Benefits of Chess

Published 17 October 2018 | No comments
Written by Celeste Koen
CategoriesCanteen Recreation Rest
At The Madison site, rather than just well-being and mental health posters in the canteen, the site has provided chess and draught boards along with their pieces in the canteen for operatives to use during their breaks. This has relieved tension on site and has helped to develop team spirit.

E-Newsletter with onsite QR code

Published 14 September 2018 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesNewsletter Newsletter Pre-start information Updates
Balfour Beatty’s Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project are regularly publishing details on project progress and community delivery via a web based e-newsletter. This newsletter is updated regularly and features digital 3D images of project, onsite progress photographs, videos and updates on community engagement activity. Visitors to the project site can also scan a QR code which is located...

HMP Castle Huntly: Community Projects Team

Published 13 September 2018 | No comments
Written by Ken Brown
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison
In order to expand on the work that Perth and Kinross Council and Balfour Beatty have been doing to engage with those with a background of offending, the team at the Perth Transport Futures Project (PTFT) met with Mark Steadman, Offenders Outcome Officer at HMP Castle Huntly Open Prison, to discuss any opportunities to engage with the Scottish Prison Service...

Surplus Health and Safety Equipment Donated to Assist Developing Nations

Published 24 August 2018 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCharities/organisations Legacy
Balfour Beatty has recently donated around 60 working fire extinguishers to the International Fire and Rescue Association (IFRA). The donated extinguishers are to be sent abroad for reuse by IFRA who are a charity based in Fife who distribute redundant fire related equipment to third world overseas fire & rescue services, who can make good use of this essential equipment....

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Published 13 August 2018 | No comments
Written by Joseph Drugan
CategoriesLabour Legacy Support Workforce
Local Community Investment Charity CiC Forth Valley Community Focus (FVCF) have been installed on Balfour Beatty’s Forth Valley College site to deliver the on-site catering for our workforce. The unit is staffed by members of the local community who have been trained by FVCF and put through a ‘catering academy’ where they gain industry specific qualifications and employability training, supported...

A Collaborative Approach to Removing Loose Components when Working at Height

Published 25 July 2018 | No comments
Written by Tina Gunnarsson
CategoriesFalling debris Working methods
On The Madison project, Balfour Beatty encouraged a collaborative approach with all subcontractors on site to carry out a site-wide reassessment of its Working at Height safe systems of work. All parties were encouraged to create innovative solutions and mitigate risk in their own areas of work. Magnetic Tethering The façade contractor highlighted a narrow shim that was very challenging...

Developing a More Efficient Dehumidifier for Site Accommodation

Published 5 April 2018 | No comments
Written by Andrea Holt
CategoriesEnergy efficient accommodation
Standard dehumidifer units are supplied by a 3-phase electrical connection. Most drying rooms only have a single phase connection – upgrading this to 3-phase is costly and there is a lot of resistance to this by the cabin providers. The single phase dehumidifiers we found were underpowered to provide enough heat in colder months, so we found that there was...

Working in Partnership to Promote Apprenticeships

Published 12 March 2018 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Careers advice Personal development
Here at Phase One of the Perth Transport Futures Project, we have developed a very close relationship with the Perth and Kinross branch of Developing the Young Workforce. We have worked together on several projects in the local community and recently worked together to produce a film for Scottish Apprenticeship Week. The film showcases an extremely talented young woman, Bethany...

Design Engineer Construct! partnership agreement with Harris Academy

Published 19 February 2018 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Schools
Balfour Beatty are providing funding and support to Harris Academy in Dundee to enable delivery of the Class of Your Own Design Engineer Construct! (DEC!) programme. Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC!) is an accredited learning programme that has been created by Class of your Own for secondary-school age students and has been expertly developed to create and inspire the next generation...

Supporting local causes in Aberdeen via onsite fundraising

Published 19 February 2018 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCharities/organisations Community liaison Goodwill
On 8 December 2017 Aberdeen South of the City staff handed over a cheque for £2500 to Torry Academy Headteacher Jenny Cranna & Lochside Academy Executive Headteacher Neil Hendry. The funding will enable Torry Academy and Kincorth Academy to put on a production of the brand new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘School of Rock’ which will involve over 300 pupils...

Re-use of Conductor Rail

Published 7 February 2018 | No comments
Written by Fatima Orr-Deen
CategoriesRe-use Reduce
Sites should seek to reduce their impact on the environment by re-using as much material as possible. If possible, materials should always be regenerated and re-used rather than sent to landfill. Our project involved remodelling work on existing rail networks. As part of the project, we assess the length, wear and condition of the existing conductor rails, which provide the...

Upcycling PPE

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Stephen Penwill
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Re-use Recycle
Whilst clearing out the welfare changing rooms to remove used PPE from a previous subcontractor and make space for a new subcontractor, ten bin bags full of old PPE and clothing was collected, including hard hats, boots, hi-vis vests, coats and trousers. Instead of throwing the old PPE in the skip, it was upcycled for a new purpose in the...

Double Cloaking of Signage

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Fatima Orr-Deen
CategoriesGreen purchasing Reduce Signage
Sites should always be seeking ways to reduce waste and therefore minimise their impact on the environment. This also helps meet targets of diverting waste from landfill. Our project involved large scale works on an existing rail network. This requires changing signal signage at each stage of the project to reflect revised signalling arrangements and track layout. Previously, the redundant...

Pulsar Pro LED lighting

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Fatima Orr-Deen
Safety is of utmost important on sites, particularly those in close proximity to dangerous areas like roads and rail track. Good lighting is essential to operative safety to increase visibility. We used the Pulsar Pro multi-mode, rechargeable LED warning light for traffic control, signalling, hazard awareness, zone demarcations and vehicle safety. These small units are manufactured in shock-resistant plastic, and...

Live Floater Indicator

Published 5 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Fatima Orr-Deen
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
The rail industry poses its own set of unique challenges and hazards within construction that require alternative management techniques. A member of our site team has personally invented a live ‘floater’ indicator – this is essentially a safety device exclusive to the railway industry and wholly evidenced on the supplied documentation and photos. Specialised railway equipment includes a warning shield...