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Fighting Fit: Future-proofing the UK’s defence and security estate

27 November 2017

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today published its paper “Fighting Fit: Delivering Defence and Security Infrastructure for the Future”.

Future-proofing a defence and security estate of a phenomenal size and complexity is a significant challenge. With a substantial shortage in funding and a major reduction in the footprint of the military estate, the UK construction sector must be prepared to address the challenges involved in commissioning the vital infrastructure needed to ensure the country’s operational readiness.

In its latest paper, Balfour Beatty identifies the key points required to move to a different way of working between those responsible for commissioning schemes and the construction and infrastructure industry. 

Balfour Beatty believes that a combination of moving to a partnership model, early contractor engagement, using single contractors and supporting the adoption of new technologies will help deliver significant savings, enabling the delivery of a defence and estate that is fit for the future.

Dean Burgess, Balfour Beatty Managing Director for Build and Defence, said: “Our armed forces depend on high quality infrastructure to support them in their vital tasks in the UK and around the world.

“With defence spending coming under pressure once again, it’s really important that industry and government work together to explore new ways of working to get the most out of every pound spent.”

To read the paper in full, please click here.



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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty is a leading provider of defence infrastructure to the armed forces in the UK and of military housing and federal buildings in the US. Our association with the sector began with our involvement in the airfields used in the 1940 Battle of Britain. In the subsequent decades, we have played a pivotal role in supporting the armed forces by delivering high security infrastructure.

  • In the UK, we have delivered numerous projects through the £700 million Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s (DIO) Next Generation Estates Contract Framework for Capital Works, the Allenby Connaught project for Aspire Defence through which Balfour Beatty has delivered in excess of £110 million of defence infrastructure construction works and through four of the existing Regional Prime Contracts as construction delivery partner.

  • Other significant defence projects include the visiting US Air Forces (USAF) £280 million housing programme for which we were sole framework partner for ten years and £160 million of construction works for Flagship, the Prime Contractor delivering the Royal Navy’s Training Estate Programme, which included the completion of over 1,500 single living accommodation units and the delivery of heavy engineering and cabling works to the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier Alliance (BAE Systems, Thales, Babcock, DE&S).

  • On behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Balfour Beatty has delivered the £150m Ministry of Defence’s Lyneham 1,200 acre training facility, the construction of the new £42m A400M Hangar at RAF Brize Norton and a series of Typhoon relocation projects at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. The company is currently on site at RAF Marham in Norfolk, building engineering and training facilities for the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

  • Balfour Beatty is a proud signatory of the UK’s Armed Forces Covenant (PGold) which includes a number of commitments to the Armed Forces and Reservists. In August 2017 Balfour Beatty received a ‘Gold Award’ under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). Balfour Beatty Group have an internal Armed Forces steering group which includes colleagues who are former members are the Armed Forces. The forum oversees our Covenant commitments and continuously involved with support initiatives which includes BuildForce, the UK initiative to encourage Service Leavers or Veterans make the transition from military life to fulfilling careers in construction.