Contracts and Frameworks – Who’s Won What

Contracts and Frameworks – Who’s Won What

It’s been six months since our last update on who’s won what contracts across the Transport & Infrastructure sectors. Six months in our industries is a long time, so as usual it’s a huge update…

Check out the latest contracts awarded…


Manchester Airport

Mace has won the integrated delivery partner and construction manager role on the £440m second phase of the Manchester Airport expansion.

Heathrow Airport

AECOM has been appointed to design and deliver the new baggage system and associated infrastructure for Terminal 2. Under the eight-year contract, AECOM will deliver design and project management services for a new baggage handling system and infrastructure to support the expected growth in passenger numbers at T2.


Lower Thames Crossing

Balfour Beatty has won the £1.2bn contract to design and deliver the ‘Roads North of the Thames’ package, comprising over 10 miles of new highways, connecting the M25 at Junction 29 and the A13 with the proposed Lower Thames Crossing tunnel in Tilbury, Essex.


Atkins, Jacobs and PwC have been appointed by National Highways to help develop the government’s third road investment strategy (RIS3) for England’s highway network. The Atkins Jacobs Joint Venture, working with PwC, will develop business and delivery plans, setting out the case for multi-year investment across England’s strategic road network of motorways and major A-roads.

Since this award, National Highways have revealed plans for a new mega framework to deliver £30bn of works for the RIS3 and RIS4 spending programmes.

Ahead of the big shake-up, it is starting a round of early market testing with consultants and contractors in Birmingham on the proposed structure of the new 10-year multi-lot Integrated Delivery Framework.


Costain and Mott MacDonald have been appointed to a joint venture as Delivery Assurance Partners for the A303 Stonehenge Improvements Scheme, a role which will see the two provide construction management expertise.

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Colas has secured a deal worth up to £300m to look after roads for a local authority in the North West, replacing the current incumbent, Ringway when their contract concludes in the spring.

Surrey County Council

Atkins has been appointed to develop and lead maintenance and improvement works across Surrey’s 3,000-mile road network, as part of a major investment programme. Under the terms of the £40m+, 5-year Highways and Infrastructure Professional Service contract – which includes option of a further 4 years – Atkins will deliver asset management design for single carriageways, dual carriageways, and local roads, as well as associated infrastructure such as bridges, embankments, street lighting and drainage systems.

East Sussex Highways

Balfour Beatty has won a seven-year, £297m contract by East Sussex County Council for the maintenance of highways assets and delivery.

Hampshire County Council

VolkerFitzpatrick has won a £81m upgrade to junction 10 on the M27 in Hampshire to pave the way for the planned 6,000-home Welborne Garden Village development.

Leicester City Council

AECOM has signed a memorandum of understanding with digital start-up ORIS to collaborate on carbon impact assessments for road designs. AECOM will use the ORIS software to assess the carbon emissions of road projects to enable engineers to quickly compare and quantify different design solutions and scenarios.


Network Rail

Network Rail has announced AmcoGiffen, Octavius, BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, and Taylor Woodrow will be among their trusted suppliers involved in delivering Wales and Western region’s £2bn programme of works over the next eight years.

The six contracting arrangements are:

  • Wales and Western electrification and plant – AmcoGiffen
  • Wales and Western stations and buildings work contract, covering ongoing maintenance and renewals of canopies, buildings, depots, platform structures, car parks and subways – Octavius
  • Wales and Borders structures – AmcoGiffen
  • Wales and Borders geotechnical and off-track drainage work – BAM Nuttall 
  • Western geotechnical and off-track drainage work – Taylor Woodrow
  • Western structures including ongoing maintenance and renewals of assets such as bridges, tunnels, walls and culverts – Morgan Sindall Infrastructure


AECOM has been appointed as design partner on HS2’s £370m Interchange Station in Solihull. They are joining Laing O’Rouke on the project, after the contractor was appointed to build the 150-hectare development in July.

East West Rail

Mott MacDonald and WSP has been appointed as technical partners for the next phase of development in the East West Rail link project. The joint venture’s work will include preliminary engineering and systems design, environmental assessment and management of the statutory processes.


Rider Levett Bucknall UK (RLB UK) has been appointed to deliver professional safety, health and environment services for Translink, the Northern Ireland transport holding company.

Lambeth Council and Network Rail

Grimshaw has been commissioned to develop the Waterloo Station Masterplan as well as London’s surrounding Southbank area. The master plan will improve the traffic of 5 connections and renovate the terrain.


United Utilities

United Utilities has shortlisted three consortia for the Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme (HARP) contract; this deal is currently estimated to be worth £1.75bn.

The shortlist includes:

  • HARP Community Connectors: Acciona, Dragados, and Iridium
  • More Water: FCC Construction, SNC-Lavalin, FCC Aqualia, Webuild, and BeMo Tunnelling.
  • Strabag Equitix Consortium

Thames Water

Barhale has been confirmed as the major contractor on a £9m package of schemes under Thames Water’s Raw Water Tunnel Inspection & Refurbishment programme.


UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The UK Government has awarded Contracts for Difference (CfDs) to five offshore wind projects at a strike price of GBP 37.35/MWh each. One of the five offshore projects, which have a total generation capacity of 7 GW, is Ørsted’s Hornsea Three, for which the developer says is the world’s single biggest offshore wind farm.

The offshore wind farms awarded CfDs are:

  • 1,080 MW Inch Cape Phase 1 – Red Rock Power Limited Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
  • Moray West (for 294 MW) – EDP Renewables and ENGIE
  • 2,852 MW Hornsea Three – Ørsted
  • 1,396 MW Norfolk Boreas (Phase 1)
  • 1372 MW East Anglia Three – Vattenfall

Centrica Storage

Wood has been appointed as the integrated services partner by Centrica Storage for the company’s UK Southern North Sea operations. The five-year contract includes the provision of engineering, procurement and construction solutions, operations and maintenance services, as well as project management services for the Rough gas field and the Easington Gas Terminal in East Yorkshire.

National Grid

Jacobs has been awarded the Design and Project Services Framework with National Grid to support full construction of the Electricity and Gas Transmission cycle. The four year framework will see Jacobs provide feasibility and survey works, front-end conceptual and detailed design, through to assurance, verification and commissioning services. The framework covers 10 Lots across all National Grid’s Transmission portfolio, including substations, overhead lines, onshore cables, high-voltage direct current (HVDC), protection control & cyber, gas, civils, multi-disciplinary design services, project services and design assurance.

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

A consortium of fusion experts have been appointed by the UKAEA as engineering delivery partners to their STEP Programme. Led by Atkins and Assystem, the consortium has been chosen to drive forward the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme as UKAEA seeks to demonstrate the commercial viability of fusion energy.

Kier has also been awarded a £26.8m contract by UKAEA to build a research and development building. This will be an 8,000sq meter facility at Culham Science Centre after the project was procured through the Crown Commercial Service Framework.


Sir Robert McAlpine have won a major contract to provide groundworks and concrete structures for projects at the Sellafield nuclear site. They join Sellafield’s Programme and Project Partners (PPP) as a key delivery partner and has pledged to create a host of opportunities for West Cumbria over the lifetime of the £1bn, 17-year framework.

Sir Robert McAlpine will open a regional office in Copeland, Cumbria in the next couple of years.

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)

Mott MacDonald has been appointed as a tier one contractor for civil engineering and external hazards on its newly revised technical services framework.

Mott MacDonald has also been appointed as a tier two contractor for control and instrumentation, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, human factors, internal hazards, safety cases, probabilistic safety analysis, radiological protection, radioactive waste management and decommissioning, structural integrity, protective security and cyber security.


Liverpool City Council

Architect BDP has been appointed to lead on design and Faithful+Gould is the development manager for the final phase of the King’s Dock development in Liverpool.

The firms have been tasked with drawing up a masterplan for the clutch of sites and obtaining planning approval, at which point the city council will market the plots for sale.

North West Construction Hub

Eight firms have been appointed to NWCH’s new £1.5bn High Value Construction Framework. This framework has been procured to deliver projects across two lots: Lot 1 (£8m – £25m) and Lot 2 (£25m +).

Click here to find a list of the appointed firms.

Crown Commercial Service

Twenty-nine firms have been named on a £10bn offsite framework to help deliver more social housing, new schools, and hospital extensions. Among the most high-profile winners are Kier and Lang O’Rourke.

Click here to find a list of the appointed firms.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Kier, ISG and Willmott Dixon are among several major contractors to win multiple slots on a £600m framework to develop buildings for the DEFRA and Animal and Plant Agency (APHA) science estate.

Other contractors include Morgan Sindall, Graham, Galliford Try Mace, AECOM, Turner & Townsend and John Sisk.

Click here for further details.


Equans Regeneration, Esh Construction and Tolent Living have been named on a £500m decarbonisation retrofit framework.

This framework covers refurbishment work on domestic and public buildings, including the installation of heating and cooling systems, roof works, electricity, solar energy, steam and hot water products and ventilation systems.

Ministry of Justice

Kier has secured a £400m contract to build a new ‘smart’ prison in Full Sutton, East Yorkshire. This will be a 1,400- place facility.


Pagabo have announced the appointment of 94 suppliers to its new £1bn Medium Works Framework. Successor to the original framework launched in 2019, this second instalment of the Medium Works Framework includes construction businesses across the country that have experience in projects across all main sectors.

Click here to find a list of the appointed firms.

If your company is preparing to bid or has just won a major contract and you’re looking to make new senior hires please do get in touch to have a confidential discussion.

Author: Jim Newsom

Jim Newsom

Managing Director