Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces that it has secured a place on two lots - B6 in the South East worth up to £1.1billion, and B8 in the North worth up to £2 billion - on Highways England’s Delivery Integration Partnership Framework. The initial packages of work Balfour Beatty has secured through both lots are worth a total of £425 million with work commencing next year.
This regional six-year framework will see contractors work with Highways England as partners responsible for designing and constructing motorway and major A-road projects across England. Future packages of work over the six year framework will be awarded based on performance.
Balfour Beatty’s digitally-enhanced way of working was instrumental in securing both lots. In collaboration with their design partner, Atkins, Balfour Beatty will utilise BIM to improve efficiencies in delivering works and will also deploy off-site manufacturing techniques. This is a direct result of the Group’s own lean strategy to reduce onsite activity by 25% by the year 2025, driving greater project efficiency and safety and lower waste by moving away from traditional industry methods.
In keeping with its added social value approach, Balfour Beatty will draw on a local supply chain, 40% of which will comprise SMEs. At construction peak, Balfour Beatty will employ 250 people, of which 5% will be apprenticeships, maintaining the Group’s commitment to The 5% Club, and rising to 10% by 2022.
Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, said;
“Balfour Beatty’s deep domain knowledge and unique capability in complex road construction, acquired through many years’ of successful projects for Highways England, make us ideally positioned to support delivery of the UK’s critical national infrastructure to the highest standard.”
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Notes to editors:
- Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 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 & Ireland, US and the Far East. 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 Highways England 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 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 are also currently working in joint venture with VINCI to upgrade 12-miles of the M6 from Junctions 2 to 4 in the Midlands as part of Highways England’s £1.5bn Smart Motorway Programme.
- 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. The team also has extensive experience of using the latest technology to tackle congestion most recently in the completed Manchester Smart Motorway scheme M62 junctions 18-20 and M60 junctions 8-10.