Supporting Older People

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Residents
Balfour Beatty has been working closely with the Stanley Development Trust (SDT) on several initiatives as part of our ongoing engagement with local communities. The SDT was formed in 2008 to improve the quality of life and environment in the village of Stanley and its surrounding area. A monthly lunch club was started in 2015 by the SDT’s Care and...

Taytech System for Surface Runoff Treatment

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesAwareness Rivers/watercourses
The project operates in close proximity to 10 sensitive watercourses. A feature of the project is the large amount of earthworks required and managing the potential site run off is absolutely imperative in protecting the surrounding environment. The project partnered with Taytech – a company who provide a dosing system which utilises more environmentally friendly coagulants to help remove suspended...

FairStart Scotland

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesCampaigns Labour Placements
Balfour Beatty are working with a number of different employability providers to create opportunities for people to find work and train. A key partner in this endeavour is Remploy, who are delivering the FairStart Scotland programme on behalf of the Scottish Government in Tayside. FairStart Scotland builds on the success of other transitional services such as Work Able Scotland and...

Local Volunteering with Men’s Shed

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesGoodwill Labour Residents
Volunteers from the project team attended Stanley Men’s Shed in October to help them progress plans to create a Community Orchard at Stanley Mills. Stanley Men’s Shed has been working with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to plant a community orchard in land surrounding the car park at Stanley Mill where the group regularly meet. Agreement in principle for the orchard...

Supply Chain Community Benefits Conference

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesColleges Goodwill Schools Suppliers Trade contractors
The project is being delivered with an unprecedented focus on delivering benefits to the community and a commitment to bring meaningful and measurable change to the communities surrounding this major construction project. Members of the project team took time away from the construction site at the end of February and were joined by 42 attendees from a range of the...

Wonder Learning Boxes

Published 2 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Rebecca Bernklow
CategoriesCommunity liaison Personal development Residents Universities
As part of our engagement with the community surrounding our project at the University of Strathclyde, we reached out to the Civil Engineering Department to conduct a ‘hands on lecture’ that would support the students learning and awareness. We created ‘Wonder Learning Boxes’, which were each filled with a different textile for the students to feel and discuss with their...

Supply Chain Newsletter

Published 27 January 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesPlacements Promoting Construction campaign Supply chain Supply chain
As part of our delivery on the Hub North Scotland/NHS Highland Community Health projects in Aviemore and Skye, Balfour Beatty have developed and are distributing a new supply chain newsletter on a quarterly basis. This project newsletter is to assist in the ongoing promotion of the benefits of registering with the Considerate Constructors Scheme as well as highlighting additional opportunities...

Use of Remote Control Trench Rollers on Site

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Working methods
During deep drainage works for the new Badenoch & Strathspey Community Hospital and Health Care Centre in Aviemore, the Balfour Beatty project team worked closely with groundswork subcontractor David Smith in the use and operation of remote control trench rollers on site. The machines are operated by remote control and this provides a number of benefits. Firstly safety is increased...

Safety Socket

Published 15 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Josh Biles
CategoriesFalling debris Risk information Working methods
The Challenge: The Façade design at roof level is extremely challenging and requires a complex network of secondary steelwork to be installed at the building’s edge on both Level 52 and Level 53 which is one of the most high-risk elements of the project. This is mainly due to each Steel post requiring four loose nuts to secure it in...

Education Workshop Demonstrating Augmented Reality

Published 15 July 2019 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Schools Universities
As part of a range of education workshops, Balfour Beatty have developed an education workshop which specifically promotes the use of augmented reality (AR) in construction and includes young people in discussion about how future jobs will be shaped by new and emerging technologies. The workshops use the Balfour Beatty Innovation 2050 video as a basis for discussing what construction...

The Madison Workforce Development Hub

Published 21 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Celeste Koen
CategoriesCultural needs Diversity Equality Inclusion Language differences Literacy training Mental health Personal development Stress
A secure iPad in the canteen has been installed for the workforce to access while on their breaks. The iPad stand is adjustable and has two positions, so the user can stand up or sit down. The stool provided at the station is made out of re-used waste materials from site. The iPad is preloaded with information on the following...

Kone Deck

Published 21 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Celeste Koen
CategoriesWorking methods
During a staged lift installation, a temporary deck needs to be installed to allow the installation of the lifting beams. The normal process is for the deck to be removed and the lifting kits to be hung from the beams, from the outside of the shaft with a long drop. This causes a working at height risk and an additional...

Environmental Performance and Report

Published 21 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Luke Smith
CategoriesActual vs target Air quality Carbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting Energy saving measures Plastics and packaging Promoting achievements Sustainable solutions
The Wellington Place 7 and 8 project team, led by Dan Miller, has shown great leadership and professionalism by using their sphere of influence to achieve the environmental targets set at the beginning of the project. Highlights Include: 59% reduction in CO2 emissions from the following measures: 100% Renewable energy electricity supply, primary and secondary lighting circuits that reduce unnecessary...

Mobile Exhibition Trailer

Published 29 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Ken Brown
CategoriesCommunity liaison Community notice board Residents Sensitivity to neighbours Updates
Balfour Beatty are committed to the best standards of working and informing the community, and to achieve this we are using a mobile exhibition centre as well as a large open plan room on the site, which is set aside for displaying information as an exhibition centre. The mobile trailer can be set up in minutes, and with a small...

Linking 360 photos into a BIM model

Published 8 April 2019 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Workforce information Working methods
The Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport have been developing an approach to using BIM to review that installed services have been installed correctly and in the correct location. The project team have been using a 360 camera to record installed service before ceilings go up. Linking them into the BIM model allows the team to review what the M&E...