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Balfour Beatty wins £43m Bristol housing deal

Balfour Beatty has bagged a £43m contract to build the second phase of a housing development in Bristol.

The contractor was picked by developers Umberslade and Muse for the Wapping Wharf scheme, which will deliver 260 homes just south of the city centre.

Balfour’s work will comprise two residential blocks, four retail units, a ground-level car park and landscaping for the new homes.

The contract will also see the firm restore the 19th century Grade II-listed Gaol Gate and Gaol Wall, which will act as an entrance to the development.

The developers have been given £23.4m in funding from Homes England to kick-start the scheme as part of the government’s Home Building Fund.

The £3bn Home Building fund provides financial support to private developers building new homes or preparing housing sites.

Balfour Beatty has been working with Wapping Wharf’s developers since 2017 to prepare the design, methodology and logistics of the project.

Work will start next month and is expected to complete in 2020. More than 250 people will work on the scheme at the peak of construction.

Balfour Beatty’s regional managing director for the South of England Jonathan Winter said: “There has been significant interest from the local community in the redevelopment of this historic part of the iconic Floating Harbour.

“We have significant experience and knowledge of the local supply chain and [of] delivering residential schemes in Bristol, having recently completed the Audley Redwood retirement scheme.”

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