Press Release

Balfour Beatty and hub North Scotland further Scottish education as they reach major milestone at new Aberdeen Academy

21 June 2018


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, and hub North Scotland today announce that they have successfully completed construction works to the new Lochside Academy in Aberdeen, on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.

As part of the works, Balfour Beatty was charged with the design and construction of a new teaching and sports facility, 3G sports pitch and associated car parking facilities. Over 1,300 pupils and teachers from Torry and Kincorth Secondary Schools will join together to form the new school.

Balfour Beatty was appointed as main contractor for Lochside Academy in 2016, following close collaboration with Aberdeen City Council and hub North Scotland during the preconstruction phase to provide the most cost-effective and high-quality design solution.

Reaching this major milestone will allow for Aberdeen City Council to begin fit-out works to ensure the school is ready to receive pupils ahead of the new academic year.

Iain Lumsden, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s North Scotland Delivery Unit, said: “We are delighted to hand Lochside Academy over to hub North Scotland, providing students, teachers and the local community with a first class educational facility that will significantly enhance the learning experience of students.

“This marks the second school that Balfour Beatty has successfully handed over to hub North Scotland on time and to budget since we were appointed as  the main ‘tier 1’ contractor in 2016.“

hub North Scotland Chief Executive, Michael Padzinski said: “This is a fantastic new school which provides a modern environment for teaching and learning, along with great facilities for the broader community.

“The project has been developed and delivered through a collaborative approach by Aberdeen City Council and our construction delivery partner, Balfour Beatty.”

Through the project, Balfour Beatty made a significant and sustainable contribution to the local economy, engaging with the local supply chain and providing numerous local employment and apprenticeship opportunities.

Image: The completed Lochside Academy in Aberdeen


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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • Balfour Beatty has been operating in Scotland for over a century. Today, the company employs 2,000 people across Scotland and works with a supply chain that includes a substantial proportion of local businesses.
  • The company’s construction business recently completed the award winning Holyrood Student Accommodation development, providing 1,180 student beds within the World Heritage Site of Holyrood in the City of Edinburgh and  the construction of a Typhoon Propulsion Service Facility to support the rebuild and supply of the EJ200 engines used by 3 Typhoon Squadron.
  • Significant projects in the Company’s current portfolio include the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route which will improve the transport network in Aberdeen and across the north east of Scotland, the £14m Almondbank Flood Defence Scheme to deliver a series of flood defences along the River Almond and construct a temporary flood storage unit and the Perth Transport Futures project which will see the creation of a new junction on the A9 dual carriageway to support growth in Scotland’s third busiest region.
  • Iconic projects of the past include the construction of the new Elgin High School, the first school delivered by Balfour Beatty on behalf of hub North Scotland, the refurbishment of Forth Bridge which carries the East Coast Mainline over the Firth of Forth and the Fife General Hospital and Maternity Services provision which centralises specialist in-patient, acute and emergency services on one site.

Vivienne Dunn

Senior Media & PR Manager