Balfour Beatty has been awarded a six-year £217m contract by Lincolnshire County Council for the maintenance of highways assets, with an option to extend the contract for a further six years.
The deal will see Balfour Beatty’s Living Places team working with the council to provide a safe and sustainable local road network through the maintenance of 9,000km of highways, carriageways and footpaths. The team will also deliver winter maintenance and drainage cleansing services to enhance the condition and reliability of the local roads.
As part of the contract, Balfour Beatty will also deliver an Involved Community Investment Programme, with commitments to social value spend and sustainability initiatives, including hiring 90% of the workforce from the local area as well as creating 63 apprenticeships and 24 graduate placements.
Steve Helliwell, Balfour Beatty Living Places managing director, 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, said: "We're delighted to have Balfour Beatty Living Places on-board. 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."
Works are due to commence in Spring 2020 and will employ a workforce of 180 employees.