North East councils launch £96m highways framework


Councils in the North East of England have entered a four-year framework agreement with thirteen contractors for highways planned maintenance, which could be worth up to £96m.

The framework covers sixteen specialist lots ranging from standard carriageway resurfacing to road markings for the councils’ principal, non–principal and unclassified road networks.

The new framework includes road surfacing and road markings

The collaborative agreement was led by Darlington BC on behalf of the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) in partnership with the North East Highways Alliance.

It will have an estimated annual spend value of £24m across the region.

A pipeline of works has been forecast from the councils’ programmes with both direct awards and further competitions emerging in various package sizes. 

NEPO said the framework signals a new more collaborative approach to highways construction and will drive benefits and efficiencies throughout its life.

Jeff Alexander, chair of Construction Alliance Northeast, an organisation that was recently formed to lobby for 'fairer procurement methods' on behalf of smaller companies, welcomed the new approach.

He said: 'It is encouraging to hear about the more collaborative approach to highways procurement which has been adopted in the case of this framework.

'By using local firms with local knowledge, it is possible to provide a greater range of value added benefits. This is not only good news for the client, but for the regional economy as a whole.'

The successful contractors are;

  • Bardon (aggregate industries)
  • Colas
  • Hanson
  • Henry Williams
  • Jointline
  • JPCS
  • Kiely Bros.
  • Miles Macadam
  • Northumbrian Roads
  • Rainton Construction
  • Road Techs
  • Tarmac
  • Textone Blast

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