£13.5 million contract for Falkirk’s Helix project awarded

Balfour Beatty will be responsible for installing a new lock, giving canal users a great view of the Kelpies

Balfour Beatty will be responsible for installing a new lock, giving canal users a great view of the Kelpies

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Construction firm Balfour Beatty have won the £13.5 million contract to deliver the Helix project.

The civil engineering company will work to upgrade the 350 hectare community regeneration scheme to transform land between Falkirk and Grangemouth. They secured the deal following a comprehensive tendering process and is the next stage in the £41 million project.

Balfour Beatty will be responsible for delivering a a new lock at the Kelpies - two 30m horse head sculptures - as well as installing a visitors car park, boat turning pool, an under-bridge to the M9 and footpaths.

Mike King, programme director for the Helix project, said: “We were looking for a firm that has the reputation, expertise and experience to deliver this key element of the Helix and Balfour Beatty fit these criteria. Their track record reflects their ability to deliver on time and on budget and we look forward to seeing this stage of the project come together.”

Adam Thomson, regional managing director of Balfour Beatty, added: “Balfour Beatty is delighted to be working on the Helix and to be delivering what will be an important scheme for the town and the wider region.”

As well as bringing visitor to the area, the Helix project aims to increase the number of boats using the Forth and Clyde canal.

Around 12 maintenance jobs will be created when the project is completed in summer 2013.