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Balfour wins flood defence scheme worth up to £250M

Balfour Beatty has secured a 10-year deal to work on flood defences along the Thames Estuary.

The contractor was appointed as civil contractor for the Environment Agency’s Thames Estuary Asset Management Programme.

It will work directly for CH2M Hill and the programme is expected to be worth £250M to Balfour.

The contractor will deliver projects on the tidal flood defences along the 170km length of the Thames Estuary, which protect more than 1M people from flooding. 

Work will include creating tidal walls and embankments; refurbishing active assets, including major flood barriers; creating new assets such as pumping stations; and replacements.

A number of specialist suppliers will play a part in the programme.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn said: “We look forward to being part of an integrated team that will deliver this vital programme along the Thames Estuary.

“Balfour Beatty is bringing significant expertise in flood defence to protect one of the world’s greatest cities from the sea. And, with our partners, we will offer long-term, skilled, opportunities to the next generation of civil engineers.”

Individual projects worth up to £10M each are expected to be awarded from the third quarter of this year.

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