Amey has been named preferred bidder for an innovative collaborative highways maintenance deal that could be worth £1.6Bn over 20 years.
Staffordshire County Council is using a pathfinding procurement approach to manage and maintain its 6,000 kilometres of highways infrastructure, maintaining a 60% share of a partnership with Amey. A unique feature of the integrated contract is that it provides scope for the council to add on other local services, and other local authorities in the region might also be able to procure services under the contract.
The contract is for £80 million a year for an initial ten years, with an option to extend for ten years. As well as maintaining highways and street lighting Amey will deliver several major ‘flagship’ schemes.
Amey has been working on the country’s highways maintenance since 1998 and has previously carried out several highway construction projects in the county. In April last year it acquired Enterprise, the council’s current maintenance provider.
Amey Chief Executive Mel Ewell said: “This is a unique opportunity to work with a progressive council to develop a relationship that will enhance services for the people of Staffordshire. We will lace a strong focus on supporting and investing in the local community for many years to come, to promote prosperity and skills across the county.”
Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure Mark Winnington said: “We are convinced Amey can deliver top quality services and have hugely impressed with their innovative partnership approach, commitment to apprenticeships and training and willingness to really involve local communities.”
Final contract details are being negotiated ahead of a Council meeting in February that will give final approval to the deal which will run from this year.