Waterman appointed on Cheshire West and Chester Council highways partnership

Published 15th December 2022

Cheshire West and Chester Council has selected Colas as its highway’s delivery partner for the next seven years.

Waterman has been appointed to support Colas Ltd on a seven-year Highways Delivery Partner contract for Cheshire West and Chester Council, with two possible extensions of four years each, taking the maximum term to fifteen years. Each year the Council spends up to £20 million on these services, making the highways contract one of its largest. The agreement involves maintenance of 2,300km of public highways as well as structures including the historic Chester City Walls, traffic signals, street lighting, gulley cleansing, drainage, street furniture, road studs and markings, professional services and vehicle restraint systems.

Taking a highly collaborative approach, the delivery team and the Council will be working closely together to deliver a quality service for the local communities. This will see Waterman provide a range of specialist professional services including transport planning, highways design and asset management.

The local highways depots will receive improvements in 2023, including upgrades to welfare facilities for staff, new electric vehicle charging points. In addition to the main depot, which will be carbon neutral by 2025, a new local recycling facility will champion circular economy principles and enable specialist road recycling. The team will also deliver a fleet solution that is 100% alternative fuel and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles.

CEO at Colas, Faical Lahmamsi, said in a recent statement: “We are delighted to have been awarded this seven-year contract by Cheshire West and Chester Council and are excited to be bringing our experience in delivering sustainable road solutions for them, and their communities.”

John Hughes, Director at Waterman Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Colas and the Council team to undertake highways and structures maintenance in Cheshire West and Chester. With social value and sustainability high on the Council’s agenda, we look forward to collaborating with Colas and the Council to deliver a range of benefits to these local communities”

This framework is the latest addition to Waterman’s growing portfolio of nationwide strategic infrastructure partnerships.