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Four shortlisted for A9 Berriedale Braes improvements

Four bidders have been shortlisted for the £9 million improvement project on the A9 at Berriedale Braes and have been invited to participate in the next stage of the procurement competition.

The successful bidders for this key project are: RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd, Morrison Construction, Roadbridge UK and Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd.

This next stage of procurement will see the four bidders enter into a commercially sensitive period of competitive dialogue which is anticipated to last until Summer.

The successful bidder will deliver improvements to the road alignment and the existing tight hairpin bend. When completed, the scheme will improve road safety and journey times by removing the need for vehicles to slow down or stop to negotiate the bend.

Minister for transport & islands, Humza Yousaf, said: “The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering this much needed improvement and today’s announcement takes us another step closer towards delivering these benefits for road users in the North of Scotland.”

Work is expected to get underway later this year.

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.

Quartet shortlisted for A737 road improvement project

A737Four firms have been invited to participate in the next stage of the competition for the A737 Den Realignment project.

The shortlisted bidders for the key improvement project are I & H Brown Ltd, Interserve Construction Ltd, R J McLeod (Contractors) Ltd and Roadbridge Civil Engineering & Building Contractors.

The successful bidder will be required to construct a one kilometre section of new carriageway, to replace the existing A737 between Beith and Dalry, including new junctions.

The works will remove a double bend on the existing stretch of road and deliver safety benefits.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “Work is already underway to construct a bypass around Dalry and today’s announcement marks further progress in improving the A737 for communities in North Ayrshire as well as those road users travelling further distances.”

The contract is estimated to be worth approximately £5m with the contract award expected in Spring 2018.

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RJ McLeod engineers 45% boost in profits

RJ McLeodProfits at civil engineering group RJ McLeod have increased by almost half thanks to ongoing investment in plant and transport.

The civil engineering and building contractors saw pre-tax profits increase by 45% to £18 million from a 42% boost in revenue to £166m.

Writing in accounts newly filed at Companies House, the directors said that trading had benefited from the ongoing investment in plant and transport, with £4.8m being invested in the year to October 30. Looking forward, the board said its strategy was to maintain an up to date fleet.

The accounts show the company ended the year with shareholder funds of £46.7m, up from £37m.

Writing in the accounts, the directors said: “The group’s workload is in healthy shape and with the firm foundation of excellent staff and good quality plant and transport linked to planned management and strict financial discipline, the directors are confident for a positive turn out in this year’s trading.”

In an average month the company had 459 staff, up from 425.

Director emoluments totalled £4.6m, with the highest paid director receiving £1.2m.

£5m A82 bypass opens

A82 bypass

The first opportunity for users of the A82 to use the new £5 million Crianlarich Bypass was marked last month.

The new bypass, which includes the construction of a new 1.3 km stretch of the A82, will allow through traffic to avoid a bottleneck where the A82 and A85 meet and will enable road users to avoid the low bridges in Crianlarich.

Planners said local communities, businesses and tourists alike will benefit from reduced congestion on local roads, whilst the wider economy will also benefit by enhancing transport connections right across Scotland.

Transport minister Derek Mackay said the development will be welcomed by users of the A82, but also the people of Crianlarich who are well used to substantial levels of traffic flowing through the town, especially during tourist season.

He added: “The new two lane bypass will improve access for local people, local businesses and tourists by taking much of the through traffic away from Crianlarich. However, the bypass will not only bring much needed relief to the community, it will also improve journey time reliability and transport connections for road users from across Scotland.

“We are also making further significant improvements to the A82, one of Scotland’s key roads, with the £10m Pulpit Rock project on Loch Lomondside already well-advanced with the new structure now clearly visible to road users. This project will remove traffic lights for the first time in over thirty years.

“Plans are also well underway to upgrade the 17 km stretch of the A82 between Tarbet and Inverarnan and we have recently delivered a new £2m bridge at Bridge of Orchy. This is in addition to our investment of over £57m since 2007 to maintain the A82, which underlines our commitment to ensure the A82 is fit for purpose.”

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, added: “Anything that helps improve the visitor experience in Scotland is to be welcomed. The opening of the A82 bypass at Crianlarich is excellent news for Highland holidaymakers, as it will help cut the journey time to Glencoe, Fort William and the West Highlands.”

RJ McLeod will remain in Crianlarich over the coming weeks to complete minor works.

RJ McLeod wins £31m Selkirk flood protection contract

RJ McLeodRJ McLeod has been announced as the successful bidder for main construction works on Selkirk’s £31.4 million flood protection scheme.

Six companies were invited to tender in June after 16 registered an interest in delivering the project.

Scottish Borders Council confirmed the Glasgow-based contractor had been selected.

The contract will be formally awarded before Christmas with work due to start in January next year.

The main construction works is due to start in January and finish by the end of December 2016.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, the council’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, said it was a “big step forward” for the flood protection project and for the town itself.

“This is one of the biggest contracts that SBC has ever taken forward, and it is pleasing to be able to report that the delivery of this £31.4m project remains on programme and within budget,” he said.

“On behalf of the council, I look forward to the commencement of the site works in 2015.”

Project manager for the scheme, Conor Price, said the selection of the successful tender was the completion of many years of preparatory design and procurement work.

“The next step will be to formally award the contract, and thereafter the project team will refocus on the delivery of the construction works over the coming 24 months,” he said.

“Once the contract has been awarded, the successful contractor will formally confirm the construction programme which will identify when, and for how long, the works will take in each particular area.

“Once this is available, the project team will systematically distribute this information to all stakeholders, land owners, and river users relevant to each section of work.”

Once completed, the scheme will remove 595 properties in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas from the national flood risk register.

It will do so by protecting against the effects of flooding from the Ettrick and Yarrow waters and Long Philip and Shaw burns.

Green light for £5.2m Gourock town centre revamp

Gourock town centre

Work is set to begin on a £5.2m scheme to revamp Gourock town centre.

The go-ahead has been given for preparatory work to begin and the team behind the plans forward were at the site yesterday to unveil an artist’s impression of what the pierhead will look like when the work is eventually complete.

The project includes increased car parking, a new public space along the waterfront and a facility for small craft to access the beach at Pierhead.

Inverclyde Council said public spaces at each end of Kempock Street would also be redesigned and footpaths on the street renewed.

Preparatory work will start before Christmas and individual projects will be phased in next year.

Inverclyde Council’s environment and regeneration convener, Councillor Michael McCormick, said: “This is an historic day for Inverclyde and for the people of Gourock.

“It has been a lengthy process to bring all of the necessary licenses, permissions and land transfers together but we are finally in a position to begin.

“This project is a key priority for the council and an opportunity to enhance and regenerate one of the jewels in the crown of Inverclyde.”

The project is being delivered by regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde. The contractor is RJ McLeod.

A £600,000 project to repair and renew the sea wall adjacent to Kempock Street will be carried out and incorporated within the main contract.