British construction company Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £170m contract from London’s Heathrow Airport to modernise baggage screening and handling systems at the airport.

The project will involve upgrading and installing screening and handling systems at Heathrow’s eastern baggage facility.

The new contract is a part of Heathrow Airport’s three-year delivery integrator framework, awarded to the construction company in 2014, that covers infrastructure upgrade and asset management works.

"This contract award is testament to the strength of the partnership we have developed with Heathrow Airport Limited over the last 17 years."

Balfour Beatty Group chief executive Leo Quinn said: "This contract award is testament to the strength of the partnership we have developed with Heathrow Airport Limited over the last 17 years.

"The UK aviation sector is a core market for Balfour Beatty and we are delighted to play our part in helping Heathrow maintain its position as a leading travel hub and supporting local employment."

Balfour Beatty will use building information modelling techniques to manage logistics and interface with real-time airport operations.

The company previously constructed the £590m Terminal Two B at Heathrow, during the largest airside project ever undertaken at the airport.

Balfour Beatty was also involved in the development of Terminal Five at Heathrow Airport.