including thermal fabric improvements, heating, renewables and other upgrades.

Procurement Hub – Major Projects framework

Willmott Dixon, Robertson and Farrans have been selected for a £4.2bn major-projects framework.

Procurement Hub, part of the developer and property management company Places for People, confirmed the three would deliver projects on the second generation of the Major Projects framework, which includes local government, housing, health, transport and education projects. The deal will run for at least four years with an option to extend it for a further two years.

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Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director