Press Release

Innovation for the Future - Better Delivery of Mega Projects

4 October 2016


Balfour Beatty VINCI, the long-established joint venture between two global infrastructure leaders, today releases its paper 'Innovation for the Future – Better Delivery of Mega Projects'.

The paper is available to read here.

The UK has a number of mega projects in the pipeline, from the new runway in the south east, to the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point and new railways including High Speed 2 and Crossrail 2. Given the scale and importance of these mega projects to the UK, all the key players, including government, contractors and commissioners, need to play their part in ensuring that they are delivered as efficiently as possible.

In 2008, Balfour Beatty and VINCI Construction set up a strategic alliance to deliver major infrastructure projects in the UK. Balfour Beatty VINCI believes that the infrastructure industry must modernise in order to secure its own future. We must be at the forefront of innovation to attract the multi-generational, skilled workforce we need.

Building on its insight and expertise as the leading infrastructure contractors in the UK and France, Balfour Beatty VINCI recommend a move towards a more collaborative approach, where all parties work together to achieve the desired outcome. Innovation has to replace business as usual and become the new normal. To this end, this paper briefly considers how the following areas might evolve in order to deliver this change:

• Enabling contractors to innovate
• Skills
• Technological innovation
• Supply chain engagement

Click here to read the paper in full.


Media enquiries to:
Antonia Walton
Balfour Beatty VINCI
t: +44 (0)207 963 2267
m: +44 (0)7966 929 633

Notes to editors:

Balfour Beatty VINCI represents a powerhouse for critical infrastructure across Rail, transport and other iconic projects in the UK and beyond. Balfour Beatty VINCI’s involvement in groundbreaking Design Build Finance and Operation (DBFO) projects offers a unique end-to-end asset knowledge that is crucial in developing the best solutions to the infrastructure needs of the UK. Balfour Beatty and VINCI started working together over 30 years ago when both were members of the TransManche Link consortium which delivered the Channel Tunnel. Balfour Beatty VINCI has successfully bid and delivered a number of key projects on Crossrail and have recently been awarded a Smart Motorways Programme, starting with an 18km stretch of the M5. As leading infrastructure groups, both Balfour Beatty and VINCI Construction offer opportunities for trainees, apprentices, placement students and graduates as well as sponsored degree opportunities

The work packages include Lot C1, the Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct; Lot C2, the North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley; Lot N1, the Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction/Birmingham Spur; and Lot N2 the Delta Junction to West Coast Main Line Tie-in. In December last year, Balfour Beatty VINCI, a long established joint venture between two global infrastructure leaders recognised for their portfolio of large scale projects, was shortlisted as one of the enabling works contractors in the running to win a share of HS2’s £900m preparatory works. The successful contractors are due to be announced later this year with the enabling work expected to commence in 2017 ahead of the start of major civil engineering works on the first stage of the project between London and the West Midlands.

Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group. With 36,000 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, Middle East and South East Asia. 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 world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

VINCI is a global player in concessions and construction, employing more than 185,000 people in some 100 countries. We design, finance, build and operate infrastructure and facilities that help improve daily life and mobility for all. Because we believe in all-round performance, above and beyond economic and financial results, we are committed to operating in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. And because our projects are in the public interest, we consider that reaching out to all our stakeholders and engaging in dialogue with them is essential in the conduct of our business activities.

Antonia Walton

Head of Corporate Communications

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