Jacobs secures multi-year Herts highways contract


Engineering services company Jacobs has secured a major multi-year highways contract in Hertfordshire.  

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The firm will provide programme and asset management as well as technical support to Hertfordshire County Council’s highway and environmental services team, which manages assets worth around £8 billion. 

The Jacobs-led team includes professional services firm PA Consulting as embedded innovation and transformation partner, with sub-consultants Tetra TechTony Gee and Brightly (a Siemens company) supporting sustainability and social value objectives. 

The contract is due to begin in October for an initial five years, with optional extension periods for up to 14 years, with an estimated contract value of £17 million per year. 

According to the council’s own website, Ringway appears to be contracted to provide highways services to the local authority between October 2012 and September 2024, while Octavius Infrastructure appears to be contracted to provide bridge and structure maintenance from January 2022 and December 2027.  

“We are developing a collaborative innovation culture with Hertfordshire County Council that will evolve services to meet ambitions for a cleaner, healthier Hertfordshire and grow local small/medium enterprises, suppliers, skills and jobs,” said Jacobs senior vice president, Kate Kenny. 

Executive member for highways, councillor Phil Bibby, added: “Following much hard work and a competitive procurement process, I am pleased to announce our collaboration with Jacobs.  

“I look forward to many years of close co-operation as we continue working to protect, repair and enhance our highways network.” 

Hertfordshire County Council said: “We work with a range of providers who provide Hertfordshire County Council with the delivery of a range of highway services to our residents and businesses.

“Jacobs were recently awarded a professional services contract from which they provide a range of services, including scheme design and contract management support, which are separate to the services delivered through both the Ringway and Octavius contracts.”

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