Balfour Beatty has won a £52 million contract from HS2, to deliver environmental works across the route from West Midlands to Crewe. The contract has been awarded through the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework, to which the company was appointed sole contractor in 2018.
Under the terms of the contract, Balfour Beatty will create a number of new environmental habitats along the 64-kilometre section of Europe's largest infrastructure project, including woodland and wetlands. In addition, the company will plant thousands of trees covering the equivalent of 86 football pitches; more than 18 miles of new hedge rows; and enough grassland meadows to cover 140 football pitches, to encourage wildflowers and insects to flourish.
Having launched its sustainability strategy, Building New Futures, last year, this latest contract award supports Balfour Beatty's ambitious targets of going beyond net zero and positively impacting upon more than one million people by 2040.
Mark Bullock, Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty's UK Construction Services business, said: "Balfour Beatty's contract with HS2 builds on our 'Building New Futures' strategy through which we’re committed to leaving a lasting positive legacy for the communities in which we operate. Our work on the route between Crewe and the West Midlands will build a better, greener future for everyone - through our ongoing and essential work to protect the environment, and our continued focus on providing employment opportunities for local businesses and people."