Balfour Beatty wins £130M lorry park contract in UK

WCN Editorial Team 27 May 2016 EUROPE

Balfour Beatty has won a £130M contract from Highways England for the construction of a planned lorry area near the M20 in Kent, England.

The scope of the contact will involve the development of the proposals during the early contractor involvement (ECI) phase of the project and will also cover the construction of the lorry area subject to a decision to proceed from the UK government.  

The company will use latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach to deliver the project that is part of the overall £250M lorry area announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in late 2015.

The project will have a capacity to accommodate about 3,600 lorries and is expected to provide a relief to the Kent road network when services across the English Channel are disrupted and lorries are unable to travel to the continent.

Balfour Beatty Group CEO Leo Quinn said: “Balfour Beatty’s expertise in major infrastructure projects and long standing relationship with Highways England will be crucial for the safe and successful delivery of this project.

“The M20 lorry area will provide much needed relief to Kent’s road networks while supporting local economic growth and development.”

The project is expected to create up to 150 jobs during peak construction and is anticipated to be partially open by mid-2017.

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