Press Release

Balfour Beatty and its partners commended for collaborative approach

30 May 2019


Balfour Beatty today announces that its Strategic Design Consultant Partnership (SDCP) and its Highways Delivery Community (HDC) have achieved the ISO44001 international accreditation for collaboration.

The SDCP is formed of Balfour Beatty, Atkins, Mott MacDonald and WSP while the HDC brings together Balfour Beatty, Chevron, Hanson, HW Martin, Tarmac, Atkins and Aggregate Industries.

The IS044001 accreditation is the first international standard of its nature and helps organisations build and develop effective competitive business relationships based upon a collaborative approach.

Rather than being driven by contractual obligation, the SDCP and HDC communities are driven by a mutual desire to influence and change the industry.

The SDCP partnership brings together designers and engineers from four companies to encourage a new level of openness, collaboration and innovation not previously seen within the construction industry while simultaneously creating a new and smarter way of working to deliver safer and more efficient solutions.

The HDC partnership harnesses the knowledge and expertise of leading highways experts to deliver innovative, new solutions; providing specialist, reliable, sustainable and creative advice with a focus on safety, efficiency and quality.

The SDCP and HDC will utilise the ISO44001 accreditation framework to explore and implement new ways of working across the industry; sharing resources, opportunities and successes to generate efficiencies, increase safety and deliver value for customers.

Catherine Crespin, Balfour Beatty’s Group Head of Customer Experience, said: “This is a great achievement for our SDCP and HDC partnerships and testament to their continuous drive to improve collaborative working across the industry.  

“Through these collaborative new working methods, we will realise new innovative solutions which will deliver maximum value for our customers while enhancing our performance through improved processes and working methods.”

The IS044001 international framework follows from the British Standard BS11000, for which Balfour Beatty was accredited in 2013. The BS11000 evolved into the international standard IS044001 in 2010 with Balfour Beatty being named the first company to achieve certification across its business, in 2018.


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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 26,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK, US and Hong Kong. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • Balfour Beatty’s highways business designs, constructs and manages many of the UK’s major highways. The business also delivers complex Design Build Finance Operate and Early Contractor Involvement schemes.
  • Through constant innovation and the use of cutting-edge technology, Balfour Beatty supports clients to deliver optimal highways experiences to the travelling public, better connecting communities and creating more reliable and safer journeys. From project conception through to completion, Balfour Beatty has a continued focus on future proofing its schemes. This includes creating smart motorways and preparing routes to welcome autonomous vehicles.
  • Current projects include Balfour Beatty’s £292m construction contract to widen a critical and complex 10-mile stretch of the existing A14, as part of Highways England’s £1.5bn A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. The team also has extensive experience of using the latest technology to tackle congestion and is working towards the completion of Manchester Smart Motorway scheme M62 junctions 18-20 and M60 junctions 8-10.
  • Recently completed Highways schemes include the £70m dualling scheme to upgrade a 2.5 mile section of the A21 in Kent from single to dual carriageway. The project has delivered a safer and more streamlined route for the travelling public, also supporting the local economy in this area of Kent.

Vivienne Dunn

Senior Media & PR Manager