The framework is valued at up to £1.5 billion, runs until February 2019 and individual projects are expected to be valued at up to £40 million.
The national framework is operated by Scape Group – the public sector-owned built environment specialist – and is open to all public sector bodies in the UK. It is the first to provide dedicated support to such a diverse range of projects, with Balfour Beatty providing expertise and resources for civil engineering and infrastructure projects ranging from road repairs, new bridges and coastal defence works to light rail schemes and major road projects.
The framework encourages collaborative working and early contractor involvement so that project design and delivery can be influenced, progressing rapidly to the construction stage, stimulating local jobs and spend and increasing value for the customer.
Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty’s Group Chief Executive said: “Balfour Beatty has significant depth of expertise across the UK in delivering civil engineering projects successfully and through this appointment we will be able to improve delivery for our customers and expand our portfolio of local infrastructure schemes. I am also delighted that we share Scape’s commitment to employ and develop trainees and apprentices in acquiring the skills necessary to build lifelong careers, and to support the local businesses that the infrastructure sector relies on.”