Balfour adds $billion US consultant to design partnership


Balfour Beatty has added another firm to its Strategic Design Partnership. 

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US engineering consultant Jacobs joins Atkins and Mott MacDonald as Balfour’s latest pre-appointed design partner. 

With around USD$15 billion in annual revenue and some 60,000 employees, Jacobs provides a range of professional services to both public and private sectors, including consulting, technical, scientific, and project delivery.  

Balfour formed its Strategic Design Partnership in 2017 to “reframe the designer-contractor relationship”, particularly for complex construction and infrastructure projects in areas such as Health & Safety (H&S), Sustainability, Social Value, and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). 

The until now two-party Partnership also secured the IS044001 accreditation for collaboration in 2018. 

Jacobs people and places solutions vice president, Bruce Chalmers, said the expanded Strategic Design Partnership will enable closer integration of their collective expertise to “drive efficiencies and co-create value-focused solutions for long-term transformation”. 

He added: “This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of UK infrastructure delivery, putting sustainability and different ways of working at the heart to build better outcomes for society and the environment.” 

Stephen Tarr, Balfour Beatty chief executive officer for major projects, said: “At Balfour Beatty, we truly believe that collaborative partnerships such as the Strategic Design Partnership have the opportunity to revolutionise our industry and must be considered as the vehicle of choice to ensure that projects are procured, designed and delivered safer, faster, better and greener.” 

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