Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) has secured a highway maintenance contract with Lincolnshire County Council worth £217m over six years with an option to extend for a further six.
The firm said it will work with the council to maintain 9,000 kilometres of highways, carriageways and footpaths, as well as delivering winter maintenance and drainage cleansing services.
BBLP will also deliver an ‘Involved Community Investment Programme’ with commitments to social value spend and sustainability initiatives.
These include hiring 90% of the workforce from the local area, as well as creating 63 apprenticeships and 24 graduate placements, ‘furthering Balfour Beatty’s commitment to The 5% Club’, whose members aspire to achieve 5% of their workforce in ‘earn and learn positions’.
Karen Cassar, assistant director of Highways at Lincolnshire, said: ‘The new contract will see significant investment in improved equipment and new technology at highways depots around the county, which will mean better road repairs going forward.
'We also welcome their willingness to use local suppliers and take on apprentices, meaning there will be wider benefits for our communities. We look forward to working with them.’
BBLP managing director, Steve Helliwell, said: 'This latest award is testament to our unrelenting focus on delivering a safe, high quality highways maintenance service across the UK.
‘With our dedicated teams now spanning from Sunderland to Southampton, we look forward to continuing our commitment to creating great places to work, play and stay, leaving a lasting legacy for the communities in which we operate.’
Balfour Beatty Plant and Fleet Services will invest in 54 commercial vehicles including mobile working platforms and traffic management vehicles to assist works.
The contract is due to commence in the spring and 2020 and will employ 180 people.