Nine contractors have won places on a framework for highway maintenance and improvement schemes in the East of England that could be worth up to £400m over four years.
The Eastern Highways Framework 3 covers 10 councils and includes schemes worth up to £30m such as roundabouts, cycle paths, new roads and other infrastructure.
The contractors awarded places on the framework are BAM Nuttall, Dyer & Butler Ltd, John Sisk & Son, Eurovia UK Ltd, Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd, Geoffrey Osborne Ltd, Interserve Construction Ltd, Jackson Civil Engineering Group Ltd and Marlborough Highways.
The councils said the framework will provide benefits to the way local authorities in the region to deliver highway works, aiming to reduce the time and cost of projects and providing an efficient and effective way to procure investment in highways.
The exercise was led by Essex County Council on behalf of the Eastern Highways Alliance (EHA), which has been in existence for the last eight years.
Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council and cabinet member for infrastructure, said: ‘The creation of the Eastern Highways Framework 3 has been a huge task, led by Essex County Council, in collaboration with the authorities of the EHA.
‘It is innovative thinking and partnership working like this which demonstrates how local authorities are collaborating together in adapting to the challenges we face.’
Dyer & Butler highways director Simon White said: 'The EHA is a fantastic example of how local authorities are collaborating to create strong partnerships and to address the challenges we currently face and we are delighted to have been chosen as a principal contractor for EHA Framework 3.'
Phil Skegg, managing directing of Eurovia Contracting, said: ‘This result is a testament to the hard work and positive local relationships that our EHA Framework team has built over the last four years. I am really proud and delighted that the passion, innovation and commitment of our business in the region has been recognised for a third term by the clients in the EHA.”
The members of the EHA are: Cambridgeshire CC, Central Bedfordshire Council, Essex CC, Hertfordshire CC, Luton Borough Council, Norfolk CC, Peterborough City Council, Southend-on-Sea BC, Suffolk CC and Thurrock Council.