Even with lockdown restrictions, it’s still been a busy few months for the transport and infrastructure sectors when it comes to contracts and frameworks being awarded.
Here’s a roundup of the major contracts awarded across the transport & infrastructure sectors…
A Hochtief and Murphy joint venture (HMJV) has been awarded a £400m National Grid contract to deliver tunnelling and shaft work as part of the second phase of the £1bn London Power Tunnels project.
The Irish transmission system operator have appointed WSP to provide specialist consultancy services for the development of a high voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnector between Ireland and France. The interconnector will provide 700MW of power between the Irish network, near Cork, to the Brittany region of western France, using a combination of underground and submarine cables which will link new HVDC converter stations in both countries.
The Crown Estate
Arup was been appointed by Crown Estate Scotland as specialist reviewers for ScotWind Leasing – the first offshore wind leasing round in Scotland for a decade.
Announced the award of 82 framework contracts to deliver design services across the country, worth an estimated £400m for CP6 up to £640m including the options to extend the framework into CP7. The full list of winners can be found here.
And then in February, they also announced £3.6bn worth of signalling frameworks. The frameworks are split into five geographical lots. They have been awarded to:
- Alstom (Southern Region and Eastern region).
- Siemens Mobility Ltd (Scotland Region and North West & Central region).
- A joint venture between Hitachi Rail STS UK Ltd and Linbrooke Services Ltd (Wales & Western region).
In April, the four main civils contractor JV’s were given approval for work on full detailed design and construction to commence on Phase 1. Those four JV’s are; SCS Railways, Align JV, EKFB and BBV JV.
Earlier this month, HS2 also began the procurement for specialist contractors for almost £2bn of track systems work. There are four contracts which will provide around 280km of high-speed track and will cover the section of the route that runs between London and Birmingham and onto Crewe.
This is the first of the rail systems contracts to come to market, so we expect others will follow suit shortly.
Avanti West Coast
Have awarded a contract worth more than £350m to Hitachi Rail to provide and maintain 23 new intercity trains (135 carriages), to be built at its Newton Aycliffe factory.
Alstom have also won a £642m seven-year deal to refurbish and maintain its current fleet. All 56 electric Pendolino trains deployed on the West Coast Mainline will be overhauled in the deal.
Mace has won the £750m programme management contract for the expansion of Iceland’s Keflavik airport. The project is expected to take place over a 10-year period.
Westminster City Council
A Carey / J Murphy & Sons JV has won a contract worth up to £235m to deliver changes to Oxford Street in central London. The plans will include two new public piazzas at Oxford Circus, which will further develop public realm and pedestrianisation in the area.
The public sector procurement agency has awarded the second generation of the professional services framework, which covers projects up to £500m. 77 providers have been split across 18 service specific lots in seven geographical regions, including civil, structural and highways engineering, building services, landscaping and building surveying.
A significant number of contracts were won by WSP UK Ltd and Pick Everard, which have been appointed to 14 and 12 lots respectively, across all seven geographical regions. New appointments to the framework for 2020 include AECOM, RSK Environment Ltd and Mace.
Have awarded a series of regional build contracts for the expansion and maintenance of its next-generation gigabit network across the UK. The winners are:
- Kier: Scotland, South London, the South Coast & South East
- Actavo: Northern Ireland
- Avonline: North East, South West & South Wales
- NMCN: North West & North Wales + Yorkshire & East Midlands
- Comex: West Midlands
- Kelly: North London, Homes Counties & East Anglia
Hampshire County Council
Have revealed their major public sector civils framework. The framework will last four years and is for civil engineering, transportation, and infrastructure work with a value between £50,000 and £10m. It consists of two lots:
- Lot 1 – Hampshire and the South East: Dyer and Butler, Eurovia UK, Farrans Construction, Jackson Civil Engineering, John Graham Construction, Kier Integrated Services, Knights Brown Construction, Mildren Construction and Alun Griffiths.
- Lot 2 – South West: Dyer and Butler, Eurovia UK, Farrans Construction, Jackson Civil Engineering, John Graham Construction, Kier Integrated Services, Knights Brown Construction, Mildren Construction, Alun Griffiths.
Hub South West
The Scottish construction framework have revealed the contractors for its £500m tier one framework. Morrison, Morgan Sindall and Kier all retained places on Hub South West’s tier one framework with Bam Construct and Robertson Construction also added to the list.
Carmarthenshire County Council
Have announced the firms appointed to the £1bn South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework. The four-year framework can be used organisations in the public and private sector throughout Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Swansea. A full list of the contractors awarded can be found here.
Have announced the contractors for its £350m “Thames-wide” infrastructure and non-infrastructure capital programme. The works have been awarded in two lots:
- Lot one – non-infrastructure: Costain, MWH Treatment, Mott MacDonald Bentley, Kier Infrastructure, Glan Agua, Galliford Try, Barhale, Bridges Electrical.
- Lot two – infrastructure: Kier Infrastructure, Morrison Utility Services, Galliford Try, J Browne Construction, Barhale & Clancy Docwra.
Thames Water began procurement for £2.3bn worth of works for its Capital Programmes Framework in March.
South East Water
Clancy Docwra has secured the £250m renewal of a network-maintenance contract with South East Water. The contract will run for the next five years, with the option to extend for a further three years.
Have revealed the first firms appointed to deliver its 10-year £4.5bn smart-motorways programme. Contractors include Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Costain and a BAM Nuttall / Morgan Sindall joint venture. WSP and Jacobs have been named design partners. Fluor has secured the programme management role.
Highways England have announced the three joint ventures that have been shortlisted to deliver the A303 tunnel near Stonehenge, worth £1.7bn:
- BMJV, comprising Bouygues Travaux Publics SAS and J Murphy & Sons.
- HDJV, comprising Hochtief Infrastructure GmbH and Dragados SA.
- MORE JV, comprising FCC Construcción SA, Salini Impregilo SPA and BeMo Tunnelling UK.
The groups are expected to submit their final tenders to Highways England within the next six months and the preferred bidder will be announced next year.
Costain has secured a £210m contract with Highways England to upgrade the A30 in Cornwall. The upgraded road is due to open by the end of 2023.
Northamptonshire County Council
A Kier/WSP JV has been awarded an extension to a highways services contract worth up to £120m. This comes as the local authority declared itself to be insolvent in 2018 and is due to be abolished next year and replaced by two smaller ones. The contract extension has taken place while the new councils operate in shadow form and draw up their own highways strategies.