The Highways Agency’s new Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF) involves 26 companies across four lots – three for construction, according to value of project, and one for design. The framework is designed to speed up and simplify procurement procure for up to £5bn of investment in England’s motorways and major A roads over the next five years.
There are no particular surprises, other than that no single contractor is in more than one lot, so the work looks set to be shared around the industry. However, there is a significant overlap in the value criteria of the three construction lots.
Highways Agency chief executive Graham Dalton said: “This framework is the largest we have ever awarded. It will allow the Agency to deliver large scale improvements to England’s strategic roads, enabling economic growth across the country.
"It is not just the scale of this framework that is important, but the way it is designed to bring the Agency, designers and contractors together in one large collaborative team. We expect to deliver this major investment programme efficiently, speedily, and with real effort to minimise disruption to road users while we build."
Commercial and procurement director David Poole added: “The way the Agency is doing business is evolving to meet the historic levels of investment we will be delivering and this framework is a key part of making this more efficient and collaborative. This framework has also been designed to support the industry and encourage small and medium sized businesses to grow throughout the contract.”
Lot 1 - Professional design and engineering services
- CH2M HILL
- Hyder Consulting (UK)
- Jacobs UK
- Mott MacDonald Limited/Grontmij JV
- Ove Arup & Partners
- URS Infrastructure and Environment (UK)
- WSP Civils Limited/Parsons Brinkerhoff JV
Lot 2 - Medium value construction work (scheme values up to £25m, may be extended to £50m)
- EM Highway Services
- Geoffrey Osborne
- Interserve Construction
- John Graham Construction
Lot 3a - High value construction work (scheme values between £25m and £100m, may be extended to £300m)
- Galliford Try Infrastructure
- Hochtief (UK) Construction
- John Sisk & Son/Lagan Construction JV
- Kier Infrastructure & Overseas
- Vinci Construction UK (trading as Taylor Woodrow) / Vinci Construction Grands Projects JV
Lot 3b - High value construction work (scheme values between £100m and £450m)
- Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering
- BAM Nuttall/Morgan Sindall JV
- Carillion Construction
- Costain Limited
- Skanska Construction UK