Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded £150 million contract to maintain Wiltshire Highways

4 January 2013


Balfour Beatty, the global infrastructure group announced today that it has been awarded a five-year highway maintenance contract worth £150 million by Wiltshire Council.

The contract, which is due to start on 1 June 2013 covers highway maintenance, grass cutting, grounds maintenance, litter collection and street lighting as well as dealing with winter weather, drainage and bridges. Previously this work had been the responsibility of four different organisations, including an in-house team. Under the new contract all the works will be carried out by Balfour Beatty Living Places, which had previously held only the street lighting contract.

Dick Tonge, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for highways said the council looked forward to working with Balfour Beatty Living Places on ensuring key services which affect the lives of everyone in the county are delivered well by one contractor. Employees who currently carry out these services will be transferred to the new contract.

Ian Tyler, Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty, said: “We are delighted to be able to build on our existing relationship with Wiltshire Council. We have shown once again the breadth of our skills and experience and that we can deliver for local authorities on a wide range of services.”

The decision was announced in a cabinet meeting and remains subject to the formal legal procedures for awarding the contract.   

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Notes to Editors:

1. Balfour Beatty Living Places, created by Balfour Beatty in 2010 to provide more customer focus to our local authority clients, works in partnership to create regeneration strategies, maintain infrastructure and provide local services.  We offer an extensive range of services including customer front and back – office, transactional services, facilities management, managed  services, highways and street lighting maintenance. We are dedicated to delivering effective, efficient, sustainable and customer focused services which will enhance communities and environments for the public.

2. Balfour Beatty ( is a world-class infrastructure group with capabilities in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.

We work in partnership with our customers principally in the UK, continental Europe, the US, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East, who value the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise. 

Key infrastructure markets include transportation (roads, rail and airports); social infrastructure (education, specialist healthcare, and various types of accommodation); utilities (water, gas and power transmission and generation) and commercial (offices, leisure and retail). 

The Group delivers services essential to the development, creation and care of these infrastructure assets including project design, financing and management, engineering and construction, and facilities management services. 

Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world.

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