Hope for smaller firms
EAST Riding construction companies are being invited to share in the windfall of building the new Beverley bypass.
As well as improving the town's infrastructure, it is hoped the £27.3m Beverley integrated transport plan (BITP) will help provide much-needed investment for the area's building industry.
Companies specialising in asphalting, groundwork and landscaping are invited to become part of the supply chain.
It is hoped their involvement will spread wealth through the local economy.
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Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, said: "The council is committed to supporting local businesses and to providing a robust response to the current economic climate.
"This event will lay the groundwork for local companies to become part of the supply chain for this long-awaited and much- needed transport project.
"Investment in our local infrastructure, such as that being made on the A164, BITP and the building work at leisure centres and other amenities, will keep the East Riding working and improve our area for years to come."
East Riding Council will be holding an engagement event on Monday afternoon at Beverley Leisure Complex.
Its aim will be to introduce local suppliers and smaller construction companies to the main tenderers for the BITP, which includes the construction of the Beverley southern relief toad.
The final scheme has been designed in detail and is out to tender.
A preferred tenderer will be selected in the new year and, subject to the Department for Transport finalising the funding grant, work will begin on site in summer next year.
Seventy per cent of the sub- contracted work on the £10m improvement project on the A164 is being carried out by local businesses.
East Riding Council says it wants to see a high percentage of work on the Beverley bypass scheme to go to businesses on the area.
It also wants to see the bypass scheme include at least ten apprenticeships, 15 work experience places and site visits for college, university and school students.
For further information about the networking event, or to see if your company could benefit, call Daniel Wilson, of East Riding Council's civil engineering services project delivery team, on 01482 395337.