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Troubled Aberdeen Bypass to be completed before year's end

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Balfour Beatty expects to complete works on the delayed Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route before the end of the year.  

Balfour Beatty has said in a trading update that it expects to finish remaining works on the troubled Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) before the end of 2018. 

The contractor also said its partnership with Galliford Try was continuing a “dialogue” with Transport Scotland was over a commercial agreement. 

Delayed initially from spring to autumn, and then until December, the £745M AWPR suffered from the collapse of Carillion, the hazardous conditions caused by the Beast from the East, and technical issues surrounding the River Don crossing.  

The trading update also said that Balfour Beatty was “expected to achieve industry standard margins in the second half of 2018 in the range of 2-3%” on its UK construction work.  

Balfour Beatty Group chief executive Leo Quinn said: “We are on track to deliver our Build to Last Phase Two goal of achieving industry standard margins in all earnings based businesses in the second half of 2018.  

“The actions we have taken since the start of 2015 have created a strong foundation for the future.  We have consistently invested in our capabilities, systems and leadership while de-risking the business, strengthening the balance sheet and selectively building the order book.” 

In April, New Civil Engineer reported that subcontracted workers downed tools in a dispute with their employer on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.   

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