Leeds-based engineering consultancy Sweco is set to deliver two major road programme upgrades worth £435m, in partnership with lead contractor Galliford Try.
The contracts, which form part of Highways England’s £8.7 billion Regional Delivery Partnerships framework, will see the business act as chief designer for the A47 corridor improvement programme between Norwich and Peterborough and the Sparkford to Ilchester dualling scheme along the A303 corridor in Somerset.
Sweco will provide all design services to the projects through its teams based across the UK, including Leeds, Edinburgh, Solihull and Bristol. The business says the deals will provide a strong platform to drive further growth for its transport offering.
The contracts follow Sweco’s appointment to the £8.7 billion programme last November, which forms part of the Government’s new six-year Routes to Market programme, with contractors selected for eight regional lots across two bands.
John Owens, director of Major Projects at Sweco UK & Ireland, said: “Our appointment to these two key schemes underlines the significant experience and expertise we can deliver to reduce congestion, cut journey times and improve safety for local communities.
“As an integrated team, we will be working with our long-term partner Galliford Try and our wider supply chain to change the highways sector and drive greater efficiencies and improvements in productivity, delivering the key aspirations of the Regional Delivery Partnership.
“The framework will play a vital role in enhancing the UK’s road network and alongside Galliford Try, we look forward to providing the infrastructure enhancements the country needs.”
Nick Culshaw, operations director at Galliford Try Highways, said: “The appointment underlines the strategic importance of highways to our construction business and in Sweco, we have a design partner that will enable us to deliver infrastructure programmes that will bring huge benefit to the UK’s road users.”
Sweco supports our clients on major projects nationwide via its network of 14 regional offices, with recent work including the Queensferry Crossing, the A96 and the A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road.