Highways England is preparing to hold a suppliers day ahead of inviting bids in March for its Area 10 highways/motorways upkeep and small construction work contracts worth up to £550m.

Balfour Beatty’s joint venture with Mott MacDonald has held the region covering Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester since 2012.

At the end of last year the team secured a £115m Asset Support Contract extension to March 2019 when Highways England will start its new-style contracts.

This will see Highways England take a lead role managing both routine maintenance and the delivery of capital renewal and improvement schemes, while appointing a principal maintenance and response contractor. The bid race for this key package worth £326m is expected to start around Valentine’s Day.

Several specialist subcontractor improvement packages, let under a construction works framework worth up to £220m, will also be up grabs in a separate tender race due to start in early March.

The supplier industry event will be held on 5 February at the DW Stadium in Wigan. To register your interest and to confirm attendance, please send an email to this address.

Source: Construction Enquirer