Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) has been awarded a five-year Highways Services Partnership contract extension by Southampton City Council, taking it through until 2025.
The extension builds on the current 10-year contract, which commenced in October 2010.
The award follows hot on the heels of Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, a 70:30 joint venture, securing a £115m Asset Support Contract extension from Highways England for Area 10 covering Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
The 17-month strategic road network contract extension will run from November 2017 to March 2019. The current Asset Support Contract delivers a 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.
For the Southampton contract, BBLP said it would continue ‘to utilise digital tools, such as drones, laser scanning and BIM, across the city’.
Also as part of the extension, BBLP has pledged in excess of £500,000 investment in local apprenticeships, graduates and those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs), and £100,000 in local suppliers.
Steve Helliwell, managing director, BBLP, said: ‘We have significant experience in the highways industry and are dedicated to identifying new technologies which will benefit Southampton City Council and the city’s residents. We are very pleased with the decision of Southampton City Council to extend our contract, a move which demonstrates the strength of our relationship and quality of works we provide.’
Cllr Jacqui Rayment, cabinet member for environment and transport at Southampton City Council, said the the authority and BBLP had ‘worked well together to ensure the partnership has not only delivered on its key objectives but contributed additional benefits to support economic growth, investment in the local community and customer focused activity above and beyond the original contract requirements’.
In addition to BBLP’s highways contract with Southampton, it also manages the city’s public safety and traffic CCTV cameras through a 10-year contract awarded in 2012. This contract will also be extended until the end of September 2025.