One half of the Birmingham based consortium bidding for the £2.2 billion Birmingham City Council Highways PFI deal has secured preferred bidder status for a multimillion pound contract for Gloucestershire County Council.
Atkins, the leading UK highways and civil engineering company and one of the partners in the Atkins EDF Energy Consortium based in Birmingham city centre, is now entering into detailed negotiations to agree the final details of the contract, which is due to be formally awarded in December, with work starting in April next year.
The contract is potentially worth more than £30 million a year for up to ten years.
It includes highway maintenance, construction, design, emergency response, winter service, re-surfacing and recycling. Atkins was selected on quality and price following a detailed procurement process involving four bidders.
It already operates two of the three existing integrated local authority contracts in the UK, in Somerset and Northamptonshire.
The Atkins EDF Energy Consortium is one of three bidders in contention for the 25 year PFI contract to maintain all the roads and street lighting in Birmingham, and is supported by Tarmac, R&C Williams, Glendales, Fitzgerald Contractors and JA Bates.
Atkins employs around 900 people in the centre of Birmingham and has been involved in some of the most significant civil engineering projects in the country including the M6 Toll, M25 widening and Heathrow Terminal Five access. Atkins already manages more than 7,000 miles of roads in the UK.
The other partner in the consortium, EDF Energy, is an integrated energy provider.