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Balfour Beatty set to protect Scarborough’s coastline through delivery of £13.4 million slope stabilisation scheme

15 May 2018


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded a £13.4 million contract by Scarborough Borough Council to stabilise the cliffs behind Scarborough’s historic Spa building.

The scheme will see piling along the rear of the Spa complex with almost horizontal drainage to address the deep seated failure of the slope, soil reinforcement and re-grading of the slope to overcome shallow and medium seated instabilities.

Stephen Semple, Balfour Beatty Managing Director for North & Midlands East Delivery Unit, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Scarborough Spa Slope Stabilisation Scheme contract by Scarborough Borough Council.

“We have extensive coastal protection experience and have successfully completed numerous cliff stabilisation schemes.

“We look forward to commencing works which will strengthen and improve the slopes below the Esplanade and behind the historic Scarborough Spa, through on-going collaboration with Scarborough Borough Council and our integrated delivery team.”

Cllr Mike Cockerill, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Project Leadership, Harbours, Coast and Flood Protection said: “I am delighted that following finalisation of the contract with Balfour Beatty, a date has been set for the scheme to start. This is a major engineering project and the works are critical to reducing the risk of a deep seated landslip damaging or destroying properties located within the immediate South Cliff area.”

Balfour Beatty is set to commence initial ground investigations on 21 May, with the project due to complete by Christmas 2019.


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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( 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 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 has a long and proud history working in the North and Midlands, delivering innovative infrastructure and build projects and supporting growth across the region. The company has proven expertise across multiple sectors including highways, education, flood & coastal defence, and of working with local authorities through the Scape National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework along with other regional and national frameworks.
  • Our portfolio of current projects includes the delivery of two contracts for HS2 worth a combined total of c.£2.5billion, The University of Manchester’s £287m Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), representing one of the largest capital developments ever undertaken by a UK higher education institution, and sections of the Manchester Smart Motorways scheme for Highways England. We are also delivering an £85m automotive research facility for the University of Warwick in Coventry, the £53m Rossall coastal defence scheme for Wyre Council, which forms part of the UK’s largest coastal defence programme, and the New Cross Student Development in Manchester which will feature 274 student apartments.
  • Completed projects include the £50m ‘Diamond’ building at the University of Sheffield, the £14m mechanical and electrical services for the new National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester and a £22.5m new teaching and lecture space at Sheffield Hallam University. Balfour Beatty has also recently completed the £27m Anchorsholme coastal defence scheme on behalf of Blackpool Council, and the Gateshead District Energy Centre, one of the North East region’s first energy centres, which will generate and supply heat and power for homes, businesses and public buildings across Gateshead Town Centre.
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