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Edinburgh Trams to Newhaven wins national GO Excellence Award


Our Edinburgh Trams York Place to Newhaven project has won the Infrastructure or Capital Project Award at the Go Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.

As part of a joint venture, Sacyr, Farrans and Neopul (SFN) is delivering the main Infrastructure & Systems Contract for the City of Edinburgh Council.

This is the fourth Go Excellence award that Farrans has won following 2020 awards for excellence in procurement, winning the ‘Social Value’ Award for Altnagelvin North Wing Redevelopment and ‘Infrastructure or Capital Project of the Year’ for the A6 Dualling Scheme project. In 2021 the company won the Social Value Award for its contribution to the local area during the build of South Lake Leisure Centre.

Since 2002, the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards have showcased those organisations leading the way in public procurement best practice across all UK nations.

The UK National GO Awards recognise the achievement and successes of all involved in the delivery of  public sector services from across the UK, whether from the public, private or third sectors.

As public sector procurement and its associated supply chain continue to evolve, the UK National GO Awards remain a vital and powerful benchmark of progress and development.

Hannah Ross, Senior Responsible Officer for the project from the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

‘The Trams to Newhaven team were delighted to be recognised at the GO Awards on 1 June.  We worked hard at the start of the project to build a procurement strategy that would underpin the successful delivery of the project, across the procurement and project teams at the Council and together with our advisors. The relationships that were developed from the outset meant that all partners worked closely and constructively to manage the complex commercial, programme and reputational issues as they arose.

‘The project helps deliver against the economic, social and environment aspirations of Edinburgh including promoting equality, reducing poverty and delivering a sustainable city. The introduction of a high capacity, reliable tram will sustainably serve one of the most densely populated parts of the city, improving connectivity to and from the waterfront, promote further economic development in Leith, helping to deliver more jobs and housing. In addition, enhanced public realm and cycling provision delivers on the city’s place making agenda.’