Kier wins slot on £500m canal and rivers framework

Kier is one of two main contractors appointed to carry out large-scale construction and engineering projects across 2,000 miles of historic waterways over the next decade.

The firm, which has won a place on the £500m Civil Engineering Contract Framework with the Canal & River Trust, alongside JN Bentley, will assist the charity in protecting and preserving the nation’s canals, reservoirs and river navigations.

It represents the trust’s largest-ever award of waterway engineering works.

The new contracts will cover the charity’s 1,582 locks, 55 tunnels, 2,970 bridges, 281 aqueducts and 71 reservoirs, and replace the current national contract with Kier.

Covering the north and south of the network, the contractors will carry out the largest restoration and repair projects, including work on the charity’s most complex assets, and protect them from flooding and breaches.

A range of contractors will be appointed to deliver less complex works later this month.

Chief infrastructure and programmes officer at Canal & River Trust Malcolm Horne said work carried out by the contractors would help to future-proof the UK’s canals and protect them against the effects of climate change.

He said: “The ongoing task of caring for the thousands of historic assets that make up this extraordinary infrastructure network requires a substantial programme of work.

“Our contractors will play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the waterways and safeguarding their future, whilst enabling us to improve value for money and continuing to deliver an effective emergency response when required.”

The new contracts are awarded for a period of up to 10 years from August, with an initial term of four years, followed by the option of a further six years.

Kier Infrastructure Regional Civil Engineering director Eddie Quinn said: “We are incredibly proud of our longstanding partnership with the Canal & River Trust, carrying out maintenance works and emergency response services at times when they, and local communities, have needed it most.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with the trust to deliver vital infrastructure projects.”

JN Bentley operations director Ian Bester said: “JN Bentley is delighted to be appointed to the framework – an important new client for us, and providing a fantastic opportunity to be involved with preserving and enhancing the industrial and natural heritage of the country.”

The trust is the third-largest owner of listed structures in the UK, including 46 scheduled monuments.

Kier was confirmed as the builder of a new £400m prison in East Yorkshire earlier this month. It will start work on the 1,400-space facility in the village of Full Sutton this autumn.

It also won a slot on a £500m building framework for the south east of England last month.

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