Midlands firms secure £1.3bn Highways contract

Four Midlands firms have been named by National Highways which are set 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 been revealed as part of the new framework which has an increased focus on carbon reduction.

Twelve firms across the UK have been chosen which have all 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 chosen are classified as SMEs. These firms will account for £100m of the total anticipated spend.

National Highways also has designated a warm mix asphalt as the contract’s default material of choice which is quicker to lay. This will help to save 15% worth of carbon per tonne in comparison to the previous pavement material.

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.”