In September 2018, six private sector infrastructure giants signed a ground-breaking agreement with England's Economic Heartland, aimed at realising the economic potential in and around the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge growth corridor.
A year on from the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between EEH and Kier, WSP, Jacobs, Ringway Jacobs, Skanska and Volker Fitzpatrick the group, known collectively as the Strategic Delivery Partners Group, has been joined by Atkins, and the initial commitment to collaborate is beginning to deliver real outcomes for EEH through a number of commissioned pieces of work in support of the development and implementation of their overarching Transport Strategy.
All the companies involved in the group currently provide services and works for one or more of the councils which make up EEH, following their respective competitive tender processes, and it is planned that they will continue working collaboratively to provide technical advice to EEH on its work programme, ensuring its commissions offer best value for money and benefit from the latest thinking and technological developments.
In addition to work on the Transport Strategy, the group will contribute to EEH's development and delivery of its Major Road Network, whilst providing insight into EEH's ongoing capability and capacity study, aimed at getting the best out of available resources to deliver the ambitious infrastructure improvements the region requires.
England's Economic Heartland chairman, Cllr Martin Tett, said: "This ground-breaking collaboration ensures England's Economic Heartland benefits from having access to expert advice when identifying infrastructure priorities, developing proposals and, in due course, delivering them. As work on our overarching Transport Strategy is taken forward the delivery partners group will be a key partner, providing guidance and advice on potential investments, which will be crucial in accelerating delivery of strategic infrastructure in the region."
Lead officer: Steve Kent: