Major Projects

Colas carries out projects worldwide, ranging from more routine, small-scale and short-term projects to large-scale and highly sophisticated projects. These road, airport, port, railway and public transport infrastructure projects are classified as major projects.

The Group offers a comprehensive range of innovative, responsible and bespoke solutions at every stage of a major project: structuring, financing, design, construction, maintenance and services. Projects are delivered ready for use and tailored to customers’ expectations.

Depending on the specific features of each project, Colas may draw on the resources, skills and expertise of its local subsidiaries, its business line subsidiaries, or Colas Projects, a subsidiary dedicated to managing major projects, and/or the functional departments of Colas SA.

Recognized expertise in major projects

Colas leverages the strengths of its decentralized, cross-departmental organization to excel in major projects, combining the close contact it can offer through its local presence with the power of a large global group. 

Colas’ key assets: 

  • Complementary skills and resources across its local road subsidiaries, which have strong connections to the regions where they are located
  • The expertise of its other business subsidiaries, Colas Rail (railways), Aximum (safety and signaling) and Spac (water and energy transport), as well as Mobility by Colas (which integrates and operates digital mobility services)
  • The expertise of the Group’s departments and support services in PPP, major project financing, R&D and BIM
  • Project management expertise and methods built up by Colas Projects 
  • The Group’s capacity for innovation to meet each project’s economic, financial, technical and environmental priorities

Colas Projects: Our subsidiary dedicated to major projects

In 2017, Colas created Colas Projects to expand the Group’s operations connected with more complex, larger-scale projects in sectors further outside the scope of its core business. 

To complete these major projects, Colas’ subsidiary uses multidisciplinary and often multicultural teams, which include specialists in a variety of technical fields, engineering, project financing and more. These teams work together at every stage of a project, from preparing the overall bid to executing the contract.

Colas Projects’ purpose is to ensure the centralized management of these projects and, in conjunction with the Group’s subsidiaries and external partners, to build a comprehensive, innovative range of original, custom solutions tailored to customers’ needs. Customers can count on end-to-end support from a single point of contact, thanks to this combination of a centralized team and a local presence.

For each project, Colas Projects assembles a team of key resources with specific profiles, such as project managers, contract officers, financial controllers, planners, process managers and QHSE managers. The Group’s subsidiaries provide a local presence and offer additional support to project teams in planning and executing work.