Cumberland Council award £55 million resurfacing contract to local firm

Cumberland Council has announced a three-year contract with local firm, DSD Construction Limited, valued up to £55 million.

After inviting bids through the electronic procurement portal, The Chest the council awarded this substantial project to local company, DSD Construction Limited, a family-owned business rooted in Carlisle since its establishment in 1993.

The comprehensive resurfacing program includes all areas under Cumberland Council’s region. Under this framework agreement, valued at up to £55 million for three years, the council will allocate at least £9.5 million for the first year for various tasks, including road resurfacing, installation of new road markings, upgrading ironworks, pothole repairs and routine maintenance.

As part of the contract, DSD Construction Limited will also contribute to key social value initiatives. This includes providing training to the council’s highway’s team, to broaden their skill sets and enhance technical expertise. This strategic investment aims to empower the Cumberland team to handle a wider range of infrastructure projects in-house, thereby sustaining overall efficiency.

Building on a successful partnership with DSD Construction Limited during previous Levelling Up Fund work, Cumberland Council looks forward to further collaboration in the coming years.

Leader of Cumberland Council, Councillor Mark Fryer, said: “This is excellent news for both the council and DSD Construction Limited. By engaging local talent, we are ensuring that the investment remains within our community. Our commitment to retaining resources locally, as outlined in our Council Plan, is reinforced by awarding up to £55 million to a local company.”

Cumberland Councillor Denise Rollo, Executive Member for Sustainable, Resilient and Connected Places, said: “I am delighted that we have chosen a local firm for this contract, aligning with Cumberland Council’s objectives. Prioritising local businesses not only supports our economy and job market but also contributes to sustainability efforts, ensuring the well-being of our community while enhancing our road infrastructure.”

Martin Tweddle, Operations Director from DSD Construction Limited, said: “We are extremely proud to have been selected by Cumberland Council to deliver the resurfacing framework over the next three years. As one of the largest SME employers in the region, it’s fantastic to see Cumberland Council investing so heavily in the local economy whilst securing and enhancing local employment and supply chain opportunities. This award provides the continuity of work needed to invest in our people as well as giving back to our local communities through various Social Value commitments.”


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