Balfour Beatty Plc (LON:BBY), the international infrastructure group, today announced 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.”