Balfour Beatty secures £124m Wokingham highways project


Balfour Beatty has been selected by Wokingham Borough Council to deliver the £124m Major Highways Programme.

The four-year contract has been awarded under the National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework of Scape Group.

Under the National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework, public sector clients can commission works through a procurement process that provides the fastest route to market and makes use of early contractor engagement to deliver the better solutions for clients.

Balfour is the sole contractor on the £1.5bn, four-year framework.

The Wokingham works include planning, designing and construction of nine road schemes in Wokingham and four development roads that will provide access to 12,000 new housing units in the region.

The project is aimed at reducing congestion, improving accessibility and delivering the infrastructure required to support the future of Wokingham Borough.

Balfour Beatty and Wokingham Borough Council have jointly worked under the Scape National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework since October 2015, enabling Balfour to participate in the development of the scheme.

Works are due to commence in January 2018.

During the construction, the project will provide employment to more than 150 persons, including multiple apprenticeship and graduate opportunities.

Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Services CEO Dean Banks said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to construct the Major Highways Programme in Wokingham.

“We have a wealth of experience in delivering significant highways schemes across the UK and this contract award is yet another testament not only to our in-house engineering capabilities, but to our clients’ confidence in our ability to deliver.”

Wokingham Borough Council executive member for strategic highways and planning Councillor David Lee said: “We are committed to providing the roads and other infrastructure necessary to accompany the homes coming to Wokingham borough and this contract is a massive milestone toward that.

“Our residents can be fully confident that these vital roads will be built and will help us control congestion and keep the borough moving.”

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