Cabbed Dumpers

Published 27 April 2020 | No comments
Written by Jasvir Sandhu
CategoriesHealth risk assessments and monitoring
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
CategoriesCommunity engagement Support for local charities
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 and transportation transfer licences Strathspey Railway require large amounts of timber to power coal steam engines and will make use of surplus timber...

Noise Register and Promotion through Staff Poster

Published 15 April 2020 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesWorkplace noise monitoring
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
CategoriesControlled access
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 engagement
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
CategoriesPrevention of surface water run-off
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...

Local Volunteering with Men’s Shed

Published 23 March 2020 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesEngage with community facilities Support for local charities
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 and universities Schools and nurseries
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
CategoriesColleges and universities Community engagement Workforce development plans
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
CategoriesPlan to positively promote construction
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...

Safety Socket

Published 15 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Josh Biles
CategoriesFalling objects Risk assessments
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
CategoriesColleges and universities Promoting construction as a career choice Schools and nurseries Support for careers advice
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
CategoriesLiteracy and numeracy support Mental health Workforce development plans
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...

Environmental Performance and Report

Published 21 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Luke Smith
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Carbon reduction Promoting achievements Reduced use of single use plastics Reporting actual vs target performance
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 engagement Notice board Regular updates of progress
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...