Eight firms shortlisted for £2bn Highways Agency Framework


Eight bidders have been shortlisted for the Highways Agency’s £2 billion major projects framework which will cover six schemes on the managed motorways programme.

Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine and Galliford Try have all been shortlisted as well as three more joint ventures.

Joint ventures between Amey and Skanska and also between BAM Nuttall and Morgan Est are in the running whilst Costain has teamed up with consultants Serco to tender for a place on the framework.

Tenders are due for submission in September and following assessment the Highways Agency will appoint a maximum of four to the framework in January 2010.

Although the full list of potential work has not been finalised the framework will cover Hard Shoulder Running schemes on the M4 and M5 around Bristol, the M6 J5-8 around Birmingham, the M1 J32-35a east of Sheffield, the M62 J18-20 in Manchester and J25-30 from Bradford to Leeds, and the M60 J8-12 around Manchester.

There is also scope for the M60 lane gain scheme to be included but there are likely to be more jobs on offer to the eventual winners.

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