£20m plant hire for AWPR

By Mike Travers


A plant hire contract worth £20m will be awarded in the next few weeks as procurement for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route enters a crucial phase.

The deadline for companies to register interest has also passed for a number of other critical elements including earthworks (£12m), rock crushing (£15m), aggregates supply (£6m) and carriageway surfacing (£40m) as the Connect Roads consortium gears up for a full construction start.

Contracts will be awarded under a dual stage procurement process that means candidates are required to pass a selection procedure before being invited to tender or negotiate.

AWPRThe successful bidder for the contract to hire and supply operated or self-drive plant will need to start assembling a fleet of equipment in readiness for a January start and will remain involved until December 2017. A February start is anticipated for the supply of aggregates, sand and stone for road and structures construction while the earthworks job is likely to begin next March for completion in October 2016.

Those operations will begin preparing the way for the carriageway surfacing which should start next spring and has an estimated value of more than £40m. The latest sub-contracts are in addition to more than £121m worth of work advertised since August.

The AWPR project includes design and construction of 46km of dual carriageway between Stonehaven and Charleston in the south and Blackdog in the north and a further 12km of upgraded existing dual carriageway between Blackdog and Tipperty. Work will also include construction of 40 kilometres of side roads, 30 kilometres of access tracks and 72 bridges, including two significant structures over the rivers Dee and Don.


Article posted 17/11/2014