Atkins has been appointed by Highways England to deliver detailed design and associated consulting services for the asset improvement schemes planned for the east of England. The work, which is due to commence in January 2020, is worth an initial £49m.
Under Highways England’s new asset delivery contract, Atkins will provide technical support during the scheme’s identification phase to determine where improvements to the road network are required. This information will then be used to inform the detailed design of the region’s improvement works, with Atkins seeing the design through from its initial outline to supervising the construction works on site.
Collaboration will play a central role in the design’s development, with Atkins working closely with the contractors across the east of England delivery community to ensure that the construction, maintenance and operation of the future road network is designed with safety in mind.
Throughout the improvement works design development, Atkins will also look to adopt digital tools where possible, drawing on the likes of automation and lean tools to drive efficiency and reduce costs.
Ian Spellacey, client director at Atkins, said: “With safety, ease of maintenance and the end users in mind, our designs for the east of England’s road network will enable a safer and more reliable movement of people and goods across the region, supporting its economic growth. We have a long history of working alongside Highways England in the region and look forward to showcasing the benefits of digital tools and innovative ways of working to the highways industry”.
Martin Fellows, Highways England regional operations director for the east of England, said: “This new innovative way of working is another sign of our commitment to continually drive improvements in how our busiest roads in the east of England are operated, maintained and improved. I’m delighted to welcome Atkins on board and look forward to establishing a successful, long-term relationship with them.”