A five-year renewals and enhancements framework valued at £320m has been awarded to BAM Nuttall which will see the replacement and refurbishment of structures across the network and improvements to stations.
In addition, two Geotech frameworks worth a combined £147m have been awarded to Story Contracting and QTS as part of the procurement process.
The latest contract awards complete the procurement activity for Scotland and north east, which is anticipated to hold one of the largest work-banks for the coming five-year funding period.
The win for Story Contracting comes on the back of the firm being awarded a contract at the end of last year which covers renewals and enhancements work in Scotland valued at around £135m.
Kris Kinnear, interim regional director for SNE, said: "Work to renew our infrastructure is increasingly important to improve reliability for our passengers, and making sure we have the right suppliers to deliver those improvements is paramount. We look forward to working closely with our supply chain to build on the progress that has already been made and ultimately, build a better railway for our customers.”
Scotland and North East are operating two frameworks in CP6;
FRAMEWORK 1: RENEWALS AND ENHANCEMENTS
It comprises of three lots:
Lot 1: SNE – value £320m BAM Nuttall Limited
Lot 2: SCO - value £135m – awarded to Story Contracting
Lot 3: LNE – value £190m – awarded to AmcoGiffen (Amalgamated Construction Ltd)
FRAMEWORK 2: GEOTECH
It comprises of two lots:
Lot 1: LNE - value £47m Story Contracting
Lot 2: SCO - value £100m QTS
Huw Jones, BAM Nuttall Rail Director, said: “BAM Nuttall is proud to be awarded this framework, which gives us the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Network Rail and our fellow CP6 framework contractors. We look forward to establishing an integrated “One Team” approach with our partners to deliver exceptional business and safety performance, driving sustainable growth across Scotland and LNE, whilst enhancing passenger experience and the communities where we work.”
The awards form part of Network Rail’s CP6 contracts, following the Office of Rail and Road’s final determination, which confirmed £35bn of funding for rail maintenance and renewals.
Network Rail’s delivery arm for renewals and projects, Infrastructure Projects (IP) organises itself into four regional areas – Scotland North East, Central, Southern and Western and Wales, and national programmes for Signalling, Track and the pan regional Northern Programme.
Jason Butterworth, Story Contracting chief executive, added: “This contract will mean we can employ even more professionals across the area and also entice new talent into the industry – including investment in the future with our graduate and apprentice programmes. It will also mean we can invest into local communities through our Corporate Social Responsibility programme which will deliver sustainable projects for local organisations and charities”.