In 2015 and 2016, RWS widened the A12 in both directions between Ede and the Grijsoord interchange, from four to six lanes. This improves the flow of traffic, accessibility to the region and traffic safety.
An important priority in this project is the development of natural habitats. After all, the A12 runs straight through the Veluwe region, the largest low-lying nature reserve in north-west Europe. The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (RWS) and Heijmans are working together with the land managers of the adjacent nature reserves to turn the widening of the road into a quality vector for the environment. The aim – to retain and increase the existing value and experience of the natural habitat.
Design, build, finance and maintain
The project is a public-private partnership under a DBFM agreement, where the contractor is responsible for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the infrastructure. During the implementation phase, the contractor will widen the carriageway between Ede and Grijsoord (ready in second half of 2016) and will then be responsible for its management and maintenance for the next sixteen years. The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (RWS) awarded the contract to Heijmans A12 B.V. on the basis of the MEAT (most economically advantageous tender) criteria of keeping disruption of road traffic to a minimum, minimal disruption to road users and minimal impact on natural habitats.
Responsible for risk management
We at AT Osborne have been responsible for organising and assisting with the risk management process within this project since the end of 2011. This was an essential component, as when preparing the contracts, the risk register was one of the most important factors in defining the ceiling price for the bid for the project. During the implementation phase, the risk register provides the basis for system-based contract management.
In 2014, the RWS developed a new standard contract management plan for DBFM projects, where results are managed in seven areas. Our consultant was jointly responsible for the roll-out and application of the contract management plan on this project. In addition, our consultant has a permanent place in the IPM team discussions.
The Route Decision for the A12 Ede – Grijsoord was taken on 5 December 2011 and closed to appeals on 12 September 2012. The tender process began in 2013, and in 2014 Heijmans A12 B.V. was selected for the job. Along with the price, quality was an important part of the selection criteria.