Balfour Beatty awarded Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year
26 February 2016
Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering (BBGE) has been awarded the Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year award at the Construction News Specialists Awards.
BBGE has seen growth in all areas, particular in its driven piling operations which have seen a 40% increase in turnover in the last 12 months, and have secured a number of complex and high-profile jobs, mainly in London, over the last three years which the award judges described as “phenomenal”.
Projects include the £7m Newfoundland project in Canary Wharf which saw the team install 53 piles, 60 meters in length. Of these, 15 piles had to be installed within the London Underground exclusion zone, one of which being just 2 meters away from the Jubilee line tunnel. Other notable contract wins include the £11m piling contract as part of the £400m 100 Bishopsgate development, in which the team installed piles up to 2.4 meters in diameter and to depths of 65 meters and installing plunge columns weighing up to 40 tonnes. The work was described as having “exceeded the expectations” of the customer, with BBGE showing “commitment and leadership” in all areas of its work.
The level of customer satisfaction as a result of BBGE work was highly commended by the award judges who noted the average score of 9/10 from all 124 end-of-contract customer surveys with 20% of Ground Improvement projects achieving 10/10.
Other areas of notable reference by the judges include BBGE’s commitment to safety and training investment, particularly in young engineers. BBGE currently employees 23 engineers and surveyors on the BBGE graduate scheme, and have recently implemented a bespoke training and development programme for all of its young workers.
BBGE’s commitment to safety was clear through its initiatives such as installing 360-degree cameras on all rigs and the rolling out of hydraulic piling safety cages on all mini piling rotary rigs, carefully managing and re-enforcing good practicing, and helping to keep workers safe.
Malcolm O’Sullivan, Managing Director for Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, said of the award, “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of the team has been commended by the Construction News Specialists Awards. We have worked hard over the last three years to deliver above and beyond the expectations of our customers, delivering works to a high standard. This recognition is a great reflection of the relentless effort of the whole team”.
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Photograph: The team with the Ground Engineering Specialist of the Year Award
Notes to editors:
Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering is a leading geotechnical specialist providing a comprehensive range of foundations solutions including piling, retaining walls, ground improvement and testing services. Previous and current projects include London Heathrow Terminal 2b, The Shard in the City of London, Glasgow Velodrome, Blackfriars station and the Beauly to Denny Replacement Transmission Line in Scotland.