£176m highways maintenance contract awarded to Balfour Beatty

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Balfour Beatty Living Places has been awarded an eight-year, £176m highways maintenance contract by Buckinghamshire Council

As per the £176m highways maintenance contract, Balfour Beatty Living Places will work alongside Buckinghamshire Council to provide a safe and resilient local road network, maintaining over 5,000 kilometres of highways, carriageways, footpaths, and cycle routes.

It will also deliver winter maintenance services, as well as the operation and maintenance of the county’s street lighting and key community assets including gullies and traffic signals.

Steve Helliwell, managing director of Balfour Beatty Living Places, said:

“Today’s announcement builds on our longstanding expertise and commitment to providing best-in-class highways maintenance services, whilst offering customer-focused solutions in a collaborative partnership.

“Wherever we operate, we go above and beyond for our customers with an unrelenting focus on leaving a lasting positive legacy for the communities we serve; working with local supply chain partners whilst also creating numerous apprenticeship and graduate opportunities.”

Balfour Beatty will use innovation solutions to drive down carbon emissions during maintenance works

Innovative solutions and materials such as reused rubber asphalt will be used when laying new road surfaces to drive down carbon emissions and reduce waste.

The installation of electric charging points at its depots to facilitate its electric vehicle fleet, in line with Balfour Beatty’s sustainability strategy, “Building New Futures” will also be implemented.

An ‘Operational Efficiency Hub’ will monitor works in real-time

An ‘Operational Efficiency Hub’ will be established to monitor all activities in real-time, track progress of works and capture data.

Councillor Steven Broadbent, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport said:

“We are pleased that, after a rigorous selection process, Balfour Beatty Living Places will be working with Buckinghamshire Council to provide a new model of highways services that meets our aspirations for a faster and more responsive service to best meet the needs of residents and road users.

“With their impressive track record of managing contracts of this nature, we are keen to embrace their expertise and experience, whilst realising their delivery of innovation and quality onto our network.

“We know how important the condition of our roads and footpaths is for local residents and this new contract will allow us to map out a detailed strategic plan for the future.

“We are focused on channelling our resources into making lasting improvements, whilst at the same time standing by our commitment to cut our carbon emissions and take the lead in adopting new and innovative techniques that achieve value for money.”

50% of spends will be made with local businesses

Balfour Beatty Living Places will dedicate 50% of its spend to local businesses and will ensure a minimum of 5% of its workforce comprises of graduates, apprentices and trainees – as part of its commitment to The 5% Club. 

The contract commences on 1st April 2023 and will run for eight years, with the option to extend the contract for a further four years.

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