- 30 Jan 2018
FOI reference: FOI/18/00177
Date received: 15 January 2018
Date responded: 30 January 2018
'Under the Freedom of Information act please could I request a full list of all the sub-contractors/suppliers that are or have been involved on the AWPR under the main contractors Aberdeen Roads Limited. These details can be found in the health & safety documents (which is a requirement by law), if you cannot locate the details in house can you please request them direct from the Principle Contractors Aberdeen Roads Limited as they are covered under F.O.I as the principle contractor working on behalf of a government body and it is therefore deemed that any information they hold in relation to this project is held on your behalf.
This request has been made under advise from the commissioner's office.'
As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance Transport Scotland does not have the information you have requested. Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs. Please see below information which is known to Transport Scotland. We do not hold a list of all sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants involved in AWPR/B-T project nor is it held on our behalf by Aberdeen Roads Limited. Aberdeen Roads Limited is not obligated to provide information which is considered to be commercially sensitive.
With regards to your reference to Health and Safety, the design, build, finance and operate contract ,which includes this work, is being delivered by Aberdeen Roads Limited (Balfour Beatty Investments Ltd, Carillion Private Finance (Transport) Ltd and Galliford Try Investments Ltd), who act as Client under the terms of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM). By way of clarifying Transport Scotland's role, Scottish Ministers have delegated their functions, under the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, to a Contracting Authority (Aberdeen City Council) who act as agent to Scottish Ministers. Aberdeen Roads Limited's Principal Contractor is its Construction Joint Venture (CJV). On this basis, Transport Scotland is aware of two principal subcontracts Aberdeen Roads Limited holds:
AWPR Construction Joint Venture comprising Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Carillion Civil Engineering and Galliford Try Infrastructure trading as Morrison, for the design and construction of the New Works required under the AWPR/B-T Project; and
Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering, for operation and maintenance of relevant roads included within the scope of the AWPR/B-T Project.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House