Support for Graduate Apprenticeships

Published 15 September 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesApprenticeships Personal development Training
Balfour Beatty Site Engineer Fraser Conway has recently completed his 4 year civil engineering modern apprenticeship and has now progressed onto a new Graduate Apprenticeship Civil Engineering programme. Fraser joined Balfour Beatty in 2016 and is a former pupil at Northfield Academy. Fraser initially joined Balfour Beatty as an apprentice civil engineer working on the AWPR as was part of...

Openspace Reality Capture System

Published 15 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Bethany Welsh
CategoriesInitiatives Inspections Reporting
The Openspace reality capture system allows us to easily create an immersive visual record of progress on site in real time. 360 images are captured at half second intervals and stitched together to create a streetview style walkthrough that is mapped onto a 2D plan of the area using machine learning and object recognition technology. Captures from different days can...

Ensuring Compaction of Concrete While Maintaining Social Distance Guidelines

Published 15 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Ken Brown
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods
Due to the restrictions with social distancing ensuring compaction of concrete was a problem as the concrete squad need to stay two metres apart, yet ensure the concrete was correctly distributed between the reinforcement and then compacted. The solution was to alter the mix design not only with a plasticiser, but with 10mm aggregate. After some trials to verify a...

Design Competition for Local Schools

Published 15 September 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCorporate Social Responsibility action plan Schools
Local school pupils from Harlaw Academy and Aberdeen Grammar were supported to take part in a bespoke workshop sessions as part of a community project to mark the start of the transformation of Union Terrace Gardens (UTG) in Aberdeen. Local pupils completing sessions were asked to build models representing new elements of UTG project. The £25.7 million Aberdeen City Council...

Bridges to Schools Workshop

Published 15 September 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCommunity liaison Schools
Balfour Beatty supported 255 pupils from Aberdeen City primary schools through delivering the Bridges to Schools workshops at Lochside Academy during week of 4 November 2019. The sessions were arranged as part of partnership with Lochside Academy and engaged pupils from Loirston Primary, Abbotswell Primary, Charleston Primary, Walker Road Primary, Tullos Primary and Kirkhill Primary. The Bridges to Schools week...

Webinar Support for Barnardo’s Training Groups

Published 29 July 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCharities/organisations Cooperation Support
During lockdown, Balfour Beatty have delivered webinars for young people involved in the Barnardo’s training groups based in Scotland. Balfour Beatty’s community team are supporting online careers advice and industry insights to participants that are involved in the Barnardo’s Works employability programmes. Participants involved in sessions are 16-24 years old and are being supported to find opportunities in further learning...

Upcycling Surplus Pallets to Create Site Display

Published 29 July 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesEntrance First Impressions standards Initial impressions
The Balfour Beatty project team on the Badenoch & Strathspey Community hospital have recently installed a new external display on site. Local handyman and Strathspey Steam Railway volunteer Malcolm Rodgers and site cleaner Shona Rennie joined forces to recycle pallets to create a new planter display in the shape of a train and carriage which has been made from surplus...

Support for Female Engineer Mentoring Scheme

Published 29 July 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Diversity Equality Inclusion Personal development Placements Training
Balfour Beatty are supporting the University of Dundee’s new Civil Engineering mentoring scheme which pairs female engineers with students to support and empower their transition through University and into their chosen career. Balfour Beatty Construction Manager Leigh Clark, project team member on the Badenoch & Strathspey Community hospital in Aviemore, is part of the newly launched mentoring scheme to encourage...

Support for Career Ready Mentoring and Work Placement Programme

Published 29 July 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Labour Schools
Balfour Beatty are supporting the UK Career Ready programme and are in the third year of supporting the programme which runs in Moray, Scotland. The Career Ready programme is a commitment to providing young people with mentoring over a two year period and also involves supporting a four week summer work placement for participants. In Moray, Balfour Beatty staff members...

Protecting Nature On Site

Published 29 July 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesAwareness Planting Trees Wildlife
Balfour Beatty have been working with ecology specialist Nevis Environmental to develop a case study on the range of mitigation works which have been completed in advance of the project start at the Badenoch & Strathspey Community hospital project in Aviemore and which continue to be implemented through project delivery. Works has included translocation of 76 lizards to a newly...

Coronavirus Site Welfare Safety Measures

Published 29 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Rory Robson
CategoriesCleaning regime Healthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Occupational health risks
In response to the coronavirus new site safety control measures have been put in place by the site team to protect the workforce. These measures included: All non-essential staff are to work from home Resource levels are monitored daily against welfare capacity Staggered start and break times Daily activity briefings have been split and are held outside with all operatives...

Rainbow Flags on Sites to Promote and Support Pride Month

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCorporate Social Responsibility action plan Diversity Equality
Balfour Beatty project sites across Scotland are flying the rainbow flag with pride as part of ongoing support for #pridemonth2020. Flags were put in place at the Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross community hospital project in Broadford, the Badenoch & Strathspey community hospital project in Aviemore and at the Edinburgh IRR project in the Edinburgh Bioquarter.

Providing Biodiversity Net Gain Solutions

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Nicky Paine
CategoriesCertifications Investigation Involvement Monitoring Specialist input
We are supporting King’s Lynn Internal Drainage Board to achieve Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) on the project. It was essentially a generic construction project, with no requirement for us to achieve BNG during construction of the Pumping Station. However, during construction we decided to go beyond requirements and produce a Biodiversity Metric for the Scheme, enabling us to account for...

BuildDots

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Leonard Connolly
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
​BuildDots is a new method of capturing errors in construction and also records progress by using a 360 camera on a hard hat. It is being trialled on this site and it has already captured issues and is effectively logging and reporting on progress. Balfour Beatty are helping BuildDots by having feedback sessions to improve and tweak the interface, to...

Activities for Families Working from Home

Published 26 May 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesEmployed Healthy lifestyle advice Management attitudes Medical conditions Occupational health risks
Balfour Beatty’s Community Investment team published a booklet for staff in Scotland which contained the latest business updates on how critical sites have been adapting and delivering during the coronavirus pandemic and also contained a range of short activities for children to complete at home. The booklet contained games for all ages of children and included games such as spot...