Four teams have won places on a £300m highways maintenance and construction framework in the Midlands.
The winning bidders picked by the Midlands Highways Alliance for the four-year contract are: a Tarmac / Carillion joint venture; Ringway; Bam Nuttall and Balfour Beatty / Birse.
Shortlisted firms who miss out are: Interserve; May Gurney; Jackson Civil Engineering; and a joint venture between Aggregate Industries and Geoffrey Osborne.
The successful teams will begin work on roads construction and maintenance projects across the region immediately, including the £4m Loughborough Eastern Gateway in Leicestershire.
Typical construction schemes on the framework are expected to include bridges, subways, culverts and retaining walls, as well as town centre enhancements. Drainage improvements, canal works and other infrastructure works such as waste management facilities will also be required.
The MHA is a partnership between 13 local authorities and the Highways Agency. Its members include Derby, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Peterborough, Rutland, Staffordshire and South Derbyshire councils. Launched in 2007, the MHA is forecast to save the region more than £16m by 2013.
Lesley Pendleton, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Lead Member for Environment and Transport said “This is a new contract for the MHA which will mean highway schemes can be delivered through the Midlands Highway Alliance framework more swiftly and efficiently.”
“We are delighted to have selected these highly-regarded, established contractors and I am sure it will prove to be a very successful arrangement that will improve the service we offer to local residents.”