Mace appointed to regulate cost on $1.53bn Stonehenge tunnel

Mace appointed to regulate cost on $1.53bn Stonehenge tunnel

by Pranali Mehta

Mace, the British consultancy and construction firm, has reportedly been appointed by the National Highways to control costs on the Stonehenge Tunnel project in Wiltshire, England.

Mace has been hired as the Complex Infrastructure Program (CIP) Commercial Partner for the A303 Stonehenge dualling plan between Amesbury as well as Berwick Down, along with the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements.

Last year, Mace was awarded Lot 1 of the £420 million ($516 million) National Highways plan for commercial as well as project management services.

The company will provide commercial services such as cost consulting, and quantity surveying, and serve as a link between National Highways along with its major contractors.

Despite persistent doubt regarding the project's future, a three-way European JV or joint venture involving Spanish contractor FCC, Austria's BeMo Tunnelling, and Italy's WeBuild was announced as the winner of the Stonehenge tunnel project last month.

Last July, the upgrade was dealt a major blow when the High Court declared Grant Shapps, transport secretary, decision to sanction the Stonehenge Tunnel project against the planning officials' recommendations to be unlawful.

After the thwarting of the decision to award the Development Consent Order, a new planning application is pending redetermination by Shapps.

Construction of the latest 10-mile dual carriageway as well as other junction upgrades will be part of the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet upgrades. Skanska is the major contractor on the $622 million project.

Jason Millett, Mace Consult’s CEO, stated that this is a significant win for Mace Consult and acknowledges the delivery experience of the team. Mace’s aim as National Highways' agile partners is to improve outcomes for clients as well as a wide spectrum of stakeholders on these major projects.

Millett further added that as a result, Mace’s hands-on approach to both of these big infrastructure projects will assist restore connectivity in these places and make a substantial difference to both people and funders.

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Pranali Mehta

A chemical engineer by qualification, Pranali Mehta dutifully walked down the slated path and worked in a chemical firm for a year. Her passion for writing however, pushed her into experimenting with the same as a career. With over three years of experience in content writ Read more...