Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, a 70:30 joint venture between two of Britain's most established construction and consultancy companies, has secured a £115 million Asset Support Contract extension from Highways England to continue its service delivery for Area 10 covering Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
The 17-month contract extension will run from November 2017 to March 2019. This will recognise five years’ continuous improvement of Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald’s asset management, renewals and network enhancement scheme delivery, and highways maintenance throughout the Northwest of England.
The current Asset Support Contract delivers a full range of service delivery and maintenance activities, including 24/7 incident response, to ensure the safe operation of the 570km Highways England Strategic Road Network within Area 10.
Phil Clifton, Executive General Manager of Balfour Beatty’s Major Projects Highways business, said: “We have an in-depth knowledge of Highways England’s Strategic Road Network with a proven ability to manage Area 10 effectively. Since the contract commenced in 2012, we are delighted to have successfully delivered over 500 Highways England renewal and improvement schemes, offering a positive customer experience and improved journeys for road users.”
Richard Chinn, Mott MacDonald’s highways director said: “We are extremely pleased to have secured this contract extension which is a reflection of the commitment shown by the Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald team, building strong working relationships with Highways England colleagues to ensure customers who use the Strategic Road Network in the North West of England receive a service that we are all proud to be associated with.”
Alan Shepherd, Highways England’s North West director, said: “The North West has some of the busiest roads in the country so it is vital drivers experience safe, smooth and reliable journeys. I look forward to continuing to work with Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald over the next year and a half as our main contractor for maintenance and improvement schemes in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and part of Lancashire.”
The contract extension will enable Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald to employ a further four apprentices within the project’s Maintenance and Response teams, joining the seven current Balfour Beatty apprentices, three graduates and four Mott MacDonald graduates already employed across the contract.