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12.02.20

Network Rail awards five-year term to Jacobs for Design Services

Network Rail has awarded places on four Lots to Jacobs for their prestigious Design Services Framework (DSF), to deliver multi-disciplinary technical and professional services, including geotechnical, civils and structures capability. This is the maximum allocation of Lots that could be awarded to one supplier.

From now, the framework is for an initial five-year term, with the possibility of extension. Jacobs will collaboratively work with Costain and SYSTRA to bring a wide range of professional services, whilst drawing on niche capability from a supply chain of 45 firms, including 25 small and medium sized enterprises.

The pipeline of improvement and regeneration work for Network Rail is significant and includes two projects that Jacobs is currently supporting: The Western Rail Link to Heathrow and the Transpennine Route Upgrade.

The new framework contract gives Jacobs the chance to continue its work evolving technology-drive solutions across areas such as asset management, digital twin, strategic consultancy and major project and program delivery.

Jacobs have worked with Network Rail and its predecessors for more than forty years, supporting projects across infrastructure, operations and asset management. Other U.K rail projects include Blackfriars Station, the Thameslink Program, including KO2 and London Bridge, the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Program and Crossrail.

Jacobs People and Places Solutions Senior Vice President, Donald Morrison, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to continue to support a more integrated way of working and help Network Rail in its drive to improve reliability and putting passengers first.

“As mobility demands and technology evolve rapidly, we are ready to help create smart, resilient transport solutions that enhance passenger experience.”

Network Rail Commercial Director, Daljinder Chatta, said: “Network Rail will have greater access to a design support network providing mutual benefits to both Network Rail and the supply chain. Some of these include working more directly with suppliers, improved assurance, getting closer to experts, improved business and safety performance, and enabling innovation to thrive.”

 

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