The Hoevelaken intersection is one of the most highly-congested intersections in the country, constantly among the top 25. RWS is therefore looking to tackle the Hoevelaken intersection, in collaboration with the municipalities, provinces and the transport authority in the region. The A1 between Bunschoten and Barneveld and the A28 between Nijkerk and Leusden are to be widened and the intersection redesigned. Before construction can start, the design needs to be drawn up. Here the environment and the market both play an important role. The aim of the Hoevelaken Intersection project is to improve traffic flows and access to the central Netherlands region.
The road layout is being changed so that by 2023 more traffic can be accommodated, which in turn will help improve the quality of life in the area around the intersection. As part of this project, the provinces of Utrecht and Gelderland, the municipalities of Amersfoort, Nijkerk, Leusden, Bunschoten, Barneveld and the water authority for the Vallei and Veluwe regions (currently being established) are working together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
Identifying a market partner (the tender process) for the construction side of the project will be done in a new way. Normally, market partners become involved only once the project is ready to be carried out (implementation phase). To ensure that additional targets for the environment can also be achieved – in addition to the defined project requirements – the Minister decided to involve the market earlier, during the planning study phase of the project. By involving the sub-contractor in the process earlier, and therefore allowing them to influence the plan, they are given the opportunity to come up with creative and achievable solutions. Solutions which mean that – as well as the requirements – extra requests can also be accommodated. And this resulted in the project being awarded in April 2015.
AT Osborne provided input on various aspects of this project, including negotiating the official agreement, which defines agreements of principle between RWS and the regional parties involved. AT Osborne also helped draft the PDC (plan, design, construct) contract (still only used occasionally), took a seat on the panel for the tenders, and occasionally chaired informal progress talks with the region. Finally, our employees also held some key positions in the project organisation, such as the roles of environmental manager and project management and quality manager.