Trio team up for ‘end-to-end’ asset management

Highways Reporters

A trio of leading firms have launched a bespoke ‘end-to-end’ asset management service for local authorities.

Tarmac has forged a strategic partnership with leading highways data specialist Gaist, and Metis, a civil engineering consultancy specialising in highway asset management.

Working together, the trio offers an ‘end-to-end asset management service’, from data collection and analysis through to securing funding and scheme delivery.

Peter Hyde, Tarmac Highways Services director, said: ‘Highways networks are often local authorities’ biggest asset, yet many councils are struggling with maintenance, trapped in a cycle of inadequate funding and inefficient reactive repairs.

‘Our pioneering asset management offer will empower local authorities to build a data-led and financially sound highways investment and works programme. These will ultimately provide socio-economic benefits that ultimately cut maintenance backlogs while delivering long-term savings.’

Simon Jones, director at Metis, added: ‘A data-led asset management plan is key to unlocking funding both internally and externally. We have the capability to assist with evidenced based business cases and securing Band 3 status through the Department for Transport’s Incentive Fund. Our long-term view facilitates efficiencies through our collaborative approach to optimised multi-year maintenance programming.’

Tarmac and Gaist previously collaborated successfully on a four-year programme of work with Blackpool Council. The adoption of a whole-life investment and treatment strategy in the city is estimated to be worth £100m in savings over a generation.

Steve Birdsall, managing director at Gaist, said: ‘Everything we do is led by data, and by helping clients to understand their road assets we can help them to develop an optimised strategy to promote innovation, deliver better performance and improve customer satisfaction.’

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