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13 April 2004

Mott MacDonald wins new £400m partnership with Norfolk County Council

Mott MacDonald and construction services firm May Gurney have been chosen by Norfolk County Council as part of a £400 million partnership to deliver planning and transportation services across Norfolk.

Staff from all three organisations will work in teams to find innovative ways of delivering the full range of services, which includes roads, bridges, passenger transport, waste, environment and planning. The new deal will replace the existing partnership contracts, which these two companies have held for five years and which expire in July.

Norfolk County Council was the first local authority in the country to ask the private sector to work so closely with a council workforce to deliver public services. It is estimated that the partnerships have already saved Norfolk taxpayers more than £1m a year, compared with the cost of carrying out work by traditional methods.

The first partnership also helped the County Council achieve Beacon status*, which means the Government recognises its work as an example of good practice to other councils.

Sam Ralph, the Director of Planning and Transportation at Norfolk County Council who was very involved in setting up the first partnership five years ago, said: "Our Planning and Transportation Strategic Partnership has delivered exceptional value to Norfolk over the last five years, through the hard work and skill of all involved.”

Mott MacDonald will provide professional engineering, design, environmental and planning consultancy services, largely from their office in Norwich, although Norfolk will also be able to benefit from the expertise of their worldwide network.

Director Chris Trinder said: "I am totally delighted that the hard work and dedication of our staff has been recognised and rewarded by this prestigious award by Norfolk County Council. Over the years our partnership with the Council and May Gurney has developed into a close understanding, delivering benefits to all parties and to the people of Norfolk. We are fully committed to building on this platform to deliver a continously improving service in the future.”

Notes for Editors

The contracts cover the whole of Norfolk, apart from Norwich where the City Council carries out many of these services.

*Beacon status is granted to authorities who can demonstrate a clear vision, excellent services and a willingness to innovate within a specific theme. In addition, Beacon councils must have good overall performance, not just in the service area for which the status is awarded.
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