Balfour Beatty wins £217m highways maintenance contract

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Balfour Beatty Living Places has been awarded a six-year, £217m contract by Lincolnshire County Council for the maintenance of highways assets

Balfour Beatty will work with Lincolnshire Council to provide a safe and sustainable road network through the maintenance of 9,000km of highways, carriageways and footpaths.

To improve the condition and reliability of local roads, the team will also deliver winter maintenance and drainage cleaning services.

Balfour Beatty Plant & Fleet Services will invest in 54 commercial vehicles including mobile working platforms and traffic management vehicles to assist the works.

Involving the community in the highways maintenance scheme

As part of the contract, Balfour Beatty will deliver an Involved Community Investment Programme with commitments to investments in social value and sustainability initiatives. These will include hiring 90% of the workforce from the local area as well as creating 63 apprenticeships and 24 graduate placements. This will help Balfour Beatty’s commitment to The 5% Club.

Balfour Beatty Living Places managing director, Steve Helliwell, said: “This latest award is testament to our unrelenting focus on delivering a safe, high-quality highways maintenance service across the UK.

“With our dedicated teams now spanning from Sunderland to Southampton, we look forward to continuing our commitment to creating great places to work, play and stay, leaving a lasting legacy for the communities in which we operate.”

Karen Cassar, assistant director of highways at Lincolnshire County Council, added: “The new contract will see significant investment in improved equipment and new technology at highways depots around the county, which will mean better road repairs going forward.

“We also welcome their willingness to use local suppliers and take on apprentices, meaning there will be wider benefits for our communities. We look forward to working with them.”

The highways maintenance works are scheduled to start in Spring 2020 and will employ around 180 employees.

There is an option to extend the highways maintenance contract for a further six years.

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