Balfour Beatty to build new UK Search and Rescue bases
1:29pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
BRISTOW Helicopters Ltd has appointed Balfour Beatty as its infrastructure delivery partner to support the development of its UK Search and Rescue service.
As the main contractor, the company will now begin outsourcing various aspects of the building works to local contractors in the communities in which the bases will be established.
The contract, worth in excess of £40m will see Balfour Beatty delivering infrastructure projects at nine sites across the UK between 2014 and 2017 including the construction of seven new build search and rescue helicopter bases at commercial airports including one at St Athan.
At the forefront of sustainability, the new helicopter bases include a raft of environmental technologies including PV solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems.
Bristow Helicopters was awarded the ten-year UK Search and Rescue contract by the Department for Transport in March 2013 and is due to take over the service on behalf of the MCA from April 2015.
Construction is due to commence in early 2014 with developments continuing until early 2017.