Decision to award multi-million pound Milton Keynes homes contract ‘wasn’t based on sentimentality’

John Banks, commercial director, Smith Construction and Badj Rahman, Places for People's projects implementation manager for infrastructure at Brooklands
John Banks, commercial director, Smith Construction and Badj Rahman, Places for People's projects implementation manager for infrastructure at Brooklands

Developers have awarded a huge Milton Keynes infrastructure contract to a local firm in the face of stiff competition from national operators.

Smith Construction, in Little Brickhill, has won the right to the work that includes roads, drains, two schools and two electricty sub stations in the next 1,000-home phase of the Places for People Brooklands development.

The contract is said to be valued in the “multi-million” pounds bracket.

Simon Elcock, project director for Places for People said: “It’s always beneficial for the city’s economy to award work to local partners.

“However it wasn’t a sentimental decision, we’ve won a number of prestigious awards for Brooklands and we want to maintain the high standards already set.

“One of the reasons we’ve brought in Smith to do the work because they deliver what’s required.”

By spring next year Smith will have moved many thousands of tonnes of earth, built a kilometre of road and two and a half kilometres of storm and foul drains.

The works include putting in infrastructure for services to the new houses and also two schools. A second primary school is due to open in September 2015 with a secondary school opening its doors 12 months later.

The contract involves major engineering work with some of the drains being laid at a depth of seven metres below the surface.

It will include laying pipework for gas, electricity and water and the installation of two electricity sub-stations.

Much of the surplus material from the works will be used to extend the existing tree covered noise attenuation ridge, also being built by Smith, which shields people living at Brooklands from the sounds of the M1 motorway.

Smith’s group managing director, Ian Smith, said: “We’re delighted to be working for Places for People at Brooklands again.

“Once again by keeping the material taken out of the ground on the site as part of the Ridge we will be dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of the scheme which is very important to us and to the client.”

The current phase of the Ridge is expected to be completed at the end of this year when tree planting will commence.

The infrastructure contract work will be coming to an end in the Spring 2014.