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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-20040: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what organisations it engaged with in preparing the design of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) for tender; whether the original design and specifications required amendment, and, if so, at what cost.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 November 2018

Transport Scotland’s technical advisors, Jacobs Engineering Group, produced the specimen design for the AWPR/B-T project, prior to the main contract tender. Due to the Design Build Finance and Operate procurement model for the AWPR/B-T project, it is the responsibility of the contractor to produce the final design. Any costs associated with the development of this design are met at the contractor’s own risk.

The contract was awarded to Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL) in December 2014. As such, ARL is responsible for the funding, final design, construction and subsequent maintenance of the completed scheme for a period of 30 years on behalf of the Scottish Ministers.