The Amey, Lagan and Ferrovial Agroman (ALF) consortium was today announced as Provisional Preferred Bidder for the Department for Regional Development Roads Services DBFO (Design Build Finance Operate) Package 2 contract. The 30-year project, with a capital value of over £250M.
This project forms part of a £16 billion Investment Strategy For Northern Ireland programme aimed at improving the schools, roads, water, waste, health and office infrastructure of Northern Ireland over the next decade. As part of this development programme, the Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development identified two packages of schemes to improve the strategic road network across Northern Ireland that would be delivered as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). The first, package which includes the M1 / Westlink scheme, was awarded in February this year.
In DBFO Package 2, the consortium will upgrade the existing A1 including provision of a new dual carriageway outer by-pass of Newry between Beech Hill and Cloghogue. The contract also requires provision of a new dual carriageway for the A4 from Dungannon to Ballygawley. The consortium will also be responsible for all the highway Operation and Maintenance (O&M) for a 125km length of road for the 30-year duration of the contract, including all lifecycle and major maintenance of pavement and structures.
Strengthened presence in the infrastructure market
Amey provides other important road upkeep services, such as the contract obtained early this year to maintain, manage and operate the network of main roads in south-west Scotland. The 150 million pound project runs until 2011, with the possibility of a 2-year extension. It involves managing, operating and maintaining 600 kilometres of toll roads and highways, over 400 kilometres of trunk roads and around 1,800 structures.
Amey will also support the delivery of the Scottish Executives’ transport and infrastructure programme, enhancing the Scottish trunk road network and improving road safety. Other contracts include the maintenance of four highways in Scotland, contracts with Bedfordshire, Halton and Cumbria, and the project for NADICS (National Driver Information and Control System) in Scotland under which it is advising on the operation, maintenance and improvement of equipment and systems.
Amey, one of the UK’s leading services companies, is specialised in infrastructure maintenance (roads, rail and underground) and facility management. Its main contracts include the maintenance and modernisation of three London Underground lines for a period of 30 years.