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...


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...

Fence weaving art to support the NHS

Published 18 May 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesEnclosures First Impressions standards Initial impressions Medical conditions
In support of the NHS and in line with the Considerate Constructors Scheme First Impressions campaign, Balfour Beatty’s Kathryn Wheatley created artwork on herras fencing panel at the entrance to our Skye Lochalsh & South West Ross Community Hospital project in Broadford. The image of the NHS and rainbow were created using recycled bin bags and surplus NHS clinical waste...

An Improvement to Woodpole Construction

Published 12 May 2020 | No comments
Written by Amy Fraser
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Injuries Recording accidents Supply chain engagement Workforce consultation Working methods
In December 2019 there was a communication sent across Power T&D with regards to an incident that occurred during works undertaken by another Overhead Line contractor. During the construction of an H-Pole Structure, there was a requirement to lift the top end of the structure with an excavator approximately 200mm to allow bolts associated with the steel work to be...

Cabbed Dumpers

Published 27 April 2020 | No comments
Written by Jasvir Sandhu
CategoriesDriver information Vehicle enhancements Working methods
The use of cabbed dumpers on this project has given the operators a better working environment due to being able to work in a dry air-conditioned cab rather than an open air seat as previously. Also, several of the cabbed dumpers that are used can be driven by the operator in the direction that he is facing by rotating the...

Long Term Arrangement to Donate Surplus Pallets to a Local Community Group

Published 15 April 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesBusinesses Charities/organisations Community liaison Recycle
The project team set up an arrangement with a local business Strathspey Railway who rely heavily on donations and volunteering from local community. As part of long term relationship, Strathspey Railway were supported to register for Waste/Transportation transfer licences Strathspey Railway require large amounts of timber to power coal steam engines and will make use of surplus timber and pallets...

Noise Register and Promotion through Staff Poster

Published 15 April 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCampaigns Workforce information
The site foreman created a Noise Assessment sheet for site operatives The sheet was created as a poster and is displayed in the welfare area to raise awareness of the noise levels of various machinery which is used on site. The poster promotes noise levels from 1m and also whether ear protection is required when tracking machinery.

QR Code Armband for Works Permit

Published 8 April 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesBarriers Initiatives Protected and controlled access Working methods
A new Permit to Works QR armband system was created by the project team, and is now being adopted by other sites as a result. Red bands are issued for hot works permits, blue bands for ladder permits and green bands for AWNES/Permits to Break Ground. The coloured armband system makes it easy to identify if a permit has been...

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...