Natural History Museum

Balfour Beatty appointed to second phase of Exhibition Road project

11 December 2009

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has appointed Balfour Beatty to carry out the second phase of works on the Exhibition Road project, following Cabinet approval for the £21.8 million contract. Work on the second phase will start in January 2010.

Balfour Beatty will be responsible for delivering the major streetscape improvements planned for the historic Exhibition Road, London’s cultural heartland. The road will be repaved as a single surface spanning from South Kensington Station to Hyde Park. High quality dark and light granite will pave the road to create an impressive interlocking design that is expected to last for up to 100 years without significant repair - far longer than a conventional road surface which is expected to last only 25 years.

Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown, Cabinet Member for Transport, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea said: “The removal of kerbs, barriers and street clutter along Exhibition Road will form a spectacular single surface and create a better experience for the millions of visitors to the area. We are pleased to be able to confirm Balfour Beatty as the contractor for this work and expect them to deliver the project on time, with the very finest quality of workmanship and finish.”

Phase 1, which started in February 2009, has already resulted in the removal of the outdated one-way traffic system around South Kensington Underground Station, creating large pavement areas and improving conditions for both drivers and pedestrians.

The transformation of the Exhibition Road will unite some of the world’s leading museums, educational institutions and arts venues to create an attractive cultural destination for everyone to enjoy. The entire scheme, being delivered in partnership with Westminster City Council and the Mayor of London, will be completed before the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The appointment of the contractor does not mean that the Council cannot make further changes to the design during the construction period. The use of the road will be closely monitored as it is being built and the Council will make adjustments to the design if they are needed up to and both during and after the completion of the project.