The chief executive of infrastructure services firm Amey has said the company is committed to winning a £ 2 billion contract to maintain the city's road network.
Mel Ewell said that securing the 25- year Birmingham City Council contract - which will involve managing and maintaining the city's roads - was a key focus for the firm.
"We're really keen to pursue this type of activity," Mr Ewell said.
" We already manage and maintain 25 per cent of UK trunk roads and we are in the top three local authority services providers."
Amey already undertakes the maintenance of the " Birmingham box" of roads that encircle the city - officially known as Area 9 - and has been part of a £ 85 million PFI project for Walsall Council replacing more than 18,000 street lights.
The firm also maintains the CCTV and blue display screens at Birmingham New Street station.
Mr Ewell's remarks before Amey's senior management conference held in the ICC followed the company's return to the black in March with 2004 pretax profits of £39.9 million compared to a £59.1 million loss in 2003.
Mr Ewell said: "Our 2004 figures are good and we feel that we have now consolidated our position in the market. The Midlands is at the heart of our business and I see no reason why this should not continue.
" The Birmingham Highways project is a bold move by the City Council and we see winning this bid as a key strategic target for Amey."
Chris Webster, director of the company ' s infrastructure services - created last year when Amey's rail, fleet services and highways division were combined - believes that the firm has a number of advantages over its competitors.
"We are the only bidder to compete alone as a company - the other three are joint ventures.
" We have also been building the highways maintenance division over the past eight years and growth has been steady and continues to be impressive," he said.
There are two rounds of the bid, the first which will take place this summer narrowing the shortlist to two bidders. The contract will be awarded in 2006.
Mr Ewell said the company had no specific troublespots on Birmingham's roads they aimed to target.
"Congestion is a major issue for all cities and Birmingham is no different, " said Mr Webster. "What we would like to do with the Birmingham project is to make the most of what already exists.
"It would be wrong to isolate individual locations or issues. One perspective travelling the A38 might be that there is a lot of congestion, however, a local primary school that has no lighting or paving outside in winter would perhaps rate as a greater priority."