Balfour Beatty Living Places win £297m East Sussex highways and infrastructure framework

Balfour Beatty Living Places has been awarded a seven-year highways and infrastructure contact with a value of £297m.

Terms of the new contract, by East Sussex County Council, will see Balfour Beatty Living Places deliver infrastructure services and maintenance of highway assets across the country.

Balfour Beatty Living Places will work together with the council to maintain the country’s highways and infrastructure, including roads, pavements, streetlights, drainage, bridges, and traffic lights – whilst also providing winter gritting and improvement schemes.

Steve Helliwell, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Living Places said: “This latest award builds on our longstanding expertise and commitment to providing best-in-class highways and infrastructure maintenance services across the UK.

“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.”

Cllr Claire Dowling, the county council’s Lead Member for Transport and Environment said: “It is vital for our residents and our economy that our road network is well-maintained, and work carried out is of the right quality.

“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.

She added: “As well as demonstrating that this could be achieved, Balfour Beatty Living Places also showed how its activities would align with our ongoing efforts to reduce our carbon emissions and how its actions would benefit the communities of East Sussex through its social value plan, including training, apprenticeships and community projects and events.

“Balfour Beatty Living Places has a lot of experience with highways maintenance and major infrastructure projects, delivering services with a number of councils across the country and we look forward to working with them in East Sussex.”

The contract is due to begin Spring 2023 and has an option to extend by another 7 years, based on successful delivery which will bring the total value to £730m.