A-one+ wins two Highways England ASC deals

Highways England has awarded the two outstanding Asset Support Contracts to A-one+, a joint venture of Costain, Colas and CH2M.

Area 4, Kent

The contracts for Area 12 Yorkshire and Humberside and Area 4 in Kent will start in June 2016, running for five years and with a combined estimated value of between £140M and £165M per year with a potential three year extension on both. This brings the A-one+ tally of ASCs to four.

The ASC wins are a feather in the cap of A-one+ but may be the last of their type to be awarded as Highways England has announced it is switching to its new asset-led delivery model which brings more management back in house for four more regions.

Area 4 is currently run by Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald. A-one+ is the current contractor for Area12. It said it is proud of its achievements and innovations for improving customer experience, driving collaborative working and improving safety for road workers and road users.  Area 4 is currently run by Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald.

“I am delighted that A-one+ has been selected by Highways England to support its delivery plans in Areas 12 and 4 in addition to our contracts in Areas 7 and 14,” said A-one+ managing director Clive Leadbetter.

“Our expertise and ability to create innovative solutions in safety, customer experience and asset management has been and will continue to be of huge importance in future proofing our Strategic Road Network.”

Colas executive director David Craik summed up the views of all three A-one+ members: “We are delighted to confirm our key role as a major service provider to Highways England. We is looking forward to the successful delivery of these Asset Support Contracts and reaffirm our commitment to work with Highways England in evolving and adapting to ensure positive outcomes in developing the future delivery models.”

Costain managing director Darren James predicted useful operational benefits from the joint venture running four areas. "The renewal of Area 12 and the addition of Area 4 to our portfolio enables us to continue performing a key role in maintaining and operating the nation's highway infrastructure in collaboration with Highways England,” he said.

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