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Integrated delivery team delivers success: Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Living Places features in Highways Magazine

18 July 2019


Balfour Beatty Living Places Managing Director, Steve Helliwell, is featured in Highways Magazine discussing how a close collaborative relationship between Balfour Beatty Living Places and Southampton City Council resulted in the reconstruction of Millbrook Roundabout three weeks ahead of schedule, with minimal disruption to local communities and the travelling public.

Millbrook Roundabout, located at the entrance to the Port of Southampton’s Dock Gate 20, represents the leading vehicle handling port, and second largest container port, in the UK. With 36,000 vehicles and 3,000 lorries travelling through the area daily, Millbrook Roundabout is a key route for both the regional and UK economies.

Steve discusses how, through a process of early contractor involvement, close collaboration between client and contractor and an expert local supply chain, Balfour Beatty Living Places was able to closely plan traffic management in order to minimise disruption to the local community and travelling public.

In doing so, the fully reconstructed Millbrook Roundabout was opened three weeks ahead of schedule and to budget.

Speaking of his experience, Steve said: “By bringing together multiple, expert supply chain partners, all working together as one delivery team, we have delivered a tailored solution which achieved positive outcomes for Southampton City Council and the wider region.”

Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport and Place at Southampton City Council, said: “I can’t overstate just how important the success of this project was to Southampton, for our residents, commuters, visitors, businesses and the port.

“This was a much-needed and complete reconstruction of one of the busiest and most strategically important parts of the road network in the region.

“The fact that it was carried out so smoothly and without incident is testament to the hard work of all the teams involved on behalf of the partnership, both for Balfour Beatty Living Places and at Southampton City Council. We are working together to secure a sustainable and successful future for the city.”

To read the article in full, please click here.



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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 £24m per annum highways maintenance contract with Warwickshire County Council, a £20.8m per annum public realm services partnership with Herefordshire Council, and a £10.6m per annum highways services contract with Southampton City Council. Balfour Beatty Living Places also have a £100m highways street lighting PFI with Coventry City Council, a £175m highways street lighting PFI with Sunderland City Council and a £175m highways street lighting PFI with South Tyneside MB Council.
  • Recently completed Balfour Beatty Living Places projects include the £4m 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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