Over 350 workers join Kier as part of Birmingham roads contract
Kier has successfully integrated 360 former Amey Highways employees into its own highways team as it starts work on its Birmingham Highways contract.
Kier was named as interim contractor for the next 15 months of the PFI deal after Amey bought its way out of the agreement with Birmingham council.
Amey announced that it had agreed a £215M deal to remove itself from the highways maintenance contract last year.
It came after a five year battle with the council, during which time Amey suffered big losses with its parent company Ferrovial slashing Amey’s value to just £88M in a bid to sell the company. In its previous financial update published in May 2018, Amey was valued at £748M.
Amey was also subject to numerous fines for failing to carry out work associated with the PFI contract. This included a fine of almost £50M for taking a year to repair four damaged bollards.
Kier has now been appointed as interim contractor and will remain in the position for 15 months while Birmingham Highways Ltd and the council procures for a permanent replacement.
The contract covers more than 2,500km of road and 5,000km of footways, as well as 846 structures, three tunnels, 94,000 street lighting columns, 76,000 highway trees and the city’s traffic control system.
A permanent replacement is scheduled to be in place by July 2021 to deliver a 14-year full services contract covering operations, maintenance, improvement and renewal of the city’s highways network.
As part of the government’s TUPE rules, Kier was obligated to take on 360 members of Amey’s highways team.
Mobilisation of those workers began six weeks ago, with the final two weeks taking place under lockdown restrictions.
In order to successfully mobilise the contract and welcome the new Kier employees during this unprecedented time, the Kier Highways team held a series of online induction and training sessions at various times to ensure all new employees could attend, as well as hosting ‘digital drop ins’ to allow the new employees to ‘meet’ their colleagues.
Kier Highways acting group director Joe Incutti said: “We are delighted to welcome 360 new employees to Kier Highways, and I am extremely proud of the mobilisation team who have worked exceptionally hard under unprecedented circumstances to seamlessly transfer all employees and services in time for day one.
“I would also like to thank Amey Highways for their support during this process.
“We are delighted to be appointed to this contract, and to be working alongside Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Highways Ltd to maintain a safe and reliable network for our customers in Birmingham.”
Original source article: https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/360-amey-workers-move-to-kier-as-part-of-troubled-birmingham-roads-contract-08-04-2020/
Author: Rob Horgan
Disclaimer: This article was not originally written by a member of the HighwaysIndustry.Com team.