Midlands firms appointed to £1.3bn Highways framework

Four Midlands firms have been appointed by National Highways to deliver £1.3bn worth of contracts to maintain road surfaces on motorways and major A-roads in England.

Aggregate Industries UK (Leicester), Breedon Colas (Derby), Tarmac Trading (Birmingham) and Tripod Crest (Northampton) have all won a place on the body’s new framework, which will focus on carbon reduction.

Twelve firms across the UK have been appointed to the framework, all of whom have committed to carbon reduction activities throughout the duration of the contract.

Those named are:

  • Aggregate Industries UK
  • Associated Asphalt Contracting
  • Breedon Colas
  • DSD Construction
  • Eurovia Infrastructure
  • FM Conway
  • Galliford Try Construction
  • Hailsham Roadways Construction Co
  • Hanson Contracting
  • Multipave NW
  • Tarmac Trading
  • Tripod Crest

Four of the suppliers are classified as SMEs. These firms will account for £100m of the total anticipated spend.

National Highways has also designated a warm mix asphalt – which is quicker to lay –  as the contract’s default material of choice. This will help to save 15% more carbon per tonne compared to previously used materials.

Duncan Smith, executive director of operations at National Highways, said: “Having greatly reduced turnover requirements to encourage applications from SMEs, we are delighted that a number of these lots have been awarded to comparatively smaller organisations.

“We’re also happy to be working with some organisations that we haven’t worked with previously, and we look forward to building these new relationships.

“These contracts will also support our Net Zero Carbon Plan, which underpins all of our work now and in future years.”