Kier Highways for Safety Critical Refurbishments Awards SPIE contract for the A50 Meir Tunnel

Published on 06 January 2021

London, 6 January 2021SPIE UK, a subsidiary of SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, has been awarded a new contract by Kier Highways for the replacement of the tunnel cladding, new fire main and hydrants plus radio rebroadcasting system with break-in facility for the A50 Meir Tunnel

Under the contract, SPIE UK will be responsible for the management, design and procurement, installation, testing and commissioning of all the cladding, infrastructure, mechanical, electrical and communication services for the Meir Tunnel.

SPIE was awarded the contract because of their strong reputation for quality and performance in the tunnel maintenance sector, being experts at maximizing the limited time frame for works and in upholding relevant safety guidance. SPIE also have extensive experience of working on the Meir Tunnel, having been the original design and build contractors and also conducting recent upgrades including lighting, SCADA and control, VMS signage and escape signage systems.

Steve Henry, Operations Manager at SPIE UK, said, “winning the contract at Meir Tunnel is testament to the team’s expertise in delivering critical services whilst working under the constraints that are inevitably imposed when working on tunnel infrastructure. We’re incredibly pleased to have been awarded the contract and look forward to working with Kier Highways and Highways England to deliver services that will make the tunnel safer for road users for years to come.

Paul Diamond, Tunnel Manager, at Kier Highways, said, “it was clear that SPIE had all the skills necessary to deliver against the requirements of the Meir Tunnel contract and ensure the highest standard of workmanship. As an integral piece of infrastructure between three major highways, it is crucial that the systems installed are resilient and guarantee the safety of the thousands of users every day. We are confident that SPIE will deliver a solution that meets these expectations.