Colas Ltd at the heart of London

Since April 2013, Colas Ltd has been responsible for renovating and maintaining more than 250 kilometers of roads in central London within the framework of an eight-year contract secured as part of a consortium.

A prestigious reference, once again allowing the subsidiary to promote its expertise in long-term road maintenance contracts. We report from the heart of the British capital.

Colas Ltd at the heart of London

London, a city that never sleeps. Site machinery goes back and forth. Since April 1, 2013, as part of the CVU joint venture, Colas Ltd - Colas’ British subsidiary - has been contributing to the renova-tion and maintenance of more than 250 kilometers of roads in the heart of central London

From Routes magazine - October 2014

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United Kingdom

  • Capital :
    London

  • Currency :
    pound sterling

  • Language :
    English

Statistics

  • Area

    244000

    km²
  • Population

    64

    million
  • Density

    264

    inhabitants/km²

Long-term road improvement and maintenance contract for Central London


  • 200

    employees

  • 1

    control center operating 24/7

  • 3

    depots

  • 420

    million (£520million), of which 40% for Colas Ltd

  • 8

    years, from April 1, 2013

  • 250

    km of streets renovated and maintained
“Cooperation between the three joint venture partners is crucial. Together, we deal with the same problems every day, we develop a common culture hinged around the same values and we share the same objective: to transform London’s streets.”

David Craik, Executive Director, Colas Ltd.

Colas Ltd at the heart of London

Colas Ltd at the heart of London

More than 28 million journeys are made every day in London and 86% of them are by road. Traffic in the city is extremely dense, due to the sheer concentration of business and tourist activities. Users need a well-maintained network and fully integrated transport infrastructures. This network, managed by Transport for London, is currently divided into four zones, each cov- ered by a specific contract. At the end of 2012, the contract relating to the central area of the city, called Central London, was secured by CVU, a joint venture made up of Colas Ltd, Volker- Highways and URS.” Since April 1, 2013, as part of the CVU joint venture, Colas Ltd - Colas’ British subsidiary - has been contributing to the renova- tion and maintenance of more than 250 kilometers of roads in the heart of central London.

The eight-year contract covers the improvement and maintenance of roads, sidewalks and curbs, including road surfaces, traffic signs, street lighting, road safety features, drainage, earthworks, landscaping, bridges and other civil engineering structures, as well as urban furniture. Additional services are also provided under the terms of the contract, such as winter maintenance, emergency call-outs, street cleaning, traffic management, design and inspectionservices (safety, bridges and other structures), together with specific services associated with major events such as the London marathon.

Colat Ltd

  • 1600 employees

  • Leader in the production of emulsions, the management and maintenance of road networks, the construction of airport runways

References in the field of long-term road maintenance contracts:

  • PFI (Private Finance Initiative) contract for road renovation and maintenance in the city of Portsmouth (duration: 25 years from mid-2004)
  • Long-term road improvement and maintenance contract for Central London (duration: 8 years from April 2013)
  • 3 long-term MAC (Managing Agent Contractor) contracts relating to road and highway management and maintenance areas 7, 12 and 14, i.e. 3,300 km, (duration: 5 years beginning 2009 and 2010, with a possible 2-year extension)