Balfour Beatty, in partnership with Network Rail, has opened the gates to the Forth Bridge to raise over £20,500 for children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland.
The unique fundraising event, ‘Yourview17’, which saw over 600 people ascend the bridge, attracted participants from across Scotland and further afield from Newcastle, Birmingham and the USA.
Balfour Beatty supported Barnardo’s Scotland in the planning of the popular event, offering a team of volunteers to facilitate on the day and allowing for guests to climb 361ft above the Forth.
Colin Hardie, Construction Superintendent for Balfour Beatty said: “Balfour Beatty has a long standing association with the Forth Bridge and our team was proud to offer their time voluntarily to help facilitate this event and raise over £20,500 for this great cause.”
Barnardo’s Scotland will utilise funds to help support children and young people through community-based services across Scotland.
Balfour Beatty first started working on the Forth Bridge in 2002 to deliver refurbishment works, and now carries out maintenance on behalf of Network Rail.
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Balfour Beatty (www.balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 30,000 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, US and the 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, the international infrastructure group, 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 refurbishment of Forth Bridge which was nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Status and carries the East Coast Mainline over the Firth of Forth, the Fife General Hospital and Maternity Services provision which centralises specialist in-patient, acute and emergency services on one site and the restoration and extension of Lewis Castle and Museum Nan Eilean to provide a new museum, archive and hospitality facility on the Isle of Lewis.