Balfour Beatty, Warwickshire County Council, and the Veteran Contact Point yesterday welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the newly refurbished Veteran Contact Point community project in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
His Royal Highness visited the centre to acknowledge the work of the charity, which aims to support Veterans in Coventry and Warwickshire reintegrate into civilian life, whilst offering free support sessions including interview and IT skills workshops, combat stress training as well as helping to find shelter for the homeless.
The project, part-funded by Balfour Beatty, saw the company modernise and upgrade the existing building; equipping the facility with disabled access, an extension to the building as well as a new driveway.
Dean Banks, Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Services business, said: “It was an honour to welcome His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the official opening of the Veteran Contact Point centre today.
“As Gold members of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a clear commitment to providing our Veterans with opportunities while also supporting them to successfully integrate into civilian life. Having funded the project through community donations, we hope that the facility will help those in need for many years to come.”
Balfour Beatty is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, a framework for businesses in the UK to ensure that veterans, reservists and their partners are treated fairly in the workplace and are fully integrated into the wider community once they have left service.
Through its membership, Balfour Beatty is committed to providing ex-service people with careers in the construction and infrastructure industry. To find out more about available opportunities, please click here.
Image: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales with Dean Banks, Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Services business at the event
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- Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 26,000 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 Hong Kong. Over the last 110 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 a long and proud history working in the North & Midlands, delivering innovative infrastructure and quality build projects and supporting growth across the region for the North & Midlands communities. The company has proven expertise across multiple sectors including highways, education, flood & coastal defence, and of collaboratively working with local authorities through the Scape National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework along with other regional and national frameworks.
- Our portfolio of current projects includes the £267 million Midlands Metropolitan hospital contract to deliver the main construction works to the 80,000 square metre hospital on behalf of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, The University of Manchester’s £287 million Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), representing one of the largest capital developments ever undertaken by a UK higher education institution, the £80 million East Leeds Orbital Route - a new 7km route linking the existing Orbital Ring Road to Junction 46 of the M1, the £27 million Gedling Access Road Construction of a new 4km access road for Nottinghamshire County Council, and the £46.3 million A487 Caernarfon to Bontnewydd carriageway with seven bridges and 12 culverts.
- Completed projects include the £20.5 million Warrington West station on behalf of Warrington Borough Council and the £14 million mechanical and electrical services for the new National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester. Balfour Beatty has also recently completed the £27 million Anchorsholme coastal defence scheme on behalf of Blackpool Council, and the £85 million automotive research facility for the University of Warwick in Coventry.