Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has today announced that its LivingPlaces business has been selected as the preferred partner by North Tyneside Council to provide business services, which incorporates finance, procurement, revenues and benefits, ICT, Customer Services and Human Resources. The contract is expected to be worth in excess of £200m over 15 years.
Terry Woodhouse, Managing Director, Balfour Beatty LivingPlaces said: “Balfour Beatty is delighted to have been awarded preferred partner status for the Business Services partnership for North Tyneside Council. We already have existing partnerships with over 20 local authorities nationwide, offering similar services and we are dedicated to providing effective, efficient and sustainable services to customers in an environment committed to flexibility, innovation and staff development.
“The Balfour Beatty Group already has a strong presence in the North East with nearly 2000 employees located in the region. Many of them are delivering very similar services to those we will be providing for the North Tyneside Business Services partnership.”
North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Mrs Linda Arkley said: “The partnership with external providers is the best solution for the council, its taxpayers, its staff and the borough. The partnership options we have selected are by far the most advantageous for North Tyneside. They will enable the council to invest in services, safeguard employee jobs and deliver further growth and investment for the borough, as well as achieve the stringent efficient targets we have set.”
The decision is subject to further processes set down by European procurement guidelines.
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Notes to Editors:
1. Balfour Beatty LivingPlaces, 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 (www.balfourbeatty.com) 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, local authorities 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.