Project History Hoarding Display

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesFirst Impressions standards Initial impressions
This contractor has recently installed a new timeline hoarding display created to show the history of Union Terrace Gardens. Working closely with Aberdeen City Council, the design was created using historical photographs which had been collated with permissions from Aberdeen City Libraries and the Silver City Vault. The photographs selected show Union Terrace Gardens as it existed when originally opened...

Launch of Couch to 5k Initiative

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Posters Wellbeing events
This contractors project team have recently launched a new couch to 5K project fitness initiative. During the upcoming months ahead their site workforce will be involved in walks, jogs and runs around the site as part of their health and wellbeing strategy. A poster has been created and is being promoted in the site office, canteens and external noticeboard. The...

Employability Session for Local Construction Skills Work Academy Group

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools
This contractors Community Benefits Advisors hosted a Teams information session for local DWP construction work academy participants. The session was arranged via DWP Inverness and involved 3 people from Moray who are currently looking for opportunities within construction. The contractor provided an overview of current works and discussed subcontractors on sites which may have future work placement opportunities. After an...

Delivery Route Instructions – 3D Flythrough Video

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesAccess/egress Communicate initiatives Driver information Initiatives Protected and controlled access Roads Workforce information
The contractor’s digital team have created a 3D flythrough video which is shared in advance with businesses scheduled to deliver materials to the National Treatment Centre project site in Inverness. The 3D flythrough video provides a delivery guide for all drivers including instructions for prebooking deliveries and identification which will be required upon arriving at site. The video visually illustrates...

Virtual Work Placement Programmes

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Personal development Placements Training
School pupils across Scotland have recently received Silver Level Industrial Cadet certificates as part of the contractors recent virtual work programme with over 70 pupils completing the virtual programmes since November 2020. The pupils successfully completed the full 5 week programmes which provided an insight into careers in construction and as part of the programme pupils submitted a weekly report...

EcoNet Z-Lynk Power System

Published 8 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Sam Russell
CategoriesEfficient energy use Efficient fuel use Energy saving measures Reduce
On this project they have made use of the EcoNet ‘Z-Lynk’ generator system comprising two generators instead of one to reduce site accommodation fuel use. The system reduces peak power demand and saves out of hours energy consumption on heating and hot water. For a typical 10 cabin set-up, the site can run off a 40 kVA generator set up...

Anti Coronavirus Door Handle Safe Wraps

Published 8 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Sam Russell
CategoriesCleaning regime Occupational health risks
The project team has invested in Safe Wraps for door handles around the compound that have an anti-coronavirus coating. The wraps are proven to have resistance to coronavirus with an antimicrobial coating. The wraps have been used in schools but it is believed that this may be the first time they have been used on a construction project. To find...

Polystyrene Formers Used in the Core of a Pumping Chamber

Published 26 January 2021 | No comments
Written by Nicky Paine
CategoriesFlooding Supply chain Working methods and equipment
On this project, the changing climate and age have necessitated replacing the existing pumping station, thereby minimising flood risk to 1,500 residents, 500 businesses and 9,700 hectares in the local area. The pumping station will house 4 eel-friendly water pumps. This will enable it to pump 1.4 billion litres daily – put into context, 1 pump could empty an Olympic...

MEWP Mounted Mechanical Board Lifting Attachment

Published 11 January 2021 | No comments
Written by Richard Deaville
CategoriesInjuries Occupational health risks Supply chain engagement Working methods
One of the contractors suppliers working with adrylining specialists on the Midlands Metropolitan University Hospital project have developed, trialled and is now using a MEWP attachment that lifts boards. The system allows one person in a MEWP to install plasterboard ceiling panels and simplifies the positioning of plasterboard at ceiling levels. The system has reduced installation time and uses one...

Virtual Delivery Directions via QR Code

Published 14 December 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesAccess/egress Driver information Language differences Language Differences Protected and controlled access Traffic management Visitor information Workforce information
The team at the IRR & BioQuarter Enabling infrastructure project in Edinburgh identified a need to provide clear instructions to delivery drivers arriving to site. As the site is adjacent to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and sits on the emergency access route for ambulances reaching the A&E department, it is of vital importance to ensure that deliveries can quickly and efficiently...

Envirohorn Drain Filters

Published 19 October 2020 | No comments
Written by Charles Stotesbury
CategoriesDrainage Spill control
Road gulleys are a fairly innocuous item in the road and most people do not realise that they are there. But as part of the new road alignment at East Wick & Sweetwater SIW the project team took part of the existing road network and therefore surface drainage into the site area, due to this there was a possibility of...

Promotion for National Inclusion Week

Published 12 October 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion Management attitudes
As part of promotion for National Inclusion Week during the week of 28 September 2020, Balfour Beatty published a video to share staff views on what inclusion means to them. This helps to raise awareness of inclusion and diversity within the workplace and the role we all play in creating an inclusive culture. Watch the video below.

Virtual Site Tours for Schools

Published 5 October 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesColleges Community liaison Legacy Schools
The project team arranged for a live transatlantic virtual site visit of one of their large construction sites in Philadelphia, USA for pupils at local secondary schools in North East Scotland as part of ongoing supports for a local Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) North East group. Pupils from Lochside Academy, Westhill Academy & Portlethen Academy joined the call to...

Digital Work Experience

Published 5 October 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Community liaison Goodwill Schools Suppliers Trade contractors
In May, Scape launched Learning in Lockdown, a virtual work experience programme for students aged 14-15. More than 300 schools and many thousands of students from across the UK joined Learning in Lockdown. The initiative was supported by over 150 people from 32 of the biggest names in construction, giving well over 200 hours of their time collectively. Overall, the...

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...