VolkerFitzpatrick named as contractor for £1.2bn Network Rail Framework

VolkerFitzpatrick has today been named as one of the preferred contractors for building and civil engineering work in Network Rail's Control Period Five (CP5), which runs from 2014 to 2019.

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The framework agreement, which will start on 1st April 2014, is for the Anglia route, the largest of the geographic areas. 

The work will involve delivering longer platforms for longer trains on key commuter routes, station enhancements, new footbridges to improve accessibility and upgrades to bridges, embankments and tunnels to increase the resilience of the infrastructure in some of the most intensely-used parts of Britain's rail network.

Chris Evans, managing director of rail at VolkerFitzpatrick, said: "We are delighted to have been selected for the Anglia route on the CP5 Multi Functional Framework. Our collaborative relationship with the Network Rail team in the southern region has been key to the successful and safe delivery of our work over the last four years.  We look forward to working with the team to develop a ‘better railway for a better Britain' in the future."

The frameworks are intended to encourage and facilitate suppliers working closely with Network Rail from initial development to delivery and will incorporate jointly agreed objectives which align with Network Rails outputs for CP5. Collaboration formed 25% of the evaluation criteria emphasising the commitment by Network Rail to work more closely and transparently with its supply chain. 

For the first time, safety issues made up 15% of the evaluation criteria when choosing the partners Network Rail will work with. Nick Elliott, Regional Director for Network Rail IP Southern, said: "This represents a significant change in the way we assess safety and underlines our commitment to delivering a fundamental improvement in workforce safety within the rail industry." 

Nick went on to say: "When you combine this with BS11000 and early contractor involvement in design, it shows how we are changing the way we work to bring even closer collaboration between Network Rail and the supply chain."