Firm secures contract to supply concrete to A14 upgrade project

Mick George has won a contract to supply concrete for the A14 project. Picture: MICK GEORGE.

Mick George has won a contract to supply concrete for the A14 project. Picture: MICK GEORGE. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon firm Mick George has landed a contract worth more than £16 million for the supply of concrete for the A14 upgrade project.

In its entirety, 300,000m3 of concrete will be supplied over three and-a-half years, from two dedicated on-site plants.

These have been established on site at Brampton and Ermine Street, Huntingdon, with further supplies sourced from Mick George’s existing local facilities.

To date, the concrete supplied has been used to build 34 new bridges and other structures. The first side road bridge on the A1198 opened to traffic in September 2017, with the Grafham road bridge, which will pass over the A1 and A14, also nearing completion.

Many of the columns and foundations for the remaining bridges are in place, including the 750m River Great Ouse viaduct. This structure alone will require 800 concrete panels and the manufacturing of panels required for the bridge-decks is also well under way.

In addition, Mick George has already made significant earthworks, concrete and waste management provisions on the project’s five site compounds within Cambridgeshire.

Total aggregate requirements for the duration of the project are likely to exceed 10 million tonnes. To help fulfil this requirement, Mick George says it has been using local suppliers to distribute materials along haulage routes, maximising local employment opportunities. In excess of 650,000 tonnes of various aggregate materials have been delivered in this way so far.

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Michael George, contracts director of Mick George Ltd, said: “The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme has been long overdue and we are extremely excited about playing a key role in the scheme’s development and delivery.

“It is fantastic that Highways England recognise the strategic benefits of utilising local suppliers, adding significant value and benefits to the wider local economy and communities.”