June 3 2015
Costain, Skanska, Atkins and CH2M Hill have secured significant packages of work on the £1.5Bn A14 upgrade in Cambridgeshire, it was announced this morning.
Two construction packages worth a total of £598M will be carried out by a Costain Skanska joint venture. The first of these covers widening the A1 from Alconbury towards the East Coast Mainline and the second involves building the new Huntingdon Southern Bypass towards Swavesey. Pre-construction work by the joint venture is worth £1M.
Meanwhile a joint venture of Atkins and CH2M Hill has been awarded the detailed design contract, valued at £35.3M. The initial development phase is worth £19.6M and the joint venture will, when the scheme is given the go ahead, provide design support and site assurance services worth £15.7M.
Contracts have been awarded under Highways England’s Collaborative Delivery Framework.
Two construction packages are still to be awarded. The first involves widening the existing A14 from Swavesey towards Milton, north of Cambridge, and an announcement about this package will be made later this summer. The second remaining package is for the demolition of a viaduct over the East Coast Mainline at Huntingdon, which will be tendered in 2019.
Main construction work on the A14 upgrade is due to start late next year, subject to the outcome of a development consent order examination by the Planning Inspectorate and a decision on that application from the Transport Secretary. The new bypass and widened A14 are set to open to traffic in 2020.
Highways England director for complex infrastructure Chris Taylor said: “The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme is the first major award under the Collaborative Delivery Framework and is to enable delivery of an up to £1.5Bn investment of national importance.
“While we appreciate our planning application is yet to be fully examined by the Planning Inspectorate and we are yet to receive permission to start construction, these appointments will give us the support we need to prepare for works getting underway on time and to budget.”
Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie said: “The A14 is a strategically vital transport corridor and we are delighted to have secured the development stage of this major improvement project.”
Skanska operations director Glennan Blackmore added: “We are extremely proud to be part of the team that will deliver significant infrastructure improvement to the strategic roads network, the region and the UK economy.”
Atkins' Transportation division’s group managing director Philip Hoare said “Along with our partner CH2M, we are delighted to have been awarded the design contract for the scheme and look forward to providing our expertise and innovation to support Highways England in the successful delivery of this important project.”
CH2M’s director of highways and bridges Peter McDermott added: “The project will bring about massive improvements to the road network in Cambridgeshire and provide a major boost to the economy in East Anglia.”
(Photo: Highways England)
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