Colas bags major highways deal – up to £300m


Colas Ltd has been appointed to deliver a major highways contract in the northwest. 

colas £300m highway
by Rory ButlerDecember 7, 2022

Cheshire West and Chester Council selected the civil engineering firm as its new highways delivery partner for the next seven years. 

Colas will take over from Ringway in April 2023. 

Inside the deal: The contract is worth around £20 million a year to Colas. However, with two possible extensions of four years each also on the table, the maximum term of up to 15 years could be worth £300 million. 

Also on the job: 

  • Waterman (professional services) 
  • Bouygues Energies & Services (lighting and signals) 

Scope of works: 

  • 2,300km of public highways maintenance 
  • upkeep of historic Chester City Walls 
  • traffic signals, street lighting, professional services  

The firm will also upgrade local highways depots in early 2023, including new welfare facilities and EV charging points, and a local recycling facility in the main depot.  

Drawing on the National Highways Area 9 contract which began in July, Colas will deliver a fleet solution that is 100% alternative fuel and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles. 

“The entire team at Colas are thrilled to be working in a collaborative approach across the contract with Cheshire West and Chester Council, in particular with the creation of a new Social Value Steering Group that will see us work jointly with the council and local stakeholders to create a strategy and address emerging challenges which will support local people and create opportunities for disadvantaged communities,” said David Ogden, Executive Director for Asset and Maintenance solutions at Colas. 

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