Professional wins two year role in Cameron-backed £191 million Skanska M1 contract

Professional Concrete Pumping (formerly Pochins) has been awarded a two year sole supplier contract for Skanska which will include work on the £191 million M1 junction 19 improvement project.

It will supply all mobile and static concrete pumps for the project which is due to open to traffic in the autumn of 2016.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne visited the site this month to reinforce the government’s commitment to investing in traffic infrastructure improvements – something which is seeing demand for Professional’s national fleet soar countrywide.

MD Peter Liddle said the latest in a string of high profile high value projects for some of the UK’s largest contractors is testament to the expertise, professionalism and customer service offered by the country’s largest concrete pumping company – and the only one with truly national coverage.

“Our commitment to expanding the company, our faith in the economic recovery and the upturn in the construction industry have been translated into an ambitious unprecedented £5.2 million investment in new plant. This will see our mobile fleet grow by more than 25% by August this year and more than quadruple our static and placing boom capacity. This looks set to be a record-breaking year for us and many of our suppliers and customers.

“Our workforce has been incredible – dedicated, determined and reacting with impressive speed and efficiency to some vital infrastructure work in recent months. The response of our pump operators and fitters to the Dawlish disaster and their determination to battle against the odds in appalling weather conditions to help the railway line open ahead of the time initially predicted by Network Rail is just one example.”

The David Cameron and George Osborne visit to the M1 site coincided with an announcement that Skanska is creating 1,500 new jobs over the next two or three years and follows CITB research showing that the construction industry as a whole needs to recruit more than 36,000 workers a year over the next five years to keep pace with a faster than expected recovery.

Professional will play a key role in work at the interchange, which has seen 250 deaths and serious injuries occur over the past two decades. Improvements are aimed at relieving congestion and improving traffic safety for the 142,000 vehicles which use it every day, providing direct free flow links between the M1 and A14, M6 and A14 and M1 and M6 and will include six new bridges.

During the visit David Cameron said:

“An important part of our economic plan is building the infrastructure that the country needs. Key junctions like this on the M1 are absolutely vital arteries for our economy which needs properly unblocking.”

The Skanska M1 contract is the latest in a clutch of major road and rail infrastructure projects for Professional. Other contracts include work for Betts on the new Heysham to M6 link road, emergency repairs to the storm ravaged railway line in Dawlish, and multi million pound extensions to tram systems in Birmingham and Nottingham.

For full photographic coverage of David Cameron and George Osborne’s visit go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/number10gov/sets/72157644243300245/