The contract, which runs from 1 July 2017 and is worth over £40m, will see Kier preparing technical designs and undertaking supporting work for capital projects, from initial scheme feasibility phase through to as-build phase. The South West region comprises Areas 1 and 2 to create the largest highways England operating area and covers 11% of the strategic road network to stretch 230 miles from Cheltenham to Penzance.
This award builds on Kier’s expertise in providing design services under the Asset Delivery Model, which it has been delivering in the East Midlands on Area 7 since July 2016. Kier has been operating as Highways England service provider for Area 1 since 2006 and this latest award allows it to further demonstrate the breadth of the Group’s capabilities.
Dave Wright, executive director, Kier Highways, said: “This award is testament to the expertise we’ve provided through our design services work in Area 7 and we are pleased to be continuing to support Highways England in its new approach. Collaboration for both clients and suppliers is at the heart of our business and this new approach allows us to continue our successful relationship with Highways England.”
This award is the next phase in the new Asset Delivery Model for Highways England following procurements in Area 7, 13 and 14.