2 year Somerset highways deal for Skanska

Skanska’s dominance on west country highways has been reasserted with the award of a £16m contract to maintain and improve North Somerset Council’ roads for the next two years.

Starting from 1st April 2016, Skanska will work in partnership with the council to look after 679 miles of roads across the district.

Skanska already provides highways services for neighbouring Bath & North East Somerset Council and for Somerset County Council. And in joint venture with Atkins it is Highways England’s asset support contractor for Area 2, covering Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset.

Skanska operations director Simon White said: “We already have a strong presence in the region and we will be using our experience in the southwest to deliver the best possible service.”

Council deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees, who is also executive member for highways and transport, said: “A year ago we took the decision to invest £40m in our roads over the next five years to halt the deterioration in the state of the roads and start to improve them – and this contract will help us deliver that.

“Skanska has a strong history of building, maintaining and operating highways across the UK. By working together we can use their expertise to make real improvements in the overall condition of our roads and help us to deliver a network that meets road users’ needs now and in the future.”

Source: http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/another-somerset-highways-deal-for-skanska

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Congratulations Carrington West!

Carrington West is delighted to announce being awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the category of ‘Small Business of the Year’ at The News’ Business Excellence Awards!

It was a night of celebration as hundreds of people packed into the Guildhall to recognise the best in business as The News’ Business Excellence Awards returned to the prestigious Portsmouth venue for their 15th on Friday.
And it was one of the biggest years yet as 16 honours were handed out to everyone – from apprentices to large companies – doing the business in this part of the world.

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Editor Mark Waldron opened the night and he spoke of his pride.

He said: ‘Each year these awards make me realise what great companies we have operating across the area.

‘These companies – from the smallest start-up to the largest organisation – show the strength of the business community in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.’

This year saw hundreds of entries submitted.

Birmingham plans £254m worth of major road improvements

Aston Expressway and Dudley Road are among those to undergo repair work as part of five-year budget plan

Major road improvements to the Aston Expressway, Dudley Road and in Stechford are contained in a £254 million funding package for highways and road repairs set to be approved by council bosses.

The funding, to be spent over the next five years, will also pay for smaller road works, cycling initiatives, safety measures and safer routes for schools.

The majority of the cash comes from the Department for Transport, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the city council’s own highways budget.

But there is also £4 million raised from city centre bus lane enforcement fines collected since 2013 – with £1 million of it already allocated for improvement works to Iron Lane in Stechford, one of the city’s worst congestion pinch points.

The council controversially kept the £1.8 million it raised from bus lane fines between summer 2013 and February 2014 when a tribunal ruled that it had installed inadequate warning signs at three locations which caught drivers unaware.

Further funds are likely to be used to pay for the expansion of bus lane enforcement cameras to more commuter routes throughout the city.

The council’s transportation and highways capital funding strategy outlines the investment and is set to be approved by the cabinet next week.

Major works include the ongoing repairs to the Tame Valley Viaduct, which carries the Aston Expressway, and work on Dudley Road around the new Icknield Port Loop development.

Labour cabinet member for transport Tahir Ali said: “This document sets out how major highways projects will be funded between now and 2021, bringing significant benefits to the city’s residents and businesses, ranging from economic growth and support for development and housing, through to reduced congestion, safer roads and improved air quality.

“A key part of my job is looking at the way people move around our city and working to ensure they can do this as smoothly and as effectively as possible.

“As part of this, we introduced city centre bus lanes which provide benefits such as improved journey times for thousands of commuters but we are also investing funds generated from bus lane enforcement penalties back into improving the local transport network, as we are required to do.”

Source: http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/regional-affairs/birmingham-plans-254m-worth-major-10863743

Essex County Council to invest £300m in roads over next three years

More than £300 million will be invested to improve the “scourge” of Essex roads over the next three years.

The funding was confirmed as part of Essex County Council’s annual budget, confirmed yesterday (February 9) after a full council meeting.

Road surfaces, lighting and pavements will be the next “area of focus” for improvements, the council said.

Infrastructure councillor Rodney Bass claimed people countywide are already seeing improvements on the roads.

He added: “We know how important this is to people and to businesses and we intend to continue that trend, with our attention now shifting to tackling defects on urban and rural roads and estates, investing in better lighting and better footpaths.”

In 2016/17, £137 million will be invested.

The council could invest in new efficient LED lighting as the overall budget for highways rises 30 per cent.

The money is needed because roads are so important to so many people, said highways councillor Eddie Johnson.

He said: “We have listened when local people have told us that cracks and holes in the roads and pavements matter.

“We have listened when business has told us that getting from A to B easily and quickly helps them to prosper.

“We have listened to the partners who have said that alongside the new homes and jobs we desperately need good infrastructure.”

Finance councillor John Spence said: “The tough financial management we have exercised has enabled us to deliver a budget which we know will help to drive growth and the quality of life in our county, through capital investment in highways and infrastructure.

Source: http://www.eppingforestguardian.co.uk/news/14266869._Scourge__of_Essex_roads_set_for_more_than___300m_investment/

United Utilities tenders £35m Ellesmere Port WwTW main works contract

United Utilities has gone out to tender with a main works contract at its Ellesmere Port  wastewater treatment works worth an estimated £35 million.

The contract covers the design, procurement, construction, commissioning and operation/optimisation of new and refurbished assets of the waste-water treatment facilities at the Ellesmere Port works.

Estimated value of the contract for the wastewater treatment plant construction work is between £25 million to £35 million.

In the event of an award to a consortium, alliance or joint venture all members will be required to contract in any 1 of the following forms:

1) Contractual joint venture with joint and several liability under English Law;

2) Corporate joint venture;

3) Contractor/subcontractor relationship.

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