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Cabinet approves award of highways contract

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley’s Cabinet has approved the awarding of a contract to maintain and improve the Borough’s highway network, as well as the awarding of a separate contract to undertake highway design.

The highway network is one of the Council’s most valuable assets at an estimated £1 billion and is vital to the economic, social and environmental well-being of the borough and the wider City Region, therefore it is critical that good contractors are appointed to maintain and improve the infrastructure.

Since 1 February 2016, the Council has operated a contract with Tarmac Trading Limited in respect of highway maintenance activities and improvement works. The current contract is due to expire on 31 January 2025.

An extensive competitive procurement process was undertaken from Autumn 2022 to Spring 2024 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The process sought to find a contractor to carry out the construction of highway maintenance activities and improvement works, as well as a professional services contractor to undertake the associated designs, project management and site supervision of any highway maintenance and improvement schemes.

Cabinet has now approved the awarding of the new contract for maintaining and improving the highways to Tarmac Trading Limited following a successful procurement exercise, with tenders reviewed against criteria relating to quality, social value and price.

In addition Cabinet has also approved the awarding of a new contract to Aecom to undertake highway design.  The combined value of the contracts is anticipated to be approximately £10m per annum.

The contracts will run from 1 February 2025 until 31 January 2032, with an option to extend the contracts for a further three years up to 31 January 2035.

Dale Milburn, Knowsley Council’s Executive Director for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The Council has undertaken a robust procurement process to ensure that value for money, whilst providing high quality services, is provided. This has resulted in some cost savings to the contract value, and these savings will be ploughed into further highways improvements.”

You can find out more about the contract here.