Highways England has awarded two smart motorway contracts worth a total £322m to a Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall joint venture - bmJV.
Paul Gott, managing director of highways at Morgan Sindall, said: 'These contracts mark the start of two more prestigious projects for bmJV. The established relationship between our two companies enables us to provide the best possible service to enhance the capacity and reliability of the UK’s strategic road network in order to improve journeys for road users.'
A two stage design and build contract worth £104m, will see bmJV upgrade 10 miles of the M62 between Warrington (J10) and Manchester (J12).
Supported by design partners WSP and AECOM, the joint venture commenced the design phase in December 2017, with works due to start on site from spring 2018.
The second contract, worth £218m, covers works on the M27 between junctions 4 and 11 to create permanent dual 4-lane all lane running along the 15-mile stretch.
The design phase is scheduled to commence in January 2018 with bmJV supported by design partners SWECO/Mott Macdonald and WSP. Construction will begin in spring 2018.
Both contracts have been awarded under Highway’s England’s Collaborative Delivery Framework, thought to be the largest ever for the improvement of England’s motorways and A roads.