£745 Scottish roads project selects preferred bidders

The Connect Roads consortium comprising Carillion, Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try has been appointed as the preferred bidder to finance, design build and operate the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/ Balmedie to Tipperty Project (AWPR/B-T).

This project, which is estimated to be worth in the region of £745 million, is being delivered in partnership by Transport Scotland, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council and is being procured under the Scottish Government's Non-Profit Distribution (NPD) model.

The AWPR project, includes the design and construction of 46km of new 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.

The contract will also include the construction of 40 kilometres of new side roads, 30 kilometres of access tracks and 72 new bridges, including two significant focal point bridges over the rivers Dee and Don.

Carillion chief executive, Richard Howson said: "We are delighted that we and our consortium partners have been selected as the preferred bidder for this project, which is the largest NPD project of its kind in Scotland to date.

“we look forward to working closely with Transport Scotland, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to deliver major improvements to the transport network around Aberdeen."

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