Work Placement Project with Scottish Prison Services

Published 25 March 2019 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesSupport for local charities Training plans
At the beginning of the Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project, a group of five inmates from HM Prison Castle Huntly supported set-up works on site. A total of ten cumulative weeks work experience was completed by the group which provided participants with real hands-on work experience, which complemented the learning which they had completed within the prison, which...

Supplier Events to Promote Community Benefit Objectives

Published 25 March 2019 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCommunity consultation Community meetings Documented activities and targets for community engagement
The community benefits team at the Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport Project held a supply chain event to discuss how the project can deliver meaningful and measurable benefits for communities in Dundee. The session involved supply chain partners from Martec, Spatial Structures, Kelly Contractors, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, Linn-Tech and Doe Sport North – all who will be delivering vital...

Promoting Construction for the Next Generation

Published 17 October 2018 | No comments
Written by Celeste Koen
CategoriesCommunity engagement Promoting construction as a career choice Signage
At The Madison site in London, we created A0 size poster boards of the typical six stages of construction to bring awareness of different roles in construction to show it is not all about dirty and hard labour outside on site with poor pay and low education. The reality is very different. Construction offers good salaries, many roles are office...

HMP Castle Huntly: Community Projects Team

Published 13 September 2018 | No comments
Written by Ken Brown
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Promoting construction as a career choice
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...

Site Catering Social Enterprise 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 13 August 2018 | No comments
Written by Joseph Drugan
CategoriesEngage with community facilities Support for local charities
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...

Collaborative Approach to Removing Loose Components when Working at Height

Published 25 July 2018 | No comments
Written by Tina Gunnarsson
CategoriesFalling objects
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
CategoriesSpecialist laundry/cleaning requirements
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
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Support for careers advice
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...

Supporting Local Causes in Aberdeen via Onsite Fundraising

Published 19 February 2018 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCommunity engagement Support for local charities
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...

Upcycling PPE

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Stephen Penwill
CategoriesCircular economy PPE
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...

Pulsar Pro LED lighting

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Fatima Orr-Deen
CategoriesAdequate lighting Positioning of equipment, lighting and CCTV
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...

Electronic CLOCS Checklists 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 24 October 2017 | No comments
Written by Alex Moffatt
CategoriesCLOCS
The TEAM2100 programme is a framework established to maintain the flood defences across the Thames Estuary, meaning a lot of the work takes place in and around London. The team recognise the CLOCS standards as industry best practice, and have been carrying out checks across a number of our sites in order to monitor vehicles coming to and from the...

Dry Wheel Wash

Published 14 April 2017 | No comments
Written by Kevin Hutchinson
CategoriesWater saving measures
On the Manchester Engineering Campus Development, by Balfour Beatty for the University of Manchester, a dry wheel wash is being used instead of the temporary high water volume alternatives that had been proposed. The Measures During planning the project team identified the use of a stand-alone wheel wash being a user of high volume of water, with over 400 wagons...