Press Release

Patrick McLoughlin visits Balfour Beatty’s Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NNDR) Scheme

4 March 2016


Balfour Beatty and Norfolk County Council welcomed The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, to the route of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NNDR) yesterday (Thursday 3 March). He was pleased with the progress made in preparing for the main start of works later this month.

The Secretary of State visited the line of the road where it passes through the City of Norwich Aviation Museum on the northern perimeter of Norwich International Airport. A number of aircraft will be moved later this month (March) to a new extension of the museum compound, allowing work on the road to proceed. He was also briefed on progress in establishing a Norwich Aviation Academy at the airport.

Commenting on the early work on the NNDR, Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin said:

“I was pleased to see that work is now underway on this important scheme which will help deliver 10,000 new homes and 12,000 jobs. The Norwich Northern Distributor Route will help the economy grow and make journeys better for drivers.

The east of England is central to our long-term economic plan and the area has seen the fastest employment growth in the country outside London since 2010."

Balfour Beatty is the main contractor for the Norwich Northern Distributor Road scheme and has been working on the scheme since it was awarded the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase in 2009.

Phil Ford, Balfour Beatty Project Director said;

“We were thrilled to have Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport visit the NNDR project team yesterday. The new road, once complete will take around 40,000 vehicles a day from congested and unsuitable roads, bringing relief to local communities and Norwich city centre, and at peak construction will employ around 500 people.”

The Secretary of State was briefed on the importance of the road to Norwich International Airport by Richard Pace, Operations Director and General Manager, Norwich International and was able to view plans to convert a nearby hangar into the headquarters of the Norwich Aviation Academy – the first of its kind in the country. Its development is backed by a unique collaboration between employers, education groups, local authorities, New Anglia LEP and Norwich International Airport.                                                     


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Notes to editors:

  • 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.
  • Balfour Beatty is a leading road designer, constructor, asset manager and maintenance provider in the UK. Projects carried out include traditional work through to the more complex design-build-finance-operate (DBFO), smart motorway and Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) schemes.
  • Balfour Beatty’s current portfolio of major road schemes includes the £292m A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, the £745m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and Balmedie/Tipperty project, the £129m M3 J2 to J4a Smart Motorway scheme, the £55m M25 Junction 30 Upgrade Scheme, the £44m A1 Lobley Hill scheme and the 30-year £550 million Aberdeen and North East Scotland road improvement project
  • Norwich Northern Distributor Road, a 20km dual carriageway running from the A47 at Postwick, south-east of Norwich, to the A1067 north-west of the city, is currently the country’s biggest local authority-promoted road building project.
  • It has been brought through its development and approval stages by Norfolk County Council with the backing of the Greater Norwich Growth Board district authorities – Norwich City, Broadland and South Norfolk – and New Anglia LEP.
  • The road is crucial to economic development in and around Norwich. It is the biggest single infrastructure project in both the Greater Norwich Joint Core Strategy and ‘Transport for Norwich’ plans drawn from the Norwich Area Transport Strategy.
  • Balfour Beatty, was awarded the Norwich Northern Distributor Road [NNDR] Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract in 2009, and was confirmed for construction of the road after national funding from the Department for Transport was confirmed in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 25 November 2015.

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