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Four bidders shortlisted to deliver Edinburgh tram extension

How the tram would look travelling along Constitution Street

The City of Edinburgh Council has announced the four bidders shortlisted for the Infrastructure and Systems work on the proposed tram line extension to Newhaven as the completion of the Final Business Case for the project edges closer.

Contractors were invited to participate in the pre-qualification process for the contract, which closed late last year following an extensive period of market consultation.

The contracting strategy was well received, with significant interest received from local, national and international bidders applying to pre-qualify on to the shortlist.

Following a robust evaluation process of the seven pre-qualification applications received, four bidders have pre-qualified to be invited to tender in mid-April 2018 for the Infrastructure and Systems contract.

This includes the design and construction of all track, overhead line, tram stops, systems infrastructure, road infrastructure and public realm between York Place and Newhaven.

A visualisation of the tram at Elm Row

The shortlisted bidders are:

  • BAM Colas Rail JV
  • Dragados
  • Farrans Sacyr Neopul JV
  • Sisk Steconfer JV

Following the tender period, which is likely to last until late summer 2018, the City of Edinburgh Council will update the Final Business Case and seek a council decision in late 2018 as to whether the project should proceed to the construction stage.

If the project is given the go-ahead, it is expected that the contract will be signed in late 2018, with the line between York Place and Newhaven due to become operational in 2022.

Transport convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “When the Outline Business Case (OBC) was approved by the council in September 2017 we pledged to test the OBC with a robust procurement process before reporting back with the Final Business Case. Our project team – the same team who successfully delivered the tram to York Place following mediation – has worked very closely with the market over the past 18 months, developing a contract strategy that meets market expectations and the requirements of the council.

“We were very pleased with the significant level of interest from local, national and international bidders and this process has resulted in a strong shortlist of experienced design and build contractors as we move on to the tender stage.”

Haudagain shortlist down to final two

Transport Scotland has announced that two bidders will be competing to deliver the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement project in Aberdeen.

The two shortlisted bidders are Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd and Farrans Construction.

This next stage of procurement will see the two bidders enter into a period of competitive dialogue.

The contract for delivering these key improvements is estimated to be worth £18 million approximately and involves the construction of around 500m of new dual carriageway connecting the A90 North Anderson Drive and the A96 Auchmill Road.

Upon completion, the improvements will reduce congestion, improve journey time reliability and bring about road safety improvements. The project will also enable new pedestrian and cycling routes through the local area.

Minister for transport and islands, Humza Yousaf, said: “Today’s announcement is a further sign of this Scottish Government’s commitment to improving the roads in the north east of Scotland

“Not only have we reached this key milestone in the procurement today, but we are also progressing opportunities to undertake some work in adavance of the main construction. This would enable the main construction contractor to hit the ground running later in the year.

“We remain committed to tackling the bottleneck at Haudagain. Alongside benefits from the AWPR, the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement Project will boost the local economy and bring much needed journey time benefits for road users and communities in the north east.”

Completion of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty will take traffic away from the streets of Aberdeen and improve air-quality to some 75,000 houses.

That, coupled with the removal of the bottleneck roundabout at Haudagain, will deliver improved journey times for strategic and local traffic bringing much needed relief to road users and communities in the north-east.

Shortlist of bidders to deliver A77 Maybole bypass revealed

An overview of the Maybole Bypass

Prospective bidders to build the £30 million Maybole bypass project have been shortlisted and invited to participate in the next stage of the procurement competition.

The successful bidders for the A77 project are: Farrans Roadbridge, John Paul Construction, R J McLeod and Wills Bros.

This next stage of procurement will see the four bidders enter into a commercially sensitive period of competitive dialogue which will last until autumn 2018.

The successful bidder will be required to build a new 5km off-line bypass and associated junctions. The bypass will separate local road users from those travelling longer distances, including to the ports and will lead to improved road safety for local communities and road users, as well as providing better journey time reliability.

Humza Yousaf, minister for transport and islands, said: “This announcement marks another significant milestone towards delivering a bypass for the town of Maybole and comes hot on the heels of ground investigation work which got underway earlier this month.

“The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering the Maybole Bypass and recent progress will enable work to press ahead in the New Year to bring much needed relief for the Maybole community as well as improving journey times for long distance road users.”

Following the award of the construction contract, work is expected to get underway on the main construction by the end of 2018.

A9 dualling shortlist revealed as first section prepares to open

A9 Kincraig DalraddyThe first section of dual-carriageway to be built as part of the A9 dualling programme will be open to traffic in the coming days as companies bidding to construct the next sections are revealed.

Cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, Keith Brown, announced the news during a visit to inspect finishing work on the two year construction programme for the new £35m road between Kincraig and Dalraddy.

The minister highlighted that the new 7.5km section of dual-carriageway will deliver a range of benefits to the public and the Scottish economy.

A9 Kincraig Dalraddy 3Mr Brown said: “When this section is open to traffic, drivers will enjoy safer opportunities to overtake, a reduction in frustration, reduced congestion, improved journey times and a better experience travelling between the central belt and Inverness.

“Building this section first should be particularly warmly welcomed by drivers as it introduces dual-carriageway to what has been one of the longest stretches of single carriageway on the A9.

“It will also make an important contribution towards our goal of inclusive sustainable economic development by opening up our country for trade and tourism.

“This is a significant milestone towards achieving the Scottish Government’s ambitions to introduce more than 80 miles of new dual-carriageway on the A9 all the way from Perth to Inverness by 2025.”

A9 Kincraig Dalraddy 2As work on the Kincraig to Dalraddy section draws to a close, Farrans Construction and Roadbridge JV; Wills Bros. Civil Engineering and Lagan Construction Group JV; Dragados, S.A. and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering have been shortlisted to construct the next 9.5km section between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam.

Mr Brown added: “Work on the A9 Dualling Programme is continuing at pace, with preferred routes having been identified for more than 90 per cent of the programme, and we expect to award the contract for the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam section in the first half of 2018.

“The A9 dualling programme is already delivering for our economy by supporting nearly 1,200 engineering-related jobs with many more in the pipeline.”

The construction related traffic restrictions on the Kincraig to Dalraddy section will be removed once a range of finishing works, which are currently under way, have been finalised and the necessary safety audits are completed.

The £35m contract to design and construct the Kincraig to Dalraddy section is being delivered by Wills Bros Civil Engineering and John Paul Construction as part of a joint venture.

A737 Dalry bypass contract to be awarded

Transport Scotland is to award a contract to construct the A737 Dalry Bypass to Farrans Roadbridge Joint Venture, subject to a mandatory standstill period.

Estimated to be worth between £34 million and £38m, the contract involves the construction of a four kilometre bypass, which will consist of two roundabouts, at Hillend and Highfield, and a viaduct to enable road users to travel over the River Garnock and the Glasgow to Ayr railway line.

Works are also required to connect the new Bypass to the existing A737 Trunk Road east of Highfield.

A737 Dalry BypassMuch of the construction works will take place away from the existing road and traffic management measures will be kept to the minimum necessary in order to safely complete these critical works.

The JV secured the deal ahead of shortlisted bidders including Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited, Interserve Construction Limited and John Paul Construction Limited / Somaque Engenharia.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “Over the past few months, preparatory works have been undertaken on the site including archaeological investigations, fencing and vegetation clearance.

“The award of this contract, subject to the mandatory standstill period, enables the main works contractor to finalise its designs and establish a base on site before it can begin the main construction works in the coming weeks.”

Four on shortlist for A737 Dalry Bypass contract

Transport Scotland has announced the names of the four bidders competing to build the new A737 Dalry Bypass.

The shortlisted bidders for the 4 kilometre long project are: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited, Farrans Construction and Roadbridge, Interserve Construction Limited and John Paul Construction Limited / Somaque Engenharia.

A737 Dalry BypassThe contract for the Dalry Bypass project is estimated to be worth between £34 million and £38m and involves the construction of the new bypass and associated junctions to connect to the existing A737 Trunk Road.

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, said: “This announcement marks another significant milestone for the Dalry Bypass. It ensures we remain on schedule to appoint a contractor early next year and for works to start on this critical infrastructure project by the end of March 2017.

“The new road will be a key driver in improving economic and employment opportunities in the area by providing better journey time reliability and enhancing connectivity. It will also improve safety by taking traffic away from unsuitable roads.”

GDL goes back to school in Aberdeen

Portlethan schoolScottish-based ground improvement specialist Ground Developments Ltd has began work on a new primary school project in Portlethen, Aberdeen.

The firm has started the ground improvements on a project to deliver the new Hillside Primary School for Farrans who are the main contractor.

The project is a northern Hub project and is one of a number of schools that GDL has worked on in the north-east of Scotland for a variety of main contractors.

GDL is using its expertise to deliver a very high specification soil stabilisation and bulk earthworks programme within a tight programme of just six weeks due to the complex nature of this project.

Andy Warneford, projects director for GDL, said: “We are fully operational on the new primary school project in Portlethan. The topsoil strip is already underway, and we will cut and fill the site to design levels in order to meet the complex specification of this project that sees the school on a split-level with a two metre difference between the levels.”

Work starts on Aberdeenshire leisure facilities

Myrus Sports centreFMP Construction has started work to develop new leisure facilities in Aberdeenshire. 

The local authority is investing £12.7 million across leisure, sports and community facilities in Banff and Macduff.

Working with Farrans, FMP will create a new pavilion and football pitches in Macduff at the Myrus Pavilion.

The football pitches will be retained in the short term during the construction period. The existing pitch will be shortened and fencing installed as a temporary measure.

Demolition of the existing pavilion and formation of the all-weather pitch will begin next summer.
The project is expected to be completed in September 2016.

banff academyThe works in Banff will provide indoor and outdoor sports and community facilities at Banff Academy. The new centre will include community and office areas and viewing galleries for the sports hall and squash courts, as well as an outdoor terrace, car parking and landscaping.

New football pitches will be created, along with running and cycling tracks, upgraded tennis courts, a refurbishment of the PE department and swimming pool.

The existing pavilion at Canal Park, Banff will also be refurbished.

Raymond Millar, director at Farrans, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded our second opportunity with Aberdeenshire Council, through its capital plan of works contractor’s procurement framework.  We have significant experience in the leisure, and education sectors, and understand the importance of these facilities to the local communities.

“Our teams are looking forward to working with the Banff and Macduff communities to deliver these projects, using a proven, innovative and best practice approach to the construction phase.”