The Highways Agency has named VolkerFitzpatrick as one of its key contractors for the Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF), the largest ever framework for the improvement of England’s motorways and major A roads.
26 companies across 4 lots have been appointed to the Collaborative Delivery Framework. VolkerFitzpatrick secured a place in Lot 2 to undertake individual projects up to £25m and may be extended to £50m.
The framework provides a cost effective way for the Agency to procure up to £5 billion of investment in England’s motorways and major A roads over the next five years.
The framework award is the next step in the delivery of £24 billion investment in England’s major roads in this parliament and the next and represents the government’s firm commitment to investing in infrastructure to boost the economy.
Graham Dalton, Highways Agency chief executive said: “This framework is the largest we have ever awarded. It will allow the Agency to deliver large scale improvements to England’s strategic roads, enabling economic growth across the country. It is not just the scale of this framework that is important, but the way it is designed to bring the Agency, designers and contractors together in one large collaborative team. We expect to deliver this major investment programme efficiently, speedily, and with real effort to minimise disruption to road users while we build.”
Chris Evans, managing director of civil engineering at VolkerFitzpatrick said: “We are delighted to have been selected as a key supplier for the Collaborative Delivery Framework. In such an exciting time in the highways industry we are committed to support the Highways Agency’s vision for a successful and safe delivery to improve England’s road network. Our teams look forward to working collaboratively with the Agency and framework partners to build efficient and innovative infrastructure improvements.”
The framework will enable the effective procurement of the design and construction of improvements to the network, including major schemes like the A14 upgrade in Cambridgeshire and the Smart Motorways programme across the country. All future opportunities as part of this contract will be publicised in advance and the first is expected to be in late 2014.