Professional Services

The purpose of the professional services workstream is to ensure that Midlands Highway Alliance (MHA) member authorities have easy and economical access to consultancy services. This is done by establishing a professional services framework that all authorities can use. It takes into account (as far as is practicable) the needs and aspirations of member authorities in that procurement process.

The current framework, Professional Services Partnership 2 (PSP2), is a single supplier framework, and was awarded to AECOM (formerly URS) on 28 April 2015. AECOM have a virtual partnership with Waterman for the secondment of professional and technical staff.

PSP 2 follows the successful PSP1, which achieved savings of 12% on a turnover of £29 million, It is the second generation of frameworks procured by the MHA that is being used by 14 of the MHA’s member authorities. It is based on the New Engineering Contract (NEC) Framework Contract and the Professional Services contract.

The scope of the framework is broad and intended to cover all aspects of local highway authorities’ work. Being a single supplier framework (described as an upside down framework with one supplier and multiple clients) allows AECOM to identify collaborative opportunities that will maximise efficiencies across the alliance. AECOM Waterman secondments enable authorities to deliver a range of services, including major highway improvements, maintenance and road safety projects, town centre regeneration schemes and transport studies.

For general information on PSP2 read the document below.

Professional Services Partnership 2 leaflet

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Alternatively, contact Peter Barclay, Chair of the Professional Services work stream on 0116 305 5681 or