The A12 Utrecht Lunetten-Veenendaal project is part of the Priority Works. The Priority Works are focused on resolving 30 bottlenecks in the road network. The aim of this project is to improve the flow of traffic between Utrecht Lunetten and Veenendaal. This will make the A12 faster, calmer and safer.
The works include, among other things:
- creating extra lanes and rush-hour lanes for a total of 30 kilometres;
- changing five entries and exits;
- updating and adapting infrastructure that crosses the road;
- creating 26 eco-installations, including two wildlife crossings.
At the start of the work, the following were listed as project targets: maximum satisfaction among nearby residents and users of the road, and rapid availability of additional road capacity. Finding the optimum balance of these three ambitions was the challenge for Poort van Bunnik and RWS. Looking back on the implementation, we can see that the targets were, to a large extent, achieved. The style of collaboration was awarded the Nederlandse Bouwpluim foundation’s award for 2013.
Design, Build, Finance and Maintain
RWS awarded the project to Poort van Bunnik (a joint venture involving BAM PPP, BAM Wegen, BAM Civiel and BAM Infratechniek). Poort van Bunnik carried out the design and the road widening works in 2011 and 2012. The contractor is responsible for the management and maintenance of the route until 2032.
AT Osborne activities
AT Osborne was responsible for the project’s risk management, from the phase of preparing contracts up to and including the handover to the management and maintenance organisation. AT Osborne assisted in all the intervening phases of the project by drawing up an inventory, prioritising and managing project risks.
In the contract preparation phase, we drew up the risk register and advised the IPM team on how risk should be shared between principal and contractor. We also advised on the evaluation of the listed risks in the project.
During the implementation phase we provided input to the system-oriented contract management, and worked proactively with the various teams to manage the risks. In doing this, our consultants were important sounding boards for the project managers.