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LONDON BOROUGH AWARDS INFRASTRUCTURE CONTRACTS WORTH£100M

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Harrow LBC has appointed AccordMP as its partner to achieve radical long-term improvement to its public realm infra...
Harrow LBC has appointed AccordMP as its partner to achieve radical long-term improvement to its public realm infrastructure, including highways, footpaths and pavements, playgrounds, fencing and street lighting.

The council has awarded AccordMP two related contracts to carry out the full package infrastructure works and provide professional support to manage the service. The five-year contracts, with possible two year extensions, have a combined value of up to£100m over their lifespan.

The new partnership replaces Harrow's existing arrangements with around 20 different contractors.

By working as a single team, AccordMP and Harrow LBC expect to achieve significant administrative savings while creating a culture of innovation. Creative and well-executed improvement schemes will help to make Harrow an even more attractive place to live, work and visit. Priorities include cutting crime, tackling congestion and protecting the environment.

Andrew Trehern, executive director, urban living, Harrow LBC, said:

'I have no doubt that residents will very soon see real improvements to the borough's streets and parks as a result of our partnership with AccordMP. This deal is one of the largest the council has ever signed and marks a major change for the better in the way we deliver services that improve our environment. I am delighted that Harrow is leading the way nationally in how it procures services.'

David Virden, managing director, AccordMP, said:

'The breadth of our remit in Harrow is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of our one team approach to the local government market.

'We were confident that both local government and the Highways Agency would be attracted by our model. Our success in Harrow, just a month after winning our first contract with the Highways Agency, means that we are off to a flying start.'

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