The Conservative led Hampshire County Council has embarked on a new chapter for Highways Maintenance and awarded Skanska a £210m contract which will cover highways maintenance of the county’s roads for the next seven years. The County Council confirmed to Construction News that the contractor had been chosen as the preferred bidder for the deal.
The contract, which will be one of the largest highways maintenance agreements in the UK, will see the contractor carry out routine and planned maintenance across Hampshire’s 8,000 km of road. Skanska replaces incumbent Amey, whose seven-year deal with the council comes to an end in August. The contract, which is set to be officially signed by Skanska in the coming weeks, will run up until 2024 but has an option to be extended by a further five years. The original OJEU notice estimated the value of the deal at £30m a year.
Skanska will start the contract on 1 August and be responsible for works including carriageway surfacing, installation of street furniture and winter maintenance operations. The deal could also include contractor design, sea defence and coastal work, as well as highway structures and car park reconstruction.
It is the latest in a string of high-profile highways deals to be won by Skanska in recent months. Last October the firm won a £656m seven-year deal for the upkeep of Devon’s roads, while November saw it win a £394m seven-year highways contract for Somerset.
Hampshire County Council executive member for environment and transport Rob Humby said: “This new contract has been years in the planning. We’ve worked with councillors across all political parties, talked to other authorities, researched the market, and engaged with all potential suppliers to fully understand what they can offer Hampshire."
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