Balfour Beatty and Southampton City Council have received a prestigious technology award after winning a top accolade at the V3 Digital Technology Leaders Awards 2016.
The partnership secured the award for ‘Best Public Sector Digital Project’, for their submission ‘Shaping Southampton through Digital Excellence’.
The awards, which celebrate digital innovation and the people making it happen, were held in London with over 180 digital leaders in attendance.
The project was the culmination of five years of investment and continuous improvement in digital technologies, in partnership with Southampton City Council, to drive greater customer satisfaction and more efficient operational delivery.
The judges praised the project as, “an excellent example of exactly how councils should be looking at using technology, visualisations and data to improve the services they offer to their citizens and a model that other councils should look at when considering implementing similar strategies.”
Amanda Fisher, Balfour Beatty Living Places Managing Director, said: “This award recognises the way in which technology and digital solutions have been used to improve the environment for people living, working and visiting Southampton.”
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The ‘Best Public Sector Digital Project’ award recognises the Southampton Highways Partnership’s commitment to reshaping Southampton’s infrastructure for the benefit of the whole city. Balfour Beatty has successfully worked alongside Southampton City Council for many years, delivering innovation and driving changes that offer real improvements for residents and visitors.
“Balfour Beatty’s use of digital technology to deliver a vision for radical change deserves this recognition. Achieving a reduction in fuel usage in the city, alongside a significant saving for the council, is an exceptional achievement and provides a blueprint to other organisations in the sector to follow.
“This work is just one part of Balfour Beatty’s contribution to Southampton City Council’s drive to modernise and utilise the latest technology to deliver excellent outcomes. Together we are improving systems behind the scenes so that we deliver high quality, efficient services and create an organisation that is fit for the challenges of the future.”