Marlborough Highways secures £45m Camden contract

Civil Engineering company Marlborough Highways has won a contract to become the London Borough of Camden’s principal contractor for works in the north of the borough.

The five-year Contract will commence on 1 April 2023 and is valued at approximately £5.6 million per annum, with an option to extend the partnership by a further three-years, bringing the total value to up to £45 million over the period.

The award comes after a competitive bid process, in which Camden Council divided its highways operations into distinct north and south geographical areas of responsibility, with Marlborough winning the ‘Public Realm Maintenance and Improvements’ Contract for works in the north of the borough. The zone comprises residential and commercial areas around Hampstead Heath and Waterlow Park, as well as roads and public spaces in the eclectic communities of Belsize Park, Chalk Farm and South Hampstead. Marlborough’s bid needed to provide excellent value, while demonstrating innovation and a clear vision for a greener, cleaner, and safer Camden.

Marlborough will conduct the new operations from its Garman Road depot, which is just a few miles to the north of Camden in the London Borough of Haringey, and is home to a fleet of high-performance plant machinery and specialist highways maintenance vehicles. Marlborough’s dedicated Camden team will also be supported by staff from Marlborough’s head office in Chelmsford with its accredited in-house training facilities and passionate Quality, Health, Safety and Environment division. 

The Contract’s extensive scope of services includes the maintenance and improvement of public highways, Camden Council’s estate roads, and parks, with works spanning surfacing, traffic management, street lighting, road marking, public realm projects, and more.

In line with Camden Council’s Carbon Reduction Plan to go Net Zero by 2030, Marlborough’s Camden operations will produce Net Zero emissions for the entirety of the contract. Drawing on its diverse supply chain, Marlborough will use eco-friendly building materials and employ pioneering construction methods, ensuring projects are delivered sustainably and to the highest quality. Working with an independent consultancy, all schemes will be expertly assessed using a Carbon Footprint Calculator, with electric vehicles, biofuel powered plant, and renewable energy supplies amongst the green technology set to be deployed. Furthermore, Marlborough will divert 100% of Camden construction waste from landfill.  

In addition to the public works, Marlborough will conduct a significant series of social value initiatives in the London Borough of Camden throughout the Contract period. This will include prioritising resident employment through the creation of local jobs and apprenticeship placements, as well as the provision of training and educational courses delivered by qualified members of staff. Marlborough will also engage with schools and colleges, and support community organisations in Camden through a range of initiatives including employee volunteering.

Marlborough already has a presence in nine other London boroughs, including Hackney, Havering and Barking & Dagenham, bringing a huge amount of experience and expertise to the north of Camden. In operation for more than 30 years, Marlborough’s team understands the area’s unique transport priorities and is dedicated to delivering better roads and public spaces for everyone in the borough.

Matthew Revell, Marlborough’s Managing Director, commented “We couldn’t be more excited to be working in the London Borough of Camden, and our expert team look forward to delivering a greener and cleaner environment for everyone to live, work and travel. I would like to thank our friends at Camden Council for putting their trust in Marlborough, it is a privilege to serve such a beautiful and vibrant community.”

The Camden award follows contract wins for Marlborough in 2022 in the London boroughs of Newham and Islington, with the company committed to further expansion in the Capital and beyond as part of an ambitious growth strategy.

(Picture – Marlborough Highways)


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