VolkerHighways wins £70m public realm contract

VolkerHighways has been awarded a £70 million public realm contract with West Berkshire Council.

The seven-year contract, is worth £10 million per year and will start on 1 October 2016.

Volker will provide highways, bridges and lighting maintenance services throughout the district. The work will cover some 1,278km of urban and rural highway network.

Working with the council’s highways and transport department, the VolkerHighways team will inspect and maintain the roads, street lights and pavements. They will also undertake improvement schemes, salt the roads and provide a full emergency response service.

VolkerHighways has delivered a number of successful collaborations with West Berkshire Council in recent years. Since July 2015, the team has been working on a £7.2m project to upgrade over 10,000 of the district’s street lights with energy efficient LED lamps.

Alistair Thompson, managing director of VolkerHighways, said: “We are absolutely delighted by this opportunity to further develop our relationship with West Berkshire Council. We’re particularly pleased to be taking on a project which so directly supports the local communities within the district.”

Councillor Garth Simpson, executive member for highways and transport, added: “VolkerHighways have worked with us successfully since 2006 to look after our road network, footpaths and street lights. It’s important we look after this infrastructure and the contract with VolkerHighways allows us to maintain our roads efficiently and with the best value for our residents.”

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