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A63 improvement scheme in Hull awarded to Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty to deliver £75M Highways Agency scheme.

Balfour Beatty’s UK construction team has announced the successful bid of a £75M Highway Agency contract. The A63 Improvement Scheme in Hull will see work carried out on Castle Street under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) design and build contract. 

Journey times for road users in the centre of Hull will be significantly improved when 1.5 kilometre of the road is upgraded, including a conversion of a major interchange into a split level junction with two-lane dual carriageway which will carry east-west traffic below north-south traffic in a new 400m underpass. 

Two new bridges will be constructed as part of the scheme which will link the the south and north of the city for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled users. 

Balfour Beatty will manage details design and development and assist with statutory consultations for the improvements under the ECI. If consultations are successful they will enable the scheme construction to begin in 2016/17. 

ECI contracts have been used on several occasions by the Highways Agency, enhancing the value for money of its schemes through start to finish, the responsibility for contractors and allowing for the continuous engagement with local communities and earlier resolution of environmental and design issues when compared to traditional contracts. 

Nicholas Pollard, Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK Chief Executive Officer said “This award to improve journey times on the main route through Hull builds upon our 20 year portfolio of work for the Highways Agency and our extensive experience of successful delivery of ECI contracts including the recent A3 Hindhead Tunnel and A46 Newark to Widmerpool projects through which we were able to deliver substantial cost efficiencies to the Highways Agency.”