Press Release

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, shares his vision for the future of the construction industry after lockdown

2 July 2020


Over the last few months, the construction and infrastructure industry has seen sweeping changes in response to COVID-19. Today, Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty’s Group Chief Executive, publishes Balfour Beatty’s latest thought paper on what can be learnt from lockdown.

The paper, titled “Seizing the day: positive change from lockdown for the construction and infrastructure industry”, explores how the changes made in recent months have allowed the industry to adapt with agility and question old habits, and how this mindset will be the positive legacy left by lockdown.

The paper outlines nine recommendations on how the COVID-19 crisis can provide the industry with a platform to accelerate change in key areas such as skills, digitalisation, sustainability and changes to commissioning priorities which will ultimately allow the industry to flourish and thrive post-lockdown.

To read the paper in full, click here.   


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  • Balfour Beatty ( 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.
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