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...

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...

Reuse 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
CategoriesReduce Sustainable procurement
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
CategoriesLighting
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...

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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...

Slot Block Barriers

Published 18 August 2017 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesBarriers Cycle safety Footpaths and diversions
Project staff on the Balfour Beatty Flood Dundee Protection site have utilised the use of the Slot Block Barrier to add an additional layer of safety to the passing public. The flood protection project site is spread across 4km and construction is currently underway for a new flood protection wall to run from Dundee Airport to Camperdown Dock. A large...

Dry Wheel Wash

Published 14 April 2017 | No comments
Written by Kevin Hutchinson
CategoriesMud Vehicle and plant cleanliness Water 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...

Working at Night Using Glow Sticks to Direct Plant

Published 19 September 2016 | No comments
Written by Alan Chalmers
CategoriesLighting Traffic management Traffic management arrangements Unloading
During the recent works Balfour Beatty undertook on a project at Wick Airport, all the works were carried out at night due to the nature of the project. Part of the work was the surfacing of the main runway edges at night during the quiet times of the airport, along with other civil works. We came across a problem at this time...