Firm will improve and maintain 2,500km of road network, as well as bridges, trees, lights and street furniture

Amey has beaten a Laing O’Rourke/Vinci/WSP joint venture to win preferred bidder status for Birmingham’s 25-year, £2.7bn highways maintenance and management PFI.

The firm will be responsible for improving and maintaining Birmingham’s highways infrastructure, including 2,500km of road network, nearly 100,000 street lights, as well as more than 850 highway structures, bridges, trees and street furniture across the city.

The contract will also see Amey developing a traffic management strategy for the region and implementing new technology to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety.

It will create about 300 jobs in the region with a further 300 likely to transfer from Birmingham council.

The firm is planning to open an "international design hub" in the city's Colmore Plaza to consolidate its existing consultancy team and 250 designers plus a further 500 professional design engineers.