Construction value is expected to be around £100m. Overall project cost is estimated at £290m.
This early contractor involvement (ECI) contract involves the construction of a 10km dual two-lane carriageway with four road and rail bridges linking the A6 at Hazel Grove to Manchester Airport. Work is expected to start on site early in 2015 and be completed within two years.
By improving access to south east Manchester and east Cheshire, the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road will benefit communities and the local economy, in particular assisting the potential growth of Manchester Airport and Airport City as well as areas of Stockport, Manchester and Cheshire East.
Gary Crisp, contracts director for the Carillion Morgan Sindall joint venture, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to support the development of this vital scheme to improve the road network south of Manchester.
“Carillion and Morgan Sindall have an established joint venture history, having worked together successfully on the £209 million Dishforth to Leeming contract to upgrade 22km of existing A1, which was completed on-time last year.”
The news follows the announcement earlier this month that the Department for Transport has awarded programme entry status for the scheme and a commitment of government funding, subject to completion of all the remaining statutory procedures.
The funding has been secured through a combination of £165m of specific DfT capital grant, £105m of additional capital grant funding from the government through the recently approved Greater Manchester Earn Back model, and £20m of Local Transport Plan (LTP) funding.