Firm preferred bidder on five-year Suffolk county outsourcing deal

Contractor Balfour Beatty has won preferred bidder status on a £200m outsourcing contract to maintain highways for Suffolk County Council.

Balfour Beatty said the awarding of the five year contract was still “subject to formal legal procedures”, but that if approved it would see the firm design and implement highway maintenance and improvement works, winter gritting, street lighting, traffic signals and bridge works throughout the county.

The contractor will be required to achieve savings of £2m in 2013-14 and improve Suffolk’s environmental performance, and will take on 200 staff from Suffolk and Ipswich councils.

If approved, the contract comes into effect from April 1 and has an option to extend to 10 years.

Ian Tyler, Balfour Beatty chief executive, said he was “delighted” over the award. “Once again Balfour Beatty Living Places has shown that it can deliver a high quality service to local authorities at a price that is right for the taxpayer.”