Press Release

Balfour Beatty Living Places and Southampton City Council triumph at the Association for Public Service Excellence awards

19 September 2019


Balfour Beatty Living Places in partnership with Southampton City Council, was recently awarded the Best Public / Private Partnership Working Initiative award at the Association for Public Service Excellence awards.

These awards recognise the very best in local government frontline services across the UK and provide an opportunity for best practice to be shared with other local authorities and organisations.

Balfour Beatty Living Places digitally focused approach led the team to success; identifying, trialling and implementing systems and technological innovations such as 3D laser scanning and BIM to support and enhance the delivery of its Highways service.

The ‘Digital by Design’ initiative has been implemented across its Southampton City Council Highways Services Partnership contract, resulting in improved customer satisfaction, enhanced quality and accessibility of information while also delivering significant cost efficiencies.

Brian Hammersley, Contract Director, Balfour Beatty Living Places, said: “We are delighted to have received the Best Public / Private Partnership Working Initiative award for our considerable efforts to deliver a digitally focused Highways service for Southampton City Council.

“The award is testament to our commitment to driving innovation and embedding new practices across our business and also to our people who work tirelessly to provide an exemplary service for our customers.”

Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport & Place at Southampton City Council, said: “It was fantastic to accept the award for Best Public/Private Partnership Working Initiative on behalf of our highways team. This is well earned recognition of the hard work that staff at both Southampton City Council and Balfour Beatty put in every day to deliver for our residents.”

Balfour Beatty Living Places was awarded a five-year Highways Services Partnership contract extension by Southampton City Council in 2017 following a history of good performance and collaborative working with the local authority. The extension further builds on the 10-year contract which commenced in October 2010, extending it until the end of September 2025.



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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 Living Places works in long-term partnerships with local authorities to create great places to live, work and play. We actively engage with local people to understand the needs of the communities we work in and shape the places where local economies can thrive and grow. As a leader in sustainable working, diversity and social value, we use our expertise to bring real, positive change for our customers. We leave a legacy of connected communities with strong local economies that really work for local people with clean, safe and prosperous streets and social spaces.
  • The business has developed a wealth of experience across the UK. Current projects include a £24 million per annum highways maintenance contract with Warwickshire County Council, a £20.8 million per annum public realm services partnership with Herefordshire Council, and a £10.6 million per annum highways services contract with Southampton City Council. Balfour Beatty Living Places also have a £100 million highways street lighting PFI with Coventry City Council, a £175 million highways street lighting PFI with Sunderland City Council and a £175 million highways street lighting PFI with South Tyneside MB Council.
  • Recently completed Balfour Beatty Living Places projects include the £4 million highway network term maintenance contract on behalf of Wokingham Borough Council, and a £400,000 street lighting maintenance term contract for Wokingham Borough Council.
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