Buckinghamshire Council in the UK has awarded an eight-year contract to Atkins. The package of works will be to design and professional services for the county’s highways. The contract will run from 1 April 2023, when the current Transport for Buckinghamshire arrangements come to an end.
Atkins will work in close collaboration with Buckinghamshire Council and its new maintenance contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places, appointed in July, to support highways maintenance and infrastructure projects across more than 5,000km of roads, footpaths and cycle routes.
There is also an option to extend the contract of around £36 million for a further four years subject to performance. The contract will include feasibility, investigation, strategy, planning, design, professional support and site supervision. Throughout the contract, Atkins will deliver continual improvement and value for money, through automation, innovation and the introduction of digital technology.
Atkins will support the council in achieving its 2050 net zero target and is committed to measuring and reducing carbon emissions on highways work through its Whole Life Carbon Management approach. The company achieved company-wide carbon neutrality in 2021 and has its own target for net zero operations by 2030.