Sweco Wins Places On £8.7bn Highways England Framework In Partnership With Galliford Try And Graham
Engineering consultancy Sweco is to design a range of major UK road and motorway improvement projects, as partner to two lead contractors on the new £8.7bn Highways England regional framework.
As lead designer to Galliford Try and GRAHAM, Sweco will work across three lots of the Delivery Integration Partnership programme.
The appointments will provide a strong platform to drive further growth across Sweco’s transport and environmental offering in the UK.
The new £8.7 billion framework forms part of the Government’s new Routes to Market programme, with contractors selected for eight regional lots across two Bands.
Working with GRAHAM, Sweco will deliver a range of highways improvement projects, from conventional road widening to junction enhancements, in the East and South East within Band A of the programme. This section of the framework covers packages of schemes in bands of up to £100 million.
The initial award includes three design and build projects, which include two major schemes on the M25.
As lead design partner to Galliford Try, Sweco has also secured appointments on two lots in Band B, to provide design services for schemes in the East and South West packaged in bands of over £100m.
The initial work allocated to these lots includes a package of six projects to improve the A47 corridor in Norfolk, the dualing of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester in Somerset, which is one of three planned projects designed to improve the A303/A358 corridor.
Sweco will deliver the project work through its UK network, which includes offices in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Solihull, Maidenhead, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
John Owens, operations and programme director at Sweco UK & Ireland, said: “This framework appointment represents a landmark success for our transportation business, and the latest in several significant project appointments from Highways England over the past 18 months.
“We have a strong relationship with GRAHAM and Galliford Try, which has been developed over the past 25 years through jointly delivering a number of significant design and build projects. We look forward to continue building these relationships and applying our international design expertise to deliver highway enhancements that will boost social value and reduce congestion to improve safety.”
The new framework will see the successful contractors deliver £8.7bn of construction works to improve junctions, widening and bypass schemes, over a six-year period. Sweco will provide services ranging from preliminary design to detailed design, as well as providing specialist advice on whole life costing and future maintenance or inspection requirements and enabling works to support digital platform transformations.
Max Joy, managing director at Sweco UK & Ireland, said: “Highways is a core growth area for our transportation business and this appointment is a major win for the company. It will play a key role in strengthening our footprint across the South, where there is significant potential for us to expand not just in transport, but across the multi-disciplinary services we provide for our clients. We look forward to supporting Highways England in delivering the infrastructure improvements communities across the region need.”
Sweco supports our clients on major projects nationwide via its network of 14 regional offices, with recent work including the Queensferry Crossing, the A96 and the recently opened A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road.