Rijkswaterstaat selects winner for road PPP

The Netherlands has provisionally awarded the contract for the A12/A15 Ressen-Oudbroeken motorway project (ViA15).

Rijkswaterstaat intends to award the DBFM project to the GelreGroen consortium, consisting of Dura Vermeer, BESIX, HOCHTIEF and John Laing. Dura Vermeer, BESIX, HOCHTIEF and Van Oord are responsible for the project design, construction and maintenance.

It will involve extending the A15 for a further 12km and widening stretches of the A12 and A15 by adding extra lanes. The project will help to improve traffic flows between the Amsterdam/Rotterdam conurbation and Germany.

The work is scheduled to start in 2020. The new section of the A15 and the extra lanes on the A12/A15 will open in 2024.

The consortium said Rijkswaterstaat based its choice on both price and quality, also known as the Economically Most Advantageous Tender (EMAT). 

“Working with EMAT principles helps to leverage the innovativeness and creativity of the market. Rijkswaterstaat assessed the market parties' plans by looking at such criteria as sustainability, risk management and the level of traffic hindrance.”

A consortium consisting of Macquarie Capital, Van Gelder and Jan de Nul also submitted a bid for the contract last month.