Balfour Beatty will deliver the first phase of the Perth Transport Futures project after securing the £35 million contract.
The firm will create a new junction on the A9 dual carriageway and a link road to allow access to development land at Bertha Park to the west of the city. The project will create around 100 jobs and provide apprenticeship opportunities.
The contract was awarded by Perth and Kinross Council under the Scape Group’s National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Framework. This is the first of four phases of the Perth Transport Futures project which aims to “alleviate congestion, enhance accessibility to the city and unlock £500 million of economic growth for the local economy”.
Hector Macaulay, Balfour Beatty regional managing director in Scotland said, “We are really pleased to have been awarded this key contract and to be a part of the exciting development plans in Perth & Kinross. We have a vast wealth of experience in delivering significant highway infrastructure schemes across Scotland including locally on the A9, A90 and the M90.
“Through the Scape framework we have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Council at an early stage, and ultimately provide Perth and Kinross Council with price certainty and best value. Furthermore, delivery of this project will provide significant opportunities for local sub-contractors and suppliers, ensuring that the Perth and Kinross community not only benefits from greatly improved infrastructure, but also from the added economic benefit delivered through this scheme.”
Councillor John Kellas, Convener of Enterprise & Infrastructure for Perth & Kinross Council, added, “Residents, visitors and businesses in and around the city will all benefit from this scheme, with the improved junction and new link road allowing a better flow of both local and through traffic, and improvements to the air quality in the city centre. Providing a second major access to Inveralmond will also provide relief on the network at peak times when the high levels of traffic using Inveralmond roundabout can cause significant tailbacks.”
Work is expected to start in September and be complete in Spring 2019.