Cabinet agrees new highways maintenance contract
Posted on: 14 September 2016
Devon County Council’s Cabinet has agreed recommendations to award its highways term maintenance contract to Skanska Construction UK Limited.
The contract, which is yet to be formally awarded, will run from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2024, with extension options for a further three years. The Cabinet decision is subject to usual council procedures, and subject to the decision not being “called-in” for further consideration, all of the bidders will be notified of the outcome and the County Council will enter into “standstill” period before Skanska Construction can be formally appointed.
The County Council’s current highways term maintenance contract with South West Highways Ltd, which covers routine, reactive, emergency and planned highway maintenance work, expires at the end of March 2017.
It is anticipated that a large number of current South West Highways employees will be eligible to transfer to Skanska Construction UK Ltd, under legislation to protect workers when work passes to a new contractor.
Skanska Construction’s proposals, as part of its winning bid, include a range of initiatives to tackle potholes, job creation for Devon residents, introduction of an efficiency and performance manager, an affordability review every three years to target investment, and improved communications.
Devon has been working jointly with Plymouth City Council and Somerset County Council in developing the new contract, with companies invited to tender for one, two or all three contracts. Plymouth City Council yesterday (Tuesday 13 September) decided to appoint South West Highways Ltd as its new highway maintenance contractor, subject to the same “call-in” and statutory “standstill’ period, and Somerset is expected to announce its decision at a later date.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is a very significant contract for the County Council and we believe we have secured the best solution, with a focus on price and quality. We want to ensure the new contract provides value for money as well as providing a good service to Devon’s communities and users of our 8,000 mile highway network.”
The County Council’s Cabinet also agreed to continue collaborative work with Somerset County Council and Plymouth City Council, which is likely to provide advantages through sharing experience and expertise to deliver cost savings. Collaboration between highway authorities in the region will also continue through the South West Highways Alliance, a partnership of 15 highway authorities in the south west.
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