Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded place on National Defence Framework for Capital Works

17 December 2013


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded a place on the National Capital Works Framework for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to design and build up to £400 million worth of large-scale Ministry of Defence construction projects across the UK.

Balfour Beatty joined a special ceremony at the DIO in the West Midlands last Friday, 13 December, to sign ‘Partnering Charters’ which set out a number of principles and behaviours that are intended to promote effective joint working.

Balfour Beatty is one of five contractors to be awarded a place on the framework which has a total value of up to £400 million over an initial four-year period, with the option to extend for up to three years. Each individual project will be valued up to £50 million.

The National Capital Works Framework will operate alongside six regional frameworks and can be utilised at any defence site across the UK allowing for the delivery of a diverse range of high value, technically complex construction projects, and projects that require delivery across regional boundaries.

The framework will introduce the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to Ministry of Defence construction projects. Balfour Beatty is a leading practitioner in this area and through its dedicated BIM ‘Centre of Excellence’ and technology partnerships with Autodesk and Bentley, is already providing support to the BIM standards required by government from 2016 to nearly sixty live projects across the UK.

Andrew Manley, Defence Infrastructure Organisation Chief Executive, said: “For the Armed Forces to live, work and train effectively on the military estate, the DIO is putting in place an agile new suite of contracts under Next Generation Estate Contracts. The Capital Works Frameworks provide for ever improving value for money, competitive tension and the ability to meet the demand of future requirements across the UK defence estate. Defence Transformation under the Strategic Defence and Security Review is driving major change and modernisation and we will be looking to our industry partners for their support by sharing their expertise with DIO service delivery staff as the programme moves forward and project requirements are identified.”

Bob Clark, Balfour Beatty Executive Director, said: “It is a tremendous privilege to be appointed to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s National Capital Works Framework. We are committed to continuous improvement and have a proud track record of delivering major defence projects including the £280 million USAF housing framework for visiting US forces and the £160 million Flagship programme delivering the Royal Navy’s Training Estate Programme, and we are looking forward to working with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation over the duration of this framework as well. Balfour Beatty has a long-established reputation for providing a leading service on frameworks and is currently a contractor on nearly a dozen major frameworks across the UK.”

Balfour Beatty’s position on this national framework follows last month’s appointment to the DIO Regional Framework for Capital Works Projects for East Midlands and Eastern England, valued at £250 million and last week’s joint venture contract award for the new £121 million Defence College of Technical Training at the former RAF Lyneham airbase.


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Notes to editors:

1.  Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) formed in 1 April 2011 from the former Defence Estates (DE) organisation together with other property and infrastructure functions. It is responsible for managing and maintaining land and properties to meet the current and future needs of the MOD and personnel at home and abroad, and to support current operations.  DIO’s work includes supporting operational units by providing and improving single living and service family accommodation; training areas and historic military sites. DIO actively manages these to ensure the needs of Defence are met, value for money is achieved, and its heritage is protected, and to achieve its environmental goals. DIO manages the MOD’s property infrastructure and ensures strategic management of the Defence estate as a whole. Find out more about the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

2.  Projects on the DIO framework above £50 million will be considered under other procurement options, including stand-alone contracts or Private Finance Initiatives. When project requirements are identified as suitable for delivery through the Framework, the five companies will be invited to engage in ‘mini-competitions’, tendering for design and build solutions.

3.  Balfour Beatty is one of the UK’s leading providers of defence infrastructure to the armed forces in the UK. Our current defence sector activity includes our framework appointment to the £250 million Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s (DIO) Regional Framework for Capital Works Projects for East Midlands and Eastern England,  the Allenby Connaught PFI for Aspire Defence through which Balfour Beatty has delivered in excess of £110 million of defence infrastructure construction works and our construction delivery partner position on four of the existing Regional Prime Contracts as a Tier 1 supplier for special purpose vehicles - Debut (Babcock/ Lend Lease) in the South West, Babcock Dyncorp in the East, PriDe (Interserve/SEC) in the South East and Turner Estates Solutions  for Scotland. Other significant defence projects Balfour Beatty has delivered in the UK include the visiting US Air Forces (USAF) £280 million housing programme for which we were sole framework partner for ten years and £160 million of construction works for Flagship, the Prime Contractor delivering the Royal Navy’s Training Estate Programme, which included the completion of over 1,500 single living accommodation units.

4.  Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland construction business ( is a leading integrator of complex, sophisticated and innovative projects that improve the UK’s and Ireland’s national infrastructure and an experienced provider of local and regional projects that help build lasting communities.

We offer a broad range of capabilities in construction, civil engineering and mechanical & electrical engineering services.

With offices throughout the UK and Ireland, we deliver a locally-focused service with the support of our national network of expertise and resources.

Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland construction business employs 10,000 people.

5.  Balfour Beatty ( is a global infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance.

Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK, the US, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. We continue to develop our business in key growth markets in South Africa, Australia, Canada, Brazil and India.

With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors include transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, mining, water and social infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.

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