Date published: July 6, 2017
Highways England has awarded Hankinson Group member, Whittle, a place on the South West framework to carry out upgrade and maintenance work on strategic roads in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Avon and Gloucester.
The new-style construction works framework is split over 13 lots, covers 10 different specialisms and will run for four years. Hankinson has been awarded the corrosion protection specialism with an indicative spend of £1m over 4 years.
The work, which covers the renewal of roads and bridges and improvement schemes on the road network, will begin during 2017.
It forms part of Highways England’s new-style asset delivery contract system, which will see the organisation directly manage routine maintenance, renewal and improvement schemes. This will sit alongside a similar framework already secured by Whittle for Areas 13 and 14 worth £4m over 4 years.
Firms on the construction works framework will operate alongside those chosen to deliver design services, and those selected for maintenance and response.
Highways England executive director for commercial and procurement David Poole said:
“This contract not only builds on the new way of working already taking place in the East Midlands and North of England, but also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to increasing Highways England’s capability and control over the whole road network.
Collaboration with our supply chain is key to our new way of working and we are looking forward to establishing a successful, long-term relationship with the appointed contractors.”
Stephen Hankinson, Group Chief Executive said: “This is another fantastic piece of news and a reward for a tremendous amount of hard work by the team, not just on the bid but also in demonstrating our competency by previously providing a first class service for a number of years.
The framework offers further opportunity to demonstrate our ability to work on the new style asset delivery contract and establish ourselves as a key supplier to Highways England.”