The framework is valued at up to £1.5bn and runs for four years until February 2019. Individual projects are expected to be valued at up to £40m.
The national framework is operated by Scape Group, the local authority procurement organisation. Any public sector client can now call on Balfour Beatty for civil engineering and infrastructure projects without having to go out to full tender.
According to Balfour Beatty, the framework encourages collaborative working and early contractor involvement so that project design and delivery can be influenced, progressing rapidly to the construction stage, stimulating local jobs and spend and increasing value for the customer.
In his first public statement since taking over as Balfour Beatty group chief executive this month, Leo Quinn said: "Balfour Beatty has significant depth of expertise across the UK in delivering civil engineering projects successfully and through this appointment we will be able to improve delivery for our customers and expand our portfolio of local infrastructure schemes. I am also delighted that we share Scape's commitment to employ and develop trainees and apprentices in acquiring the skills necessary to build lifelong careers, and to support the local businesses that the infrastructure sector relies on."