Balfour lands £297m highways contract

Balfour Beatty has won a £297m highways contract with East Sussex County Council.

The seven-year deal sees the contractor’s Living Places arm take on responsibilities including roads and pavement maintenance and delivery of highway improvement schemes.

A statement from Balfour said it will establish a new control centre in East Sussex to monitor the activities of its teams in real time, track progress of works and “enable data-driven decision making to drive efficiencies across the network”.

Earlier this year Construction News highlighted how the contractor uses data to improve its operations, including to save fuel in cases where operatives let engines idle too long.

In a statement on the latest contract award, Balfour Beatty Living Places managing director Steve Helliwell said: “Our dedicated team of professionals will seek to introduce new technologies and innovative solutions wherever we can, helping us to create great places to work, live and play, whilst also leaving behind a lasting positive legacy for the communities in East Sussex.”

East Sussex County Council lead for transport Claire Dowling said: “This new contract has undergone extensive scrutiny to ensure it reflects the feedback we receive on our highways work and that it builds on the successes of the current contract and is fit for purpose for our residents and communities.”

Balfour demonstrated it could deliver on both highways work and in cutting carbon emissions, she added.

The contract is scheduled to start in spring 2023. It is set to last for an initial seven years and includes an option to extend it for a further seven.

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