Vinci and Jacobs scoop M20 Junction 10a contract

M20 Junction 10a

Highways England has awarded a £39.1m design and build contract, for a new junction on the M20 motorway in Kent, to VINCI Construction JV with Jacobs as designer  The VINCI Construction JV – between Vinci Construction UK (trading as Taylor Woodrow) and Vinci Construction Grands Projects – has won the contract as a supplier to Lot 3a of Highways England's Collaborative Delivery Framework for schemes worth £25m to £100m. Jacobs holds a place on Lot 1 for professional design and engineering services.

The new Junction 10a has been planned to relieve congestion on the nearby Junction 10 and to allow the improved highway access required for commercial and residential development in the Ashford area. The new junction and a new A2070 connecting road included in the project will link directly to the proposed Stour Park and other planned development sites.

The Junction 10a project is currently progressing through the Development Consent Order examination process. The first hearing was held at the beginning of December. A nine-week public consultation exercise was carried out between mid January and March this year, attracting 900 responses and visitors to five public exhibitions, according to the HE.

Highways sector director for VINCI Construction JV, Peter Whitman, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed Principal Contractor for the M20 Junction 10a Improvement Works. We look forward to working alongside Highways England in delivering this important scheme to reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability, while supporting growth in the Ashford area.

“This is an important contract for us as it will be the first Highways England contract delivered solely by VINCI Construction JV, and demonstrates our continued growth in the strategic roads sector.”