Contractors sign £140m road deals in South West


Somerset Council has appointed three new partners to deliver road maintenance services and improvements to its network over four-year contracts, reportedly worth a combined £140 million. 

Credit: Somerset Council.

Kiely Bros. Limited and Heidelberg Materials will deliver surface treatment works and resurfacing services respectively, while Octavius Infrastructure has been awarded the contract for new infrastructure assets and all manner of highway improvements. 

It follows the council awarding Kier Transportation a £225 million road maintenance contract last year, which spans repairs, drainage, verge cutting and winter service over eight years.  

Following a tendering process started in 2021, Kier secured the largest contract covering term maintenance, which begins 1 April. The current contract with Milestone Infrastructure comes to an end at the end of March.     

Kiely Group managing director, Mike Kiely, said: “Kiely Group has provided over 20 million square meters of surface dressing work across the county since we began working here in 2008 and we are thankful to the local authority for their open-minded and collaborative approach throughout the years.” 

Gavin Pritchard, MD at Octavius Highways, said: “Our aim is to openly share best practice and learning to deliver the very best solutions in fulfilling the needs of the people of Somerset, highway users and in doing so address climate change.” 

Gareth Day, asphalt and contracting MD at Heidelberg, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Somerset Council and are looking forward to helping the team deliver its ambitious carbon reduction targets.” 

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