FM Conway secure £130 million Croydon contract
Company to deliver highway maintenance, public realm projects and professional services across the borough
INFRASTRUCTRE services company FM Conway have been awarded a highway service contract with the London Borough of Croydon, to a value of up to £130 million.
The contract win reinforces the business’ position as London’s leading highways contractor, where it currently provides highways services for around half of the capital’s boroughs. It also follows FM Conway’s recent appointment to Highways England’s Category Management Pavement Framework.
FM Conway will work closely with Croydon Council to support its £5.25 billion regeneration programme, delivering highway maintenance services, public realm projects and professional services, including design, project management and technical support, across the borough’s 725km public road network.
The contract will run for an initial period of seven years, with the potential to be extended by up to an additional three years. Over the initial seven years, up to £36.7 million will be set aside for road improvements and up to £50 million for public realm upgrades.
The team’s focus will be on enhancing and future-proofing the borough’s roads and public spaces to ensure these are able to support Croydon’s growth. FM Conway will self-deliver services where possible, using their materials-manufacturing facilities across London and the south of England, as well as deploying their in-house highways design, construction and maintenance capabilities.
Croydon Council and FM Conway will ensure the contract delivers value for the local community, not only in terms of better journeys but also socio-economic impact. Working through the council’s job brokerage service, Croydon Works, FM Conway will provide employment opportunities and training for local residents. The company will also help to fund community projects and training days for small businesses.
James Tallon, term maintenance director at FM Conway, commented: ‘This contract win is testament to our expertise and strong position within the London market. It’s an exciting time to be working and living in Croydon, which, as the Mayor of London’s first ‘Growth Zone’, is set to see significant investment in transport infrastructure and public spaces in the coming years.
‘Our focus will be on supporting the Council’s ambitious regeneration programme, bringing our extensive expertise as a partner to London’s boroughs to bear to deliver services innovatively and efficiently in a way that maximizes investment and ultimately improves the experience of road users in Croydon.
‘The long-term nature of the partnership provides the ideal opportunity for us to continue investing in our people, materials infrastructure and technology. Our existing Croydon asphalt plant provides a major advantage, allowing us to get material to site quickly and minimizing vehicle movements on the road.’
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead on environment and transport, said: ‘This contract will secure maintenance for our road network for years to come, keeping our highways to an excellent, safe and reliable standard.
‘I welcome FM Conway’s commitment to offering jobs and opportunities to the borough’s residents. By supporting them into work and engaging proactively with the local community, it won’t just be Croydon’s roads benefiting from this partnership.’