17 Nov 2016

Mouchel secures highways and transportation services extension with Leeds City Council

Mouchel has successfully secured a contract extension to its highways and transportation professional services contract with Leeds City Council.  

Mouchel, recently acquired by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, has worked with Leeds City Council since 2003, and this new extension takes the contract to August 2018, its maximum length. Mouchel will continue to provide the council with a range of services across highways, structures, transport planning, urban design and environmental factors from inception, to feasibility and design, to construction.

The Leeds team, alongside colleagues from the wider business, supports Leeds City Council in the delivery of high profile schemes such as its city centre strategy, Leeds Bradford Airport and the East Leeds orbital road. All of these schemes are enabled by the West Yorkshire Transport Fund and Mouchel’s work is helping to accelerate the council’s infrastructure regeneration plans, including significant housing allocations, employment zones and enabling works for HS2.

The firm’s most recent completed project for Leeds City Council has been the Cycle Superhighway from East Leeds to Bradford Centre, the UK’s first attempt to develop a separate, long-distance cycle route. Transport specialists worked with colleagues from Leeds City Council and Bradford Council to develop new design solutions, including signalled junctions and bus stops, to create increased levels of priority and safety compared to conventional on-road cycle routes.

James Woodhead, commission director for the Leeds/Mouchel Partnership, said: “Having worked on this contract for 13 years, our team has built a strong relationship with Leeds City Council and we’re pleased that this alongside our commitment to service quality has been recognised with a further extension to our contract. We’re looking forward to continuing our work to help the council deliver excellence to the people of Leeds.”

Gary Bartlett, Chief Officer, Highways and Transportation, Leeds City Council, said: "We are delighted to extend the current contract to 31st August 2018. We currently have a very full programme of works from major new transport schemes through to an extensive maintenance programme related to our existing infrastructure. Over the last 13 years, Mouchel has provided excellent support to deliver our increasing work programmes and I have no doubt that will continue for the remainder of the contract period. We look forward to continuing our close working over the next two years."

Mouchel has recently joined forces with leading global professional consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Combined WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Mouchel now employ over 400 people in Leeds.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is one of the main suppliers to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and constituent District Councils, across a range of transport planning, modelling and appraisal and highways design services. It is working on significant projects in the region including the Leeds City Region Metro study and connectivity to Leeds Bradford Airport. The firm was also recently appointed to environmental projects at the University of York and White Rose Shopping Centre and is the engineer behind the Tower Works Scheme in the city centre.

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