Skanska scoops new 10-year Cambridgeshire contract

Skanska has secured a new highways maintenance contract with Cambridgeshire County Council that could be worth nearly half a billion pounds over 15 years.

The new contract, which the firm said is worth £32m a year, runs to 2027 with the option to extend for a further five years, which means it could total £480m.

The firm’s original contract to maintain 1,700 miles of carriageway, 1,400 miles of footways and cycleways and 1,276 structures started in 2006.

Cambridgeshire CC’s interim director of infrastructure management and operations, Christine May, said: ‘Skanska previously held the contract and together we have worked to save the council millions of pounds while delivering vital services such as pothole repair, resurfacing and gritting.

‘We are delighted to award Skanska this new contract and be able to work together to deliver more innovations and best practices that save time and money, as well as sustainable solutions that protect the environment for future generations.’

Simon White, operations director at Skanska, said: ‘Over the term of this contract the team has worked hard to deliver a strong performance and bring innovations to Cambridgeshire that have saved £14m, like our award-winning dragon patcher.

‘Our purpose is “we build for a better society” and an example of how the team has embedded this into the contract is working with the local communities to help improve the areas that surround where they work.’

Skanska will provide a range of highways maintenance services, including surfacing and surface treatment works and patching; drainage and gully maintenance; sign maintenance; grass and vegetation cutting; emergency response and winter service; street lighting; gully cleansing and drainage jetting; safety inspection repairs; kerbing and paving works; footway construction and resurfacing and patch repairs to carriageway and footways.

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