29th April 2021:

Oxford Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology, working together as Oxford Cotswold Archaeology JV (OCA JV), are delighted to have won a place on a framework to undertake archaeological investigations associated with new major road projects in England over the next four years.

Highways England has announced the organisations that have won places on its new £195m framework which offers the successful suppliers the opportunity to work with them to protect and enhance England’s unique cultural heritage and buried archaeology.

The framework has been divided into three lots depending upon the value of the projects, and OCA has been awarded a place on Lots 2 and 3 which cover projects with values greater than £2m.

Catherine McGrath of Highways England said: 'We’re delighted to announce the new framework; it’s the first of its kind in the archaeological sector for Highways England and enables us to develop direct relationships with archaeology contractors, developing greater efficiencies. We look forward to working with the successful suppliers.'

OCA has put together a strong team to deliver the framework, including UK civil engineering market leader Balfour Beatty who are supporting us with industry-leading expertise in health and safety and project management and programming. Other partners include Draper Civil Engineering who will supply plant and welfare facilities, and specialist geophysicists from Magnitude Surveys.

Oxford Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology have a proven track record of collaborating successfully on major projects. We are currently working on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing road scheme in Essex and Kent and on the High Speed 2 railway. CEOs Gill Hey and Neil Holbrook said: ‘OCA has proven itself to be a highly successful vehicle to deliver major projects, and we look forward to working together and with our partners over the next four years to support Highways England’s road investment strategy’.