UK-based Network Rail has chosen four partners for the delivery of Southern Region’s £9bn estimated renewals portfolio in the next ten years.

These partners include VolkerFitzpatrick, which has been tasked with buildings and civil works, and Octavius for electrification and plant works. VolkerRail will be responsible for track works while Atkins will undertake signalling works.

Part of a new enterprise model based on the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Project 13 principles, this alliance is called Southern Integrated Delivery (SID).

Project 13 is a new delivery model and is defined by five pillars, including the capable owner, governance, integration, organisation and digital transformation.

By taking the support of SID, the Southern Region “seeks to make a transformational change in how renewals work, delivered by merging the capabilities of Network Rail and its supply chain to develop an integrated and coordinated approach to delivery.”

Network Rail Southern region managing director Ellie Burrows said: “I am really excited for the future of project delivery in the Southern Region – the rail industry has consistently demonstrated that when it comes together, it can do amazing things. This transformational step will bring all those ingredients together for the long-term delivery of renewals and make a tangible difference to passengers and freight users alike.”

Last month, Network Rail earmarked £48m for the Station Quarter regeneration project in Peterborough.