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Wokingham Borough Council sign a £124m Highways Programme


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The four-year package of works will include the planning, design and construction of nine vital road schemes in Wokingham, as well as four strategic development roads providing access to 12,000 new housing units in the region. These vital works aim to alleviate congestion, enhance accessibility and deliver the infrastructure required to support the successful future of Wokingham Borough.

We are committed to providing the roads and other infrastructure necessary to accompany the homes coming to Wokingham borough and this contract is a massive milestone toward that. Our residents can be fully confident that these vital roads will be built and will help us control congestion and keep the borough moving.

Cllr David Lee, WBC Executive Member for Strategic Highways and Planning

We have worked in collaboration with Wokingham Borough Council and delivery partner Balfour Beatty under the SCAPE National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework since October 2015. Early engagement has enabled Balfour Beatty to fully participate in the development of the scheme, mitigate risks and ultimately provide the council with the most cost-effective solution.

Works are due to commence this month. At construction peak the programme will employ over 150 individuals, including multiple apprenticeship and graduate opportunities.

Balfour Beatty is the sole contractor on our four-year SCAPE National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework, delivering projects of up to £1.5 billion. The framework allows public sector clients to commission works through a procurement process that provides the fastest route to market and utilises early contractor engagement to deliver the best value solutions for clients. Not only this, but with social value embedded throughout, we are helping to deliver real benefits to our clients and the communities they serve.

We are delighted to have been appointed to construct the Major Highways Programme in Wokingham. We have a wealth of experience in delivering significant highways schemes across the UK and this contract award is yet another testament not only to our in-house engineering capabilities, but to our clients’ confidence in our ability to deliver.

Dean Banks, Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty UK Constructions Services