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Balfour Beatty consortium appointed preferred bidder for circa £745m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/ Balmedie-Tipperty Project

12 June 2014

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announces today that it is part of a consortium which has been selected as preferred bidder for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty Project. All interested parties should record their interest via the Contact page in the first instance."


The Connect Roads consortium, comprising Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Galliford Try, has been selected as preferred bidder for the design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) contract to deliver the project for Transport Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils.


Balfour Beatty will invest up to £20 million, which represents a one third share of the sponsor’s investment requirement, with Carillion and Galliford Try also investing one third each. The project is being procured under the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) model and work is expected to be underway later this year with completion expected in spring 2018.


The project, which is estimated to be in the region of £745 million, includes the design and construction of 46km of new dual carriageway between Stonehaven and Charleston in the south, and Blackdog in the north, and a further 12 km of upgraded existing dual carriageway between Blackdog and Tipperty. The contract also includes the construction of 40 kilometres of new side roads, 30 kilometres of access tracks and 72 new structures, including two significant focal point bridges over the rivers Dee and Don.


Construction activities will be conducted by Balfour Beatty’s UK construction business, Carillion and Galliford Try in an equal joint venture.


In 2018, once the construction is complete, the trunk road assets will be managed and maintained by Balfour Beatty on behalf of Connect Roads for 30 years.


Balfour Beatty has a strong presence in the transport market across the UK and has significant experience of strategic road improvement contracts in Scotland, including the M77/Glasgow South Orbital DBFO and the M74 completion. Through Scotland TranServ, it is also responsible for the management and maintenance of trunk roads in the south west of Scotland, including the major River Clyde crossings at the Kingston and Erskine bridges.


Steve Marshall, Balfour Beatty Executive Chairman, said: “We are delighted to be appointed preferred bidder with our consortium partners to deliver this major construction contract, the largest NPD project to be undertaken to date. Balfour Beatty has a strong Scottish heritage and together with Transport Scotland and both Aberdeen Councils, we will use our expertise to complete this long-awaited scheme that will provide substantial benefits to the city of Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland. This appointment underlines our commitment to investment in infrastructure in the UK.”

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