A flagship project to create a world-leading teaching, learning and research campus.
The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) is the University of Manchester’s flagship project to develop the engineers and innovators of tomorrow, breeding collaboration and forward-thinking research techniques. Balfour Beatty was originally appointed, via The University of Manchester Construction Partnership Framework, to deliver this £300 million project in 2015 under a pre-construction services agreement, with the main contract then agreed in 2017.
MECD is one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the UK. It has transformed the way the University educates engineers in response to the needs of the fast-changing global economy.
It is home to four of the University’s engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
The buildings include extensive, modern teaching spaces that reflect the changing demands of students and staff for mobile and flexible learning. Cutting-edge technologies enable students across all disciplines to engage with the new modes of teaching. The research facilities are home to a community of 8,000 students, researchers, academics, and professional serviced staff, and will enable students to shape their own learning environment.
To meet the University’s Environment and Sustainability goals, the project was the first to appoint a dedicated Environmental Sustainability Advisor. This helped to develop and drive the University’s comprehensive sustainability targets throughout the project’s lifecycle, including achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating, a new active travel hub and a green roof.
The development incorporates a number of existing and new buildings. The eight-storey 80,000sqm Engineering Building A, Engineering Building B, and the James Chadwick Building (on Upper Brook Street), refurbished and extended Grade II listed Oddfellows Hall and the York Street Building.
MECD is home to purpose-designed blended lecture theatres, teaching laboratories, student workshops and a range of spaces to support the ambitious outreach and social engagement initiatives.
As part of the scheme, the team designed and constructed a new high-voltage laboratory to house a lightning impulse generator which is capable of emitting a lightning strike of up 2 million volts.
To ensure everyone's safety, earthing, heating, and space requirements were discussed in detail with a specialist consultant. To achieve the required earthing readings, 20m-long earthing rods were installed deep into the ground and a faraday cage was installed into the fabric of the building to electrically isolate the lab from the building structure and fabric to safeguard the users.
The team also built an electron microscopy (EM) centre with 22 electron microscopes to perform atomic resolution imaging and cell testing. The EM Suite is located in the south basement with the structure carefully designed to protect the microscopes from vibration from passing traffic and specialist rooms created to isolate them from noise and vibration from other building users.
Throughout the project there has been significant focus on spending locally, providing local employment, apprenticeships, and work experience opportunities.
The project has provided excellent training opportunities which include Construction Academy pre-employment courses, 11 unpaid work experience placements and 23 careers focused activities delivered to University of Manchester students. We also delivered 34 STEM and industry specific careers activities to local schools, colleges, or employment groups.
Keeping the local community at the heart of what we do, we contributed £20,000 to the University of Manchester Community Investment Fund, which enabled 50 local community groups to be supported, and raised £26,719 for charity. We also created:
students to benefit
raised for charity
industry awards won
We are helping to construct the west section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel – London’s new ‘super sewer’.
Running underneath the River Thames, is a 150-year-old sewer system, which was initially built for a population less than half its current size. The new tunnel will ensure the capital’s sewerage system is fit to support its projected population for at least the next 100 years. It will also tackle the issue of discharges of untreated sewage that currently enter the River Thames on a regular basis.
We are working in a three-way equal joint venture alongside Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall, to deliver the £416 million, seven kilometre ‘West’ section of the overall 25km long Thames Tideway Tunnel.
Spanning from Acton in West London to Wandsworth in South West London, the West section of the project will incorporate seven separate work sites along the route. This unique infrastructure project, which is the largest ever undertaken by the UK water industry, is another example of the part we are playing in 21st Century engineering.
Construction works began in 2016 with tunnelling starting two years later in 2018. All six of the tunnelling boring machines finished their drives in 2022, marking the end of the tunnelling phase of the project.
When the final works are completed in 2025, the new super sewer will dramatically reduce sewage pollution, creating a cleaner, healthier River Thames and enabling the capital’s sewer system to continue to serve London.
Using Building Information Modelling (BIM), we tested and simulated construction before works started on site to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of the project and to minimise disruption to local residents. A large percentage of the project materials were also transported down the river to ease road congestion and reduce emissions and disruption throughout the duration of the project.
The overall Thames Tideway Tunnel scheme has created more than 4,000 sustainable jobs on the project. Throughout the project, we have engaged with local businesses and SMEs to provide job opportunities for local people. Tideway has also provided more than 100 apprentices with employment, demonstrating our commitment to inspire and upskill a new generation of infrastructure experts.
new apprenticeships created
We’ve transformed the BioQuarter to create a new Health Innovation District in Edinburgh
Edinburgh BioQuarter is a leading centre of excellence for healthcare delivery, ground-breaking medical research and life sciences innovation and entrepreneurship. Awarded via the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework, we’ve delivered essential enabling infrastructure works to facilitate the delivery of the BioQuarter development and the construction of a five-storey, 6,500 m2 research centre and laboratory. The mechanical and electrical services for the new state-of-the-art facility were provided by our in-house specialists Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick.
The BioQuarter is home to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh University’s medical school, research facilities and a range of life sciences businesses. It is The University of Edinburgh’s vision to transform and develop the BioQuarter into a world-leading, vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood which has the potential to support a community of more than 20,000 healthcare innovators. The expansion includes space for research and healthcare innovation, commercial use, hotel, gym, retail, leisure and residential housing.
Crucial to the University’s development plan principals was ensuring that the BioQuarter expansion plans lead to the creation of employment, education and social opportunities and amenities for local people. To ensure the delivery of lasting economic and community benefit throughout the duration of the project we worked alongside The University of Edinburgh, to develop a bespoke community benefit plan mapped against agreed ‘Themes Outcomes and Measures’ (TOMs), these include:
The BioQuarter is in an environmentally sensitive location. Working with the University of Edinburgh, we identified ways to minimise the environmental impacts of the project and reduce its carbon footprint.
By incorporating Biodiversity Net Gain principals early in the design, programme and budget, we were able to identify a 50% biodiversity loss would occur without mitigation. Working together, with The University of Edinburgh, we identified the requirements needed to significantly reduce this and identify how a 12% net gain could be achieved through extensive changes to the BioQuarter masterplan.
Alongside this, understanding the embodied carbon of the University of Edinburgh’s estate was also a key area that helped us to reduce the projects carbon emissions. Using our new Auto-BIM carbon calculation tool, we identified carbon hotspots in the projects Building Information Models. This helped us to identify areas where we could deploy low carbon alternatives, resulting in an embodied carbon saving of 700 tonnes.
To further reduce the projects carbon footprint, we supported Micro and Small Enterprises within our project supply chain through a series of carbon reduction training modules that covered:
of embodied carbon saved
of waste diverted from landfill
To reopen the UK’s highest railway, we’re delivering strengthening and refurbishment works to the 2km-long funicular which ascends the northern slope of Cairngorm.
The funicular, which has been closed since 2018, takes passengers from 635 to 1097 metres Above Ordnance Datum. Upon re-opening, it will attract visitors to the Cairngorm National Park by providing access for all to one of the UK’s highest mountains.
Procuring the works via the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework, our customer Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) gained early access to the skills and knowledge of Balfour Beatty and its supply chain partners.
This early collaboration gave experts the opportunity to shape how works would be completed. This included local supply chain partner McGowan Environmental Engineering, whose early involvement informed how works would be completed on the lower sections of the project that are made up of deep peat. Their early input was critical to ensuring the sensitive environment is protected at all times and that the safety challenges of working on a remote mountain side are well managed.
From the outset, we have considered local wildlife and the ground water dependent ecosystem of the mountain when planning our works, taking measures including:
Delivering materials and equipment to our work locations on the mountain side presented a logistical challenge due to the steep, varied terrain and the requirement to minimise our impact on the local environment.
To overcome this, materials and equipment for the works on the upper slopes are delivered by helicopter. This minimises the ground disturbance caused by setting down materials and equipment and removes the associated safety risks of transporting materials and equipment across rough ground conditions as well as the removing the requirement for a haul road to be constructed.
Removing the need to create access for conventional excavators and minimising the risks presented by the ground conditions, we also used specialist spider excavators without tracks to operate on the steep slopes of the upper section of works.
With nature in mind, we’ve built a key 1km link road with a 140-metre bridge between the A38 and the north of the city to alleviate traffic congestion and support growth in the region.
Over the next 15 years, 4,300 new homes and a new district development of shops and community leisure and health facilities is planned in the north of Plymouth. Key to unlocking this was investment in major new highways infrastructure including the £52 million funding for the Forder Valley Link Road project provided by Plymouth City Council, the Department for Transport Growth Deal and National Highways.
Working on behalf of Plymouth City Council, we've built a one-kilometre link between William Prance Road in Derriford and the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road junction. Running along a new 140-metre bridge that we constructed across Bircham Valley, with a larger, relocated signalised junction at the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road intersection, the road is a key link between the A38 and the north of the city.
The project, which was delivered via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework, helps to alleviate traffic on the A386 Tavistock Road and Manadon Roundabout, providing an alternative route to the north of the city and key city locations such as Derriford Hospital, the University of St Mark and St John and the Plymouth Science Park. The new link also improves bus reliability on services to and from the north of the city and offers new and improved pedestrian and cycle facilities.
Improvements have also been made at Forder Valley Roundabout to improve traffic flow and access for pedestrians and cyclists.
Drawing on our extensive experience of delivering complex highways infrastructure we were able to achieve approximately £2.37 million worth of value engineering cost savings, including:
Utilities such as water, power and telecoms services needed to be diverted in preparation for our works commencing. The early engagement and collaboration that the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework facilitated, ensured that working alongside Plymouth City Council, South West Water, Western Power Distribution, Virgin Media, BT and Wales & West Utilities, were able to mitigate any potential issues whilst maintaining our schedule of works and project completion timescales.
Essential to Plymouth City Council’s economic growth plan for the region and creating a fairer and greener Plymouth was ensuring that the Forder Valley Link Rd project left a lasting social and economic benefit to the community.
To achieve this, we worked closely with Plymouth City Council, the local community and Building Plymouth to create a bespoke social value plan focused on the following key themes of the Plymouth Charter:
As a result of the plan and our established approach to social value we have been able to:
value engineering savings
local people employed on the project
This £31 million project for Leeds City Council has increased the resilience of the Leeds Inner Ring Road, helped reduce traffic in the city centre and will support ongoing business growth and new investment in the area.
As the first part of the Bishopgate Street, Armley Gyratory, Regent Street and City Square (BARC) programme of works, the dated and deteriorating Regent Street Flyover was demolished and replaced with a new structure with an expected lifespan of 120 years.
From the early stages of project development, we worked closely with Leeds City Council and our supply chain partners via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework to develop plans for how we would deliver the works.
This early involvement helped us to identify value engineering opportunities that included reusing some of the existing piles and pile caps, saving £1.5 million. It also allowed us to plan works in a way that minimised disruption for motorists by only having road closures at off-peak times and keeping two of the A64’s four lanes open at all other times, resulting in no significant traffic delays due to our works.
The planning works undertaken at this stage were also crucial to the project diverting 99.67% of waste from landfill, including recycling the demolition arisings.
To help ensure the safe and smooth delivery of the project, we utilised a range of digital tools to improve project delivery, including:
Maximising the social value created in the local community was a priority from the outset. As well as employing a number of graduates and apprentices across the project, we rolled out a virtual work experience programme for students across the country. Supporting NOVUS, a social enterprise providing education in prisons, we converted the content of our virtual work experience programme into presentations that are now being used to showcase the opportunities in the construction sector to young offenders.
local people employed
hours of volunteering work
This £355 million improvement scheme will relieve congestion for 47,000 road users and improve access to the Port of Hull.
Beginning work on site in 2020, our works include lowering the level of the A63 at the Mytongate junction to create a split-level junction, widening the eastbound carriageway to three lanes and installing a new footbridge to create a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the A63.
Uncovering Hull’s history
To make way for the new slip road off the Mytongate Roundabout required the largest scientific excavation of a post-medieval burial ground in Northern England, with a team of 90 archaeologists sensitively excavating an estimated 10,000 bodies which were subsequently re-buried within the boundaries of the burial ground.
Due to the size, scale and significance of the archaeological works, they were featured on the BBC’s Digging for Britain series. The show's host, Professor Alice Roberts, visited the burial ground to meet the team and go behind the scenes to see our on-site laboratories and find out more about the wealth of information we had uncovered about the history of the local area.
Reducing our carbon footprint
Working towards our ambition to go beyond net zero carbon by 2040, we successfully used electric mini diggers on this project. Powered by a Prolectric ProPower Solar Generator, the electric diggers reduced our carbon output by 25 tonnes and resulted in better air quality in the tent used during the archaeological works.
A local first legacy
To create a meaningful, lasting legacy for the local community, we have been helping schools, colleges, the local university and local charities by:
19th century burial ground
10,000 burials excavated
Balvac is delivering critical concrete repair and impressed current cathodic protection works to the M60 Palatine Road Bridge, which carries 80,000 vehicles per day over the River Mersey in Manchester.
A routine inspection and assessment concluded the concrete pier crossheads supporting the bridge deck, were under pressure. Balvac worked collaboratively with National Highways to develop a propping solution to relieve both the dead and live loads on the bridge decks to help facilitate the repair and the strengthening of 15 pier crossheads.
The team successfully repaired seven crossheads using a combination of flowable, sprayed and hand-placed repair materials, as well as using a titanium mesh anode cathodic protection system. To protect the reinforced steel within non-accessible areas of the crossheads, we installed daisy chain anodes through 16m-long holes cored in centre of the crosshead to a +/- 50mm tolerance.
We worked collaboratively to develop suspended scaffold access which was part suspended from the deck structure and part supported through the crosshead pier. This innovative approach mitigated the need for cofferdams to be installed within the River Mersey, eliminating any associated risks, improving safety as well as providing a cost saving across the project.
Balvac worked closely with the principal designer to establish the condition of the remaining eight piers by undertaking trials to demonstrate the dimensional accuracy of concrete removal using hydro demolition. These trials provided confidence for the innovative unpropped solution to be implemented, providing time and cost savings.
The site is located east of the River Mersey and sits within an Environment Agency flood basin. To ensure minimal disruption, all temporary works including the site office and welfare facilities were designed to enable use of the basin during extreme weather conditions.
Balvac's project team, along with supply chain partners, helped to raise money for a local youth group to purchase crafting equipment and games for young people in Northenden.
Victory Commons One is part of an urban campus in the heart of the city and the first of a three-building development in downtown Dallas.
This $105 million project involves the construction of a 386,306 square foot 12-storey (14-story with subgrade level G0 and the mechanical penthouse at the top) Class A office building, ground-level retail and personal service tower. The 429,810 square foot seven-storey parking structure features 1,102-parking spaces.
Thermal-Adaptive Glass automatically adjusts its tint level for climate, comfort and clear views. This innovative design solution means more natural light will reach every floor. UV Air Treatment systems were also installed in each elevator cab to reduce indoor airborne pathogens and micro-organisms including mold, bacteria and viruses.
Victory Commons One incorporates a refreshing number of opportunities to engage with the outdoors. From a Sky Garden that takes work breaks to the next level, showcasing great views from the seventh floor to a one-acre park offering endless fresh air. Uniquely situated in the centre of Dallas, the facility has over 200 local restaurants, bars and entertainment attractions just off the building’s doorstep, as well as direct access to Dallas Area Rapid Transit at Victory station.
Balfour Beatty is the partner of choice for the customer, Hillwood Development. Our long-standing and successful partnership has delivered numerous projects, including the 14-storey Perot Museum Nature of Science building.
Critical to safe operations was our partnership with the American Airlines Center to coordinate our daily operations around their year-round premiere events schedule as they are home to the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars and numerous high-profile concert events. Balfour Beatty also worked hand-in-hand with the City of Dallas and Dallas County to ensure the safety of visitors accessing the adjacent temporary COVID-19 testing facility.
Victory Commons One was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most such as state-of-the-art technology, tenant wellbeing with enhanced wellness features inside and out, energy savings and water efficiency. The facility received a LEED Silver Certification in April 2022, an internationally recognised green building certification and has also received Wire Certified Gold and the Highest Level Walk Score.
of restaurant space
As part of the Coventry Ring Road Improvement scheme, our Balvac team strengthened and refurbished Swanswell Viaduct, reducing the ongoing maintenance costs and extending the lifespan of this critical asset.
Commissioned through the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework, Balvac was engaged at pre-construction stage to develop the designs to upgrade the original 1960’s concrete cladding panels and edge beams with an enhanced stringcourse detail, using both pre-cast units and in situ reinforced concrete.
After many years of heavy use and exposure to the elements, the original post-tensioned concrete box beam structure required extensive refurbishment. We installed a new modern Trespa cladding panel system, a new vehicle restraint system, complying to current standards, along with bridge deck waterproofing and re-surfacing works.
Other works involved:
Balvac's project team worked closely with the local community and two social enterprises to generate social value and leave a positive legacy. This included a summer placement for a local student and held sessions on CV writing and interview techniques for The Princes Trust in Coventry. In addition, the team donated food and volunteered at Coventry Foodbank, who provide emergency food for people in crisis.
The team also diverted over 99.8% of 610 tonnes of waste materials from landfill.
of waste material diverted from landfill
local social enterprises supported
We’ve constructed a new £13.7m bridge across the Forth & Clyde Canal to connect three communities and provide access routes to the west end and city centre.
Awarded via the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework, Scottish Canals appointed Balfour Beatty to construct a new 3.5m wide bridge. The bridge comprising of two single span decks suspended on a network of cables is connected to a single inclined pylon situated on the east bank of the canal.
The new curved footbridge allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross the canal at towpath level rather than having to negotiate the footways below the existing aqueduct.
The new bridge also offers an integrated observation deck and landscaping to provide exposure to the canal's waterfront and green spaces. To help increase canal usage, we developed new public recreational places featuring art installations.
A key challenge of the project was to keep the waterways as accessible as possible to all canal users, whether they were using the towpath or the actual canal. Our teams collaborated with the local Rotary Club on a regular basis to ensure that disruption was minimised, and canal users were well informed in advance of any work taking place. This aided in keeping the local community informed and fostering positive working relationships with all key parties.
For the first time since the waterway opened in 1790, the new bridge connects the city's villages of Maryhill, Gilshochill, and Ruchill. It will also serve as the final link in the canal towpath, finishing National Cycle Network Route 754, connecting Glasgow and Edinburgh through the Falkirk Wheel. The construction of the Stockingfield foot and cycle bridge will significantly encourage physical activities such as cycling, walking and jogging along the Forth & Clyde Canal whilst opening routes to the city's west end leisure facilities and employment prospects for local people.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity echoed his enthusiasm and shared his thoughts, “this new bridge will offer people living and visiting North Glasgow better walking, wheeling and cycling connectivity than before. The Stockingfield Bridge will make it even easier for the communities of Maryhill, Ruchill and Gilshochill to get around locally in a sustainable way, as well as accessing the fantastic nature reserve at Possil Marsh. At the same time, it completes a missing link in the National Cycle Network Route 754, which offers a traffic-free route between Glasgow and Edinburgh via the spectacular Falkirk Wheel.”
We’ve built a new state-of-the-art, stainless steel reinforced crossing restoring a vital transport link in Scotland.
Constructed in 1964, Burnshot Bridge provided a vital link on the A90 corridor from Edinburgh to the Forth Bridge Road. After many years of use, the bridge was closed to traffic in 2016 due to deteriorating joints and structural integrity issues to the bridge deck.
Procured via the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework, The City of Edinburgh Council appointed Balfour Beatty to carry out the demolition of the existing infrastructure and the construction of a new bridge. More than 200 engineers and designers worked on the complex project to design and build the new 33m wide state-of-the-art stainless-steel reinforced bridge.
After the original bridge was demolished in early 2017, a temporary pedestrian bridge was initially installed to support existing services and to ensure the community remained connected to the local transport network whilst the new bridge was being constructed.
Our scope of works included:
Through early engagement and collaborative working between the project team and our supply chain, we were able minimise risks and overcome geotechnical challenges at the site where the bridge is situated.
The team hosted regular engagement events at the local library and developed a 3D model to help explain the project and what our works involved to local residents. This helped our team build good relations within the local community and kept them well informed of any disruption and our progress.
The new bridge has an expected 120-year lifespan and was designed with input from active travel groups to improve the cycling and pedestrian experience by including a segregated eastbound cycle lane and shared-use path.
Throughout the project, we worked closely with the local community and created a bespoke community benefits plan with the main objectives of:
Additionally, the project team hosted two work experience placements for HNC Civil Engineering students from Fife College. During their placements, both students attained their Silver Industrial Cadet Awards.
waste Diverted from Landfill
added Social Value per £1 spend
We’ve improved vital coastal flood defences at East Rhyl to protect 693 properties from coastal flooding.
Working on behalf of Denbighshire County Council, we’ve installed coastal flood defences in the seaside town of Rhyl on the coast of Denbighshire, North Wales. East Rhyl was protected by a number of historical coastal flood defences that were estimated to provide a 1:50- year standard of protection. These have overtopped in recent years causing extensive and prolonged flooding in the area.
Awarded via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework we delivered the design and construction of a rock revetment structure immediately in front of the existing sea wall, improved approximately 600 metres of the current sea wall and promenade at Splash Point as well as replenishing the beach to provide a 1 in 200-year standard of protection.
The primary source of flooding in the area is wave overtopping. Flood modelling showed that wave overtopping at East Rhyl was set to increase due to:
Working in close partnership with Denbighshire County Council and our designers we identified several suitable options that would provide the required protection for the area as well as meeting the Welsh Government’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management Strategy requirements.
Drawing on our extensive experience of delivering coastal defence projects, we identified that rock armour would provide the most cost-effective method of coastal protection at East Rhyl.
With a 1 in 200-year standard of protection against storms and the impacts of climate change, rock armour is suitable for highly exposed areas. It is relatively inexpensive and highly effective at absorbing and deflecting the energy of the waves. The gaps between the rocks slow down the flow of the water meaning it has less erosive energy and the risk of wave overtopping is substantially reduced.
62% of the 128,000 tonnes of rock armour that was needed to complete the project was all taken from local quarries ensuring we supported the local economy.
Rich in marine archaeology, the East Rhyl coastline contains ancient fish traps, a submerged ancient forest and shipwreck that all provide a glimpse into the distant past. It is also near Liverpool Bay which is a Special Protection Area which is classified for the protection of:
Early engagement with local universities and environmental institutions enabled us to understand the ecological sensitivities in the area and incorporate mitigation measures into the environmental impact assessment to protect and preserve the historic underwater heritage.
properties will be protected from the risk of sea flooding and coastal erosion
of added value
Originally opened in 1961, the Silver Jubilee Bridge is one of largest steel arch bridges in the UK and is regularly exposed to traffic volumes of over 80,000 vehicles per day.
Balvac was first appointed by Halton Borough Council to deliver their Bridge Maintenance Partnership Contract from 2009 to 2015. Since 2015, Balvac has successfully negotiated over £20 million of ongoing major maintenance works for the bridge via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework. Funding for the maintenance of the bridge was initially awarded by the Department of Transport and subsequently via the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
The bridge was closed from October 2017 to February 2021 to deliver several packages of works including repainting the entire top arch for the first time since the bridge opened in 1961. We also reconfigured the running lanes and created a new dedicated cycle lane. In addition, we waterproofed and applied an innovative, thin surface material utilising polymer modified bitumen to keep the dead load on the bridge deck within the allowed design tolerances.
We also successfully trialled a complete replacement of a locked coil hanger cable from arch to deck, providing Halton Borough Council with the confidence that future cable replacement works would be feasible whilst the bridge remains operational.
As part of the original works, Balvac were responsible for completing structural concrete repairs and cathodic protection to the bridge deck soffit and abutments, steelwork repainting, steelwork strengthening, parapet replacement and bridge deck refurbishment.
The combination of high traffic volumes across the bridge, four narrow running lanes and no central reservation, presented significant traffic management and access challenges during maintenance works undertaken in the years leading up to the full closure.
Through the strong collaborative relationship built with the council, we were able to combine work packages and share management and logistical resources. This approach minimised disruption to the public and delivered savings of over £700,000.
In 2022, the project secured two accolades, the ICE North West ‘Constructability Award’ at the ICE North West Awards and the New Life > £5 million’ award at Bridges. Commenting on the Bridge’s award, the judges said “the scheme demonstrated high-quality risk management and structural engineering in a complex environment.
overall value of works completed since 2009
of steelwork blast cleaned and repainted
of reinforced concrete bridge deck protected with an innovative cathodic protection system
Helping one of Scotland's key airports to remain compliant with Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) requirements, we have delivered improvements and upgrades to the primary surface water drainage swales at Inverness Airport.
Due to historic drainage issues at the airport, we were commissioned to carry out surface treatment and drainage works by Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) via the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework.
Swales are the primary collection points for surface water drainage at the airport. Works delivered to improve and upgrade the existing swales included:
The airport is in an environmentally sensitive area that is rich in wildlife and ecosystems. As part of our offering on all SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering projects, we assessed the impact of works on the biodiversity of the area and offered options to create a biodiversity net gain.
Our initial assessment identified that without mitigation, an 8.5% biodiversity loss would occur as a result of the project. Working collaboratively with Highlands and Islands Airports and NatureScot, we clearly set out how to avoid this and how to create a 5% biodiversity net gain, with the net gain being achieved through using a bespoke seed mix of plants genetically suited to the local environment.
With HIAL’s contracted requirement to benefit the local community – both during and after construction - and our own well-established approach to generating social value, our project team designed a bespoke social impact action plan. The plan focussed on key areas including:
As a result of the plan and our well-established approach to generating social value we have been able to:
Alongside this, our teams also looked for innovative ways to ensure we reduced our environmental impact and carbon emissions. Utilising a hybrid solar pod generator to power one of the remote site compounds situated between the airport runway and taxiway, we saved 21.2 tonnes of C02, 7,678 litres of diesel and reduced noise pollution.
Working in a highly regulated and controlled aviation environment required meticulous planning to ensure safe, compliant airside working practices were followed.
Collaboration and regular communication with airport operations, air traffic control, Bristow’s Search and Rescue (SAR), and the Scottish Air Ambulance was also vital to ensuring the airport and vital emergency services remained operational at all times.
social value generated
spend with SME’s
The redevelopment of Glasgow’s Queen Street station has significantly improved the experience of the 17 million passengers using the station each year. It has future-proofed the station for the predicted 40% increase in passengers over the next 10-15 years.
Improving Scotland’s rail network
The project is part of a wider programme of works happening across central Scotland’s rail network, the Edinburgh – Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). The programme is being delivered by Network Rail and the Scottish Government to improve services and facilities across the area.
Working alongside our customer, Network Rail, we’ve made significant improvements to Queen Street station to tackle potential overcrowding and improve facilities. The redevelopment has made it easier for people to navigate throughout the station through the £120 million expansion to extend the platform and concourse, allowing more space for passengers. New facilities were also added to improve visitor’s experience including accessible toilets, a luggage area, ticketing office and space for retail.
A significant challenge of the project was the scale, complexity, and ambition of the redevelopment along with the need to keep the station open for around 47,000 passengers who use it each day. We did this by ensuring work was carried out behind fully encapsulated scaffolds and protective hoardings, using night shifts as required. This also helped reduce dust and noise pollution.
To maintain the safe and continuous operation of the station, works were phased. Phase one included the significant demolition of some of the existing buildings, including the front of the station. Next, the team were tasked with constructing the newly extended concourse and a new basement, this then allowed the erection of the steel frame to enable the platforms to be extended. The 26 metre platform extension means the station can now accommodate longer trains and a higher footfall.
Utilising Building Information Modelling (BIM)
BIM was used to improve project delivery. The team utilised it to undertake a full clash detection and co-ordination review as well as for 4D planning to review work progress. A virtual walkthrough was also used and BIM 360 field allowed snags to be flagged, site diaries to be kept and quality control to be maintained.
The new Whitechapel station is a key interchange hub on the Elizabeth line, serving thousands of passengers per day.
It is one of ten new stations constructed for the Elizabeth line (constructed as part of the Crossrail project) and for the first time, provides step-free access which will benefit visitors to the internationally renowned Royal London Hospital situated just across the road.
The new station means that Whitechapel will be a short 3-minute train ride away from Canary Wharf, a 7-minute ride to Tottenham Court road and a 36-minute ride to Heathrow when the Elizabeth line opens.
This project was delivered by a joint venture consisting of Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and VINCI Construction (BBMV). Works included the new station bridge concourse and a new ticket hall, behind a retained Victorian façade. In addition, the platforms of the existing Hammersmith & City and District lines were also upgraded.
Along with the main station works, the contract also involved constructing new shafts and platforms for the Elizabeth line tunnels, as well as the related architecture and mechanical and electrical infrastructure. Piling works were carried out in-house by Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering alongside Bachy Soletanche, while the mechanical and electrical work was installed by Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick.
The new station has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certificate, reflecting the strong emphasis on sustainability throughout its construction and into its operations.
Sustainable solutions implemented on the new station include low energy light bulbs and wood and aggregates from sustainable sources. The escalators also switch to a low energy mode and reduce their speed during quiet times to reduce their energy use. A green roof was also installed and planted with sedum seeds, to help improve air quality and biodiversity in the area.
The arrival of the Elizabeth line is part of a masterplan to regenerate the Whitechapel area, through the delivery of 3,500 new homes and 5,000 new jobs.
The station is situated in the heart of the area with homes, shops and a school, amongst other public services nearby. To ensure that construction works did not negatively impact local residents and other stakeholders, we liaised closely with them throughout the project.
We also scheduled our works to ensure the London Underground and London Overground lines in the existing station continued to operate as normal, making Whitechapel an incredibly complex construction challenge.
of structural steel work used
1 of 10
new major stations for the Elizabeth line
The world’s first high voltage direct current interconnector in a live rail tunnel, increasing energy transmission capacity between the UK and France.
In consortium with Pysmian Group, we have installed two 65km long electricity cables between France and the UK through the Channel Tunnel, allowing both countries to share costs of creating and distributing power.
The ElecLink interconnector will have a 1GW capacity, providing enough energy to power more than 1.65 million households per year. This will enhance both the UK and France’s energy capacity and security, helping the two countries to meet their current and future energy needs and potentially lead to cheaper fuel costs.
This is the first non-subsea link between mainland Europe and the UK that utilises existing infrastructure to ensure zero impact on the marine environment.
Innovative cable management
To mitigate the challenges of working on a live railway, our in-house experts developed an automated cable management system. The innovative system used articulated cable carriages mounted on a monorail system which pulled the cable through the tunnel, improving productivity and reducing manual handling risks.
Each cable drum, weighing 70 tonnes and 2.5km in length, had to be carefully unwound and jointed to the next to maintain continuous productivity and meet our customers completion requirements.
In addition to the two main cables, a number of ancillary communication and performance monitoring cable systems have also been installed.
Bespoke engineering works train
Before the cables could be pulled into the tunnel, the team installed a hexagonal monorail which was installed using 10,000 galvanised steel brackets and 40,000 bolts. The monorail contained 28,000 carriages which were fabricated by Painters Brothers – Balfour Beatty’s in-house structural steelwork fabricators.
We designed and manufactured a bespoke engineering works train to automate the installation process. The 12-wagon train had three automated arms mounted to simultaneously drill all the holes for each bracket at once. This enabled the team to drill and install the full length of the tunnel within four hours, improving output rates by 10 times compared to a traditional manual installation.
The design of the works train considered speed, efficiency, ergonomic working and the safety of the operatives through the reduction of manual handling, working from height and hand arm vibrations.
The project has seen a range of bespoke equipment being used, including the works trains, bespoke drives and hauling units. One of the most remarkable pieces of equipment was the tunnel jointing train, delivering a task that had never been achieved before.
Our collective team of experts developed a train that raised the jointing teams up to the crown of the tunnel and surrounded them in a climate controlled building. This enabled for the very sizeable and heavy cables to be extracted, manipulated and then held in a position within the two jointing platforms.
Within a 57 hour full blockade, both cables were successfully jointed suspended 5m up in the air and encased in an environment specifically controlled for climate and quality.
Always looking for ways to make a difference in their local community, the ElecLink team has supported the Pilgrims Hospice with a number of fundraising activities such as a raffle to name the works trains.
The Pilgrim’s Hospice, based in Canterbury, is East Kent’s largest hospice charity helping people who face incurable illness. The team raised over £15,000 for the charity over the years they were on site.
galvanised steel brackets installed
raised for local hospice
This $666 million project for Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will rebuild and widen Interstate 35E south of downtown Dallas and widen U.S. 67 between I-35E and I-20 and the I-35E/U.S. 67 split.
With around 218,000 vehicles using the road per day, the project aims to decrease congestion, enhance travelling safety, support traffic operations, address roadway deficiencies and increase connectivity.
As an equity member of the Pegasus Link Constructors (PLC) joint venture with Fluor Corporation, we are responsible for the design and construction of the project that increases the capacity of 11 miles of roadway to meet the needs of road users and enhance road safety through rebuilding and smoothing out existing sharp curves and adding shoulders.
Scope of work
To complete the various works taking place, the project requires extensive earthwork, drainage, retaining wall construction and bridge and pavement improvements.
To widen the road, the team are expanding the I-35E from four to five general-purpose lanes in each direction while adding two reversible, non-tolled express lanes in the centre of the corridor. The express lanes will be useful for additional lanes in and out of the downtown area during peak travel times, which occur during morning and evening rush hour.
Similarly, the US.67 from I-35E to I-20 will also gain a third, general purpose lane in each direction. The existing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on US.67 will be rebuilt to provide a reversible, non-tolled express lane in the centre.
The project broke ground on February 2018 and is on schedule for completion in 2022.
Initially, TxDOT anticipated acquiring over 12 acres of right-of-way but this was reduced to just 3.6 acres to limit the negative construction impacts to the local community. PLC and TxDOT also developed a phasing plan to keep construction progressing and traffic moving while carrying out utility relocations.
PLC is also building the foundation of the Southern Gateway Park, a five-acre green space that will serve as a catalyst for economic development and community revitalisation. Once open, it will serve as another visual gateway into the city and as a gathering point for the local community and those visiting the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. Amenities are set to include a skate and recreation area, bike rental kiosks, open-air performance pavilion and a children’s garden.
vehicles using the road a day
of roadway to be upgraded
Balfour Beatty, in joint venture with Fluor Corporation, is helping relieve congestion, provide local connectivity, and improve safety for users of the I-635 in Dallas, Texas.
In 2019, we were awarded the $700 million design, construction and maintenance of the interstate. The I-635 East project will see the reconstruction and widening of 11 miles of interstate highway from US 75 to I-30 (including the I-635/I-30 interchange).
We are widening and adding general purpose lanes, increasing from eight to ten. The interstate highway will also be upgraded to consist of 12 lanes in total with the construction of two continuous frontage roads. The team will also reconstruct existing tolled managed lanes, service roads and make various intersection improvements. Works began in spring 2020 with approximately 500 jobs predicted for craft workers at the peak of construction.
The road was originally built in 1969 and since then the area has become one of the fastest growing economies in the country, making it one of the state’s busiest metropolitan roads. Initially designed to accommodate up to 180,000 vehicles a day, demand has increased with around 230,000 daily users, requiring improvements to be made.
As part of the state-wide Texas Clear Lanes initiative, the I-635 East project is organised to address the most congested roadways in the state’s metropolitan areas. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is addressing the gridlock issue for drivers state-wide, collaborating with local transportation leaders to identify critical road projects.
daily road users
Forming a key part of the regeneration of the former Royal Arsenal site, the new station provides links to Canary Wharf, central London and beyond for 56,000 passengers a day.
The new station is located on the site of the Royal Arsenal which was home to a military academy and previously used for the manufacture of guns and explosives, munitions testing and production of medals including the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ which was given to the next of kin of those killed during World War One.
The station’s design subtly references the military past of the site through features including the brick-built structure which reflects the brickwork of the Woolwich Arsenal Buildings. The cladding on the external façade also includes images of the Britannia and the Lion which featured on the ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ medal, and the pillars in the station concourse feature tiled motifs in the colours of the Royal Engineers and Royal Artillery regiments that were originally based on the site.
To prepare the site for the construction of the 276 metre-long station box by Berkeley Homes, our in-house specialists, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering delivered the diaphragm walls and bearing piles. Following completion of the station box we went on to complete and fit-out the new station which included plant installation and finishing works at the two portals where the new trains surface from the Thames Tunnel.
The new station is key to the wider regeneration of the Royal Arsenal site which includes 3,750 new homes, as well as new cultural, heritage, commercial and leisure facilities. Opening on to Dial Arch Square, the station is linked to the wider town centre via a green space and impressive public realm.
Our apprentices and graduates experienced working across the whole project lifecycle, from civil engineering and construction through to architectural finishes and the installation and testing of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. This equipped them with the skills and experience to further their careers on other major infrastructure projects.
4.8 million hours
without a RIDDOR reportable incident
new Crossrail stations
Gammon, our 50:50 joint venture, was appointed as Management Contractor of the M+ Museum located on the West Kowloon waterfront, Hong Kong.
The one-of-a-kind building boasts 17,000m2 of exhibition space and consists of a 14-storey tower over a 3-storey podium and a 2-storey basement. The many collections of visual art located in the museum’s 33 galleries will open to the public at the end of 2021. As one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, it is a masterpiece of engineering and design.
The new museum also includes three cinemas, a Mediatheque (multimedia library), a learning hub and a research centre alongside other facilities to interest those who may not have an eye for fine art.
To ensure safe and efficient project delivery, Gammon adopted an ‘integrated digital project delivery system’ that included implementing many advanced technologies before construction started. One of the main challenges the team faced was building over the tunnels of two existing live railways. Using 3D scanning and Building Information Modelling (BIM) eased the difficulty of this task and allowed the team to prepare for the delivery of the project.
As well as utilising digital tools, off-site manufacturing techniques and modularisation were used to help make delivery more efficient and improve standards of quality.
of exhibition space
employed at the peak of works
(c. £551.9 million) project value
We have successfully delivered a new £60 million learning and teaching facility, linking two of the University’s existing buildings with a new build element to create a facility fit for the 21st century.
We delivered the refurbishment and extension of the existing Grade II listed Architecture building and the neighbouring Colville building. Our works involved linking the two together with a new-build element to create a modern teaching space which also celebrated the original architecture. Our in-house specialists, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, provided the mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new state-of-the-art learning hub.
The new facilities include a large-scale teaching space, a learning village for individual study, student facing support services and a modern, purpose-built accommodation for the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association.
The main objective for this scheme was to make a virtue of the existing buildings. Opting for refurbishment over building completely from scratch, we have helped to reduce costs, ensured that the facility was in the most useful and central location and have reduced embodied carbon by 67%.
To help the University meet their sustainability targets and to implement some nature-based solutions, the customer requested a green roof solution. We worked collaboratively with the design team to explore options from design through to installation and today the roof provides a range of benefits including a reduction in the building’s energy consumption, lower air pollution and improved wellbeing.
Through the project, the team worked closely with the University to deliver multiple benefits for students and the local community, this included:
Carbon reduction by choosing refurbishment over new build
Raised for charities
We successfully delivered Forth Valley College’s £56 million Falkirk Campus. Spread across three buildings, the Campus provides state-of-the-art facilities including world-class laboratories, a process training rig, a virtual control room and transmission training centre.
Now operating as the College’s headquarters, the campus is home to more than 2,000 full-time students and specialises in science, maths, engineering and construction subjects as well as care, salon services and health and sport courses.
To provide firm foundations for the campus we utilised our in-house ground engineering and mechanical and electrical expertise and worked with our design partners, GI Energy, to develop the UK’s first ever large scale driven pre-cast energy pile arrangement. This consisted of over 800 thermal loops integrated into the concrete foundation system to create low carbon energy performance.
Working collaboratively with Forth Valley College, our team has successfully created over £20 million worth of social value in the local area. This included recycling 1,098 tonnes of waste and generating £2.22 in the local economy for every £1 we spent. We also developed an ambitious programme to deliver benefits to the local residents, schools and the College itself, as well as boosting the local economy by employing nearby workers and purchasing materials from various community enterprises.
We provided earn and learn opportunities for over 72 apprentices and trainees, helping to create a lasting skills legacy in the area. We also sponsored the Engineering Development Trust, a UK STEM skills charity, to develop a new school STEM educational resource in partnership with the College. Over 160 secondary pupils across the College participated in extra-curricular STEM learning, site experience and mentoring provided by our team and the Engineering Development Trust. Through these initiatives we were able to link our industry with local colleges with the overarching aim to provide a pathway into construction for young people at Foundation Apprenticeship level.
tonnes of waste recycled
apprentices and trainees
spent in the local area
of waste diverted from landfill
We're working with Wokingham Borough Council to provide vital infrastructure upgrades to alleviate congestion and enhance accessibility.
With a growing population and the investment in new schools, leisure facilities, open spaces and 12,000 homes across the borough, Wokingham Borough Council’s £124 million major highways programme will ensure vital infrastructure upgrades are completed to alleviate congestion, improve traffic flow and enhance accessibility in the historic market town of Wokingham.
The four-year package of works includes the planning, design and construction of nine projects which are divided into five schemes. The schemes are being delivered via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework and include:
A highly collaborative approach and a detailed strategy for planning, design and delivery is vital in ensuring we minimise any negative impact on the local community.
Utilising the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework has enabled the Council to access our expertise early, ensuring risks are mitigated and best value solutions identified.
The framework also provides flexibility with the programme of work so that each of the schemes can be delivered in an effective and efficient manner with the least inconvenience possible. This approach coupled with social value embedded throughout the whole project ensures we deliver real benefit to the communities where we are working.
individuals employed on the project at construction peak
students estimated to be engaged by the project team
volunteering days estimated to be completed throughout the duration of the projects
Working as Principal Contractor, we collaborated with the Scottish Government, the military and other contractors to successfully deliver the new temporary NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital at Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus (SEC).
The clinical facility was constructed to provide extra capacity should NHS Scotland require additional flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The scale and speed of the build was astonishing, with the conversion of 24,000m² of the SEC into a space providing 1,036 patient beds and 90 high dependency units. All of this was achieved in just 18 days from standing start to handover.
Construction works included the building of sterile temporary wards, installing and commissioning life-saving oxygen and gas systems, as well as laying 23,000m² of vinyl flooring. Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick supported the delivery of the mechanical and electrical engineering works, which included the installation of 220,000 metres of fiberoptic and structured cabling, 35,000 metres of network cabling for the nurse call system, 2,200 patient call devices, and 1,144 oxygen outlet points.
All works were carried out in accordance with the Site Operating Procedures, which ensured the health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work with and for Balfour Beatty.
"It has taken just over two weeks to design, construct and mobilise NHS Louisa Jordan. This has only been possible thanks to all of our contractors working around the clock to make sure we are ready to support the NHS in Scotland ... because of the efforts of Balfour Beatty and others, we now have a safe, effective and high quality environment which stands ready for patients, if required."
NHS Louisa Jordan
From standing start to first handover
To mobilise the delivery team
Opened eight months ahead of schedule, the £1.5 billion road improvement project upgraded 21 miles of the A14 to three lanes in each direction with four lanes between Bar Hill and Girton. Adding additional capacity, the project helped boost the local and national economy and reduced journey times by up to 20 minutes.
The A14 has been at the cutting edge of using new technology to deliver more effective, safer and sustainable solutions. The A14 Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) - comprised of the contractors; Balfour Beatty, Costain and Skanska and the designers; Atkins and Jacobs and Highways England - adopted innovative and sustainable construction methods, that helped the scheme complete earlier than scheduled. Utilising digital asset management and in-field visualisation software SiteVision, the team planned and designed complex routes for utility diversions in a safe and efficient way, therefore saving time and cost.
Self-driving trucks were tested for the first time in England on this project. The trucks were programmed remotely to follow a pre-determined route and were able to detect and avoid obstacles and other vehicles on the route. The successful trial will help reduce on-site activity in the future.
The IDT have taken environmental commitments seriously and planted two trees for every one that had to be removed for the new road to be built. This resulted in around 900,000 trees and shrubs being planted, helping ensure that disruption to the nearby environment was kept to a minimum.
The team also carefully moved 10,000,000 m³ of earth - equivalent to around four Great Pyramids of Giza - using trained excavator operators who understand the archaeological impact of the work they carried out. This important work allowed areas of historic interest to be investigated or preserved.
At the 2019 British Construction Industry Awards, the A14 team took home awards in the categories of Digital Transformation Initiative of the Year, Productivity Initiative of the Year, Partnership Initiative of the Year as well as winning the coveted Initiative of the Year award.
The team were also presented with three prestigious RoSPA Gold awards, recognising the IDT’s practices and achievements which ensured that staff, supply chain partners and customers got home safely at the end of every working day.
The scheme was the first highways project accepted as a Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Ultra Site. This recognised the team’s commitment to encourage its supply chain to help improve the CCS standards and work innovatively. The project was awarded Ultra Site of the year in summer 2019, highlighting the teams collaborative working.
The project has won 35 awards to date, with other awards including the rescue project of the year 2019, presented by the Current Archaeology awards. These accolades highlight the team’s focus on collaboration, health and safety and keeping the customer at the heart of delivering the project.
of earth moved
of the A14 upgraded
Gammon, our 50:50 joint venture, has helped improve journeys for users of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok (TM-CLKL) road in the New Territories area of Hong Kong.
The TM-CLKL road project comprised of two elements; the Northern Connection – which opened in December 2020 – and the Southern Connection – which opened in 2018. Our team successfully completed a contract within each Connection.
The HK$2.6 billion Northern Connection project included the construction of the tunnel buildings and electrical and mechanical works which serve the 5km constructed tunnel. This includes the tunnel’s ventilation, tunnel and road lighting, central monitoring and control systems. This is the first tunnel in Hong Kong to include a service gallery underneath the carriageway.
The civil engineering and building works included the construction of multiple tunnel buildings, with uses varying from administration and toll control to the maintenance depot and satellite control. The team also completed landscaping works on landfill at both sides of the tunnel.
The HK$8 billion Southern Connection Viaduct contract is part of the 9km TM-CLKL. The project involves the design and construction of a dual two-lane 1.6km sea viaduct between the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facility (BCF) and North Lantau.
The project also included the construction of nine approach viaducts and other associated works including slope improvement, environmental protection and mitigation measures.
To ensure effective working in a safe environment, 70% of the electrical and mechanical works on the TM-CLKL Northern Connection tunnel project were built off-site using modular construction. 3D scanning of the tunnel was carried out to check for any as-built deviation or interfacing elements. This ensured that the requirements for fine adjustment were known in advance and well prepared before installation on-site, promoting safe and efficient working.
dual two-lane sea viaduct
HS2 will see the creation of a state-of-the-art, high-speed railway line, provide the UK with additional rail capacity across the country and play a critical role in the low carbon transport future of the UK.
Our joint venture, Balfour Beatty VINCI, is responsible for extensive earthworks, ground engineering, viaducts and tunnels along a 90 kilometre stretch of the project, working from the south at the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel to the north at the West Coast Main Line tie-in near Litchfield. The 90 kilometre stretch also includes work on a major junction into central Birmingham at Curzon Street.
Reducing carbon emissions
The Washwood Heath Railhead site will see up to 15 freight trains haul 10 million tonnes of aggregate to HS2 construction sites over the course of the project. It is estimated that each freight train will replace approximately 70 lorries, helping to substantially reduce carbon emissions.
Minimising disruption at Washwood Heath
As part of the main works civils contract, Balfour Beatty VINCI will construct a large piling platform for the Bromford tunnel approaches, railway embankments, as well as haul roads at Washwood Heath. The haul roads will help to reduce the amount of vehicles on the public highway- minimising disruption in the local area during the construction works.
Creating jobs in the West Midlands
Not only will the arrival of HS2 benefit users of the service - it will also benefit the local community by creating a substantial number of jobs. Through the delivery of the main civil engineering works contract, Balfour Beatty VINCI is set to be one of the biggest recruiters in the West Midlands with up to 7,000 skilled people required to deliver the contract.
of works carried out
Going from London to Wales, the M4 forms part of the strategic road network in the west of England. It connects people, communities and businesses, carrying on average 130,000 vehicles per day.
Our Balfour Beatty VINCI joint venture is working on behalf of Highways England to upgrade the road to a Smart Motorway between Junction 3 at Hayes and Junction 12 at Theale. The project, the largest of the Smart Motorway schemes and a flagship project for Highways England, will help alleviate congestion through widening the carriageway and replacing 11 bridges to accommodate a new lane where there is no existing hard shoulder.
More reliable journey times
Once complete, the Smart Motorway will help reduce congestion along this key road by smoothing the flow of traffic and improving the reliability of journey times. With more reliable journey times and additional capacity created, the scheme will help to support and facilitate economic growth within the region.
Smart working reduces disruption
Seven of the 11 new bridges will be built alongside the existing structures which will then be demolished. This approach minimises disruption as the existing bridges can remain in use whilst the new structures are built. It also minimises the length of time the road will be closed to traffic as the majority of works do not require road closures.
Digital innovation enables smooth delivery
We’re utilising digital rehearsals to pre-plan the delivery of works to ensure everything goes to plan on site. This involves building a 4D digital model of what is going to be built and maintained, allowing any potential issues to be identified early on and solved before work begins on site. The digital rehearsal is also used to train operatives by simulating construction processes in a controlled environment - improving understanding of what is being delivered before work starts.
Data driven decision making
There’s also a Control Centre on-site that allows the team to track the progress of the project and manage resources. All the digital systems and real-time project data is available within the Control Centre, allowing the site team to quickly make decisions to ensure efficient delivery of works.
Additional road enhancements
It is estimated that additional capacity, in each direction, will accommodate for 1,500 vehicles per hour with 38 high visibility emergency areas available. As well as 131 new gantries being installed, there will also be 17-miles of new, upgraded or repaired environmental barriers.
of new Smart Motorway
We are creating efficient access for passengers and reducing congestion at one of the world’s busiest airports - LAX.
With responsibility for the 30-year design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the LAX Automated People Mover (APM) project, we are committed to helping Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) deliver its wider Landside Access Modernization Program.
The project delivers six APM stations along a 2.25-mile guide way that links the LAX terminals to the to-be-constructed, consolidated rent-a-car facility. Driverless vehicles will transport passengers every two minutes during peak periods with various parking garages and an on-site APM maintenance facility to ensure unencumbered operations. The APM will also link into the wider LA Metro system, allowing arriving LAX passengers easy public transport access to downtown Los Angeles.
The new line will have capacity of up to 10,000 passengers per hour. LAWA anticipates that it will carry 85 million passengers per year providing a modern, reliable solution to help ease vehicle congestion and emissions in the terminal loop.
To enable electric trains to run from Bristol to Cardiff, we electrified 77km of the Great Western Railway line on behalf of Network Rail.
Making a significant contribution to Network Rail’s 275km long Greater West Electrification Programme, our expert team designed and constructed over 4,200 masts and booms to hold the 643km of cabling required to electrify the route between Bristol and Cardiff.
Delivering the project to schedule and with minimal disruptions to train services, our teams worked around the clock for almost two and a half years. Many activities took place through the night whilst services were paused, as well as during bank holidays and weekends.
We successfully completed our works in January 2020, a milestone marked by the first electrified train running out of Cardiff Central Station.
Great Western Railway trains between Bristol and Cardiff now use energy efficient electricity instead of diesel, resulting in a more sustainable, quieter and cost-efficient railway.
Technology delivers efficiencies
We employed the latest technology and innovations in design, construction and rail plant to drive efficiencies and enhance safety throughout the project.
Our team introduced the eviFile system to monitor and manage our quality performance. The platform allowed field engineers to locate their position along the track to ensure installations were carried out as designed and to high levels of quality. The team were also able to quickly search reports using hashtags to save time.
The system was in constant development, resulting in new features being added as potential improvements were identified. This meant that the software was fully optimised and customised for the team.
“Balfour Beatty was chosen because it could deliver a more consistent and cost-effective solution for the client."
Francis Paonessa, Managing Director of Infrastructure Projects, Network Rail
masts designed and built
Gammon, our 50:50 joint venture, is delivering the expansion works at Hong Kong International Airport. Valued at approximately HK$12.88 billion, this project is their largest single contract to date.
The works include expansion of the Terminal 2 building, an annex structure, interconnecting bridges, landside transport facilities including viaducts and roads, underground utility services, footbridges and modification works to existing facilities at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The provision of building services and airport systems also form a major part of the works.
The contract is part of the Three-runway System (3RS) project at HKIA and will ultimately see Terminal 2 expanded to become a full-service terminal, providing both arrivals and departures services.
Our construction proposal focuses on off-site and modular solutions, especially for electrical and mechanical aspects and many of the internal fit-out elements of the main building such as check-in islands, retail shopfronts and link bridges. We'll also be applying a kit-of-parts approach with a high degree of standardisation to a number of areas. These approaches allow us to simplify and reduce complex construction activities and provide a significant reduction in on-site labour requirements to improve both safety and the logistics of operating in the airport environment.
On this project, a number of in-house digital innovations will be used to support delivery including an off-site fabrication monitoring solution, concrete management system and sensors that track plant behaviour to ensure maximum productivity.
people employed at peak of works
working for HKIA
HS2’s new c. £1 billion Old Oak Common station will become the UK’s best-connected rail station once completed.
Our Balfour Beatty VINCI SYTRA joint venture will be responsible for the final design, construction and commissioning of the station in North West London.
Upon completion, the new station will boast six underground platforms and up to eight platforms on the adjacent Great Western Main Line. Old Oak Common will also provide high speed rail services to the Midlands, central London, Scotland and the North, as well as direct services to three major airports.
Incorporating passenger and retail facilities, the new station will provide an exceptional customer experience for both passengers and visitors to the station.
Construction of the iconic station will support up to 65,000 jobs and 25,000 homes in the local area, helping kick-start one of Britain’s largest regeneration projects and transforming the former railway and industrial area. A new public park will also be situated to the west of the station, which will act as a green space that welcomes visitors to Old Oak Common and provide a new focal point for the growing community. At peak of construction, the project will employ a direct management team of 140 and a wider workforce of approximately 2,500.
Along with improving the local area, Old Oak Common station will also help ease congestion and over-crowding on existing lines, therefore dramatically increasing rail capacity across the UK.
6 underground platforms
approximate size of construction workforce
The electrification of the Caltrain rail corridor that connects San Jose to San Francisco will improve the service, capacity and reliability of the transit system. It will remove the current diesel trains and help implement the future of high-speed rail in California.
Improving passenger services
We are providing design and build services for the electrification of the 52-mile Caltrain corridor. As part of this, we are upgrading various aspects of the commuter rail service which runs through San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties – as well as 17 cities along the corridor. The upgrades will improve the performance, operating efficiency, capacity, safety, sustainability and reliability of the rail service.
Minimising passenger disruption through efficient working
A 25kv AC Overhead Catenary System (OCS) will serve as the power source for the new electric vehicles that will carry commuters throughout the area. The OCS will be powered by two traction power substations, one switching substation and seven paralleling substations. Whilst ensuring minimal disruption to the 92 daily Caltrain trains serving over 65,000 commuters, we will also replace signal systems and earth existing facilities as part of the process to electrify the 52 miles of existing corridor.
In mid-2020, the team completed two of the longest electrical wire runs on the project in record time. Instead of using traditional methods, the team used a wire train – a self-driven maintenance vehicle – to help them install the OCS wires safely and more efficiently. This resulted in the team being able to string two wires extending about 5,800 feet in one day, a rate much higher than traditional methods.
AC Overhead Catenary System
Balfour Beatty has an 80% share in the 10-year alliance responsible for the development, design and delivery of track renewals and crossings, as well as associated infrastructure works across the London North West, London North East and East Midland routes.
The alliance between Network Rail, Balfour Beatty, Atkins and TSO has been created to make a positive impact on the UK track renewals industry by drawing on the strengths of all alliance partners and collaborative working.
Bringing together the companies’ deep domain knowledge and experience in critical rail infrastructure and track renewals, the alliance will deploy innovative working methods. This includes a digital management platform incorporating mechanised processes and digital solutions to realise efficiencies and create a more reliable railway infrastructure.
Here are a few highlights from just some of the many projects CRSA has successfully delivered:
year Alliance contract
We financed and built this residential-led mixed-use development within New Cross, Manchester.
The ‘build to rent’ development consists of 274 one, two- and three-bedroom apartments within two buildings positioned around a landscaped courtyard. Residents will be provided with amenities including concierge facilities, resident’s lounges, a gym, and two roof top terraces incorporating private dining pavilions.
Adopting an off-site construction approach resulted in 107,500 hours of work being removed from site – helping to reduce safety risks and waste produced on-site as well as reducing disruption to the local community. As part of this approach, the precast concrete frame and façade were manufactured at a factory only six miles from the project site, helping to reduce carbon emissions associated with the project.
A great location
The development is within a five-minute walk of the vibrant and creative Northern Quarter district which offers a range of independent designers, bars and restaurants. It is also within easy reach of Piccadilly Gardens, Market Street and Shudehill interchange for connections to the extensive bus and Metrolink services, as well as Manchester Victoria train station.
The development follows the principles set out by Manchester City Council within the New Cross Neighbourhood Development Framework to help bring forward the regeneration of the area.
On behalf of joint venture delivery partners National Grid and Energinet, we’re delivering onshore civil engineering works to connect power grids in the UK and Denmark and improve the security of electricity supply.
As part of the four-year contract, we’re installing 68km of high voltage cabling across Lincolnshire; connecting power grids in Denmark to the UK grid via Bicker Fen substation.
Drawing on years of experience and our in-depth knowledge in delivering complex high voltage cabling projects, we're working collaboratively with National Grid and Energinet to develop a comprehensive solution to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of the project.
Upon completion, the project will form part of the wider 765km Viking Link which will supply sustainable electricity for 1.4 million homes in Britain. The Viking Link will contribute to the UK Government’s commitment to reduce all greenhouse emissions to net zero by 2050 by providing access to a well-developed, low-cost renewable energy market.
of high voltage cabling
We are constructing a new high-voltage substation for National Grid to facilitate the flow of 2 GW of renewable and low-carbon energy.
Littlebrook substation is an integral part of the UK electrical system, delivering electricity to 1.5 million homes and businesses across the Southeast of England. Originally built in 1977, the facility was no longer operating in line with National Grid’s low carbon targets.
Balfour Beatty were awarded the contract to design and build a replacement substation. This included the installation of cabling, overhead line connections and switchgear – the circuit board used to control, protect, and isolate electrical equipment.
We combined our engineering expertise from across the Balfour Beatty to provide our customer with a seamless team delivering all aspects of works, including:
The existing facility was becoming difficult to maintain due to its reliance on greenhouse gas sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), a gas commonly used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and to keep the network safe and reliable.
The new substation will use the next generation of cleaner gas insulating technology 'g3' developed by National Grid. Just by replacing 1kg of SF6 with 1kg of g3 equals a saving of one car circling the earth four times.
Keen to give something back to the local community, the team helped a local school create an inviting area for outdoor science, design and technology projects. The previous area was not fit for use with an unstable shed, rotten planters and weeds.
Using recycled materials, the team created flower beds and erected a fence around the enclosed area and purchased a new shed and stone chippings. Once complete, the school hosted a grand opening for teachers and children which involved some planting of crops as part of their involved learning.
In addition, the team partnered with Dartford YMCA to donate Easter eggs for local children and a dishwasher for a new community café.
of CO2 emissions saved during construction
of renewable and low-carbon energy
As part of Europe’s largest infrastructure scheme at the time, we worked in joint venture with BeMo Tunnelling, Morgan Sindall and VINCI Construction to deliver early access shafts and sprayed concrete lining for the station tunnels.
Whitechapel – a key interchange hub
The Elizabeth Line (previously known as Crossrail) is a major new rail link project designed to provide a world-class, affordable railway. It will provide a high-frequency, convenient and accessible service that connects the City, Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to commuter areas across London.
The major construction works for the project included the construction of the Whitechapel and Liverpool Street station SCL tunnels. Associated works included the shafts and adits, platform tunnels, Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) reception chambers and launch chambers, cross passages, access passages, escalator barrels, ventilation ducts and a link passage from the new Liverpool Street station to the London Underground Northern Line in Moorgate station. The works also included the construction of four compensation grouting sites in the vicinity of Liverpool Street station and one compensation grouting shaft in the vicinity of Whitechapel station.
Realising the benefits of off-site construction
Over 259 horizontal distribution service modules comprising of heating, chilled water, water services and containment were manufactured and installed by our in-house team. This removed over 11,000 hours of work from site, reduced working at height requirements and improved quality.
Whitechapel is one of Crossrail’s most ambitious new stations, but it is also one of the most challenging, with a raft of improvements being delivered in a tightly-constrained and highly-populated area. In order to deliver the works, the Balfour Beatty, BeMo Tunnelling, Morgan Sindall plc and VINCI Construction joint venture employed various innovative solutions. These included the bespoke ‘Uphill Excavator’, which enabled construction of the shafts from the bottom up, much earlier and more safely than would have been possible with traditional downhill methods.
The approach was recognised as a game-changing innovation with the award of the Product Design Innovation accolade at The British Construction Industry Awards in 2015, as well as receiving the Technical Design of the Year and Product and Equipment of the Year awards at the 2015 NCE Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards.
Service modules manufactured offsite
Hours of work removed from site
Once complete, this £214 million project will help transmit low carbon energy to six million UK homes and businesses on behalf of National Grid.
Balfour Beatty will design, supply, install, test and commission a new overhead line which will form a critical element for the Hinkley Point C connection (HPC) scheme. Spanning 48km across the Mendip Hills in Somerset, the new 400kV overhead lines will transmit energy from Hinkley Point C new nuclear facility to Avonmouth substation.
To deliver this scheme, we bring together expertise from across Balfour Beatty including our civil engineering, power transmission & distribution and ground engineering teams.
Awarded through National Grid’s Overhead Line Design and Build Framework, the contract forms a vital part of the HPC scheme, linking the new nuclear reactor to the national grid.
The project will use National Grid’s new T-Pylon design, marking the first time this technology has been used on a live transmission asset. The new T-Pylon design significantly improves efficiency, reliability and safety by vastly reducing the need for working at height.
We are also working on the Hinkley 400kV Cable Works (Mendips) contract, a critical part of the Hinkley Point connection scheme, which will connect the new HPC reactor to the national grid.
kilometres of overhead lines
innovative T-Pylons installed
Balfour Beatty is delivering essential works to upgrade the 1,047km of underground network that keeps London moving.
To ensure the continued reliability of the London Underground network, the contract will see investment in critical assets and the delivery of strategic enhancements. This includes the renewal of 13 kilometres of ballasted track and associated drainage, signalling, traction power and rail conductor works.
We were first appointed to deliver track renewals on behalf of Transport for London in 2010, with the contract extended in 2019 for an additional four years.
Our detailed knowledge and experience of London Underground’s infrastructure and systems, as well as our commitment to championing innovation, was instrumental in securing the contract.
Throughout the programme of works, we will introduce new measures and technologies such as remote surveying systems and viewing software to generate significant efficiencies while continuing to safely deliver the highest standard of work and reducing any potential disruption to the travelling public.
kilometre London Underground network
years upgrading the London Underground
We’re refurbishing one of Scotland’s most iconic structures to secure it for generations to come
The 525-foot long, Grade A-listed North Bridge was originally constructed in the late 1800’s. After many years of heavy use, exposure to the elements and limited maintenance due to poor access, the iconic structure has started to crumble.
Due to the growing risk to both pedestrians and the railway that passes beneath the bridge, The City of Edinburgh Council commissioned Balfour Beatty to carry-out the refurbishment of the historic three-arch bridge via the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework. Works include:
Once completed the works will extend the lifespan of the bridge and remove the need for further maintenance work for approximately 25-years.
The bridge sits above Waverley railway station and railway lines and provides a vital connection for both vehicles and pedestrians between the old and new towns, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The logistics of maintaining access required careful consideration, collaboration and management. Utilising a suite of digital tools has helped us to mitigate and manage risk and minimise disruption to ensure successful project delivery. Using BIM we created a BIM Execution Plan to help inform buildability decisions and clash detection. 3D laser scanning and drones helped us to model the bridge to support the council with planning and support with future maintenance on the bridge.
“As part of our broader plans to create a people-focused Capital under the long-term City Centre Transformation programme, the road running over the bridge will eventually benefit from active travel improvements, connecting to our growing network of walking and cycling-friendly routes."
Councillor Lesley Macinnes
Transport and Environment Convener
The City of Edinburgh Council
local jobs created
waste diverted from landfill
Gammon, our 50:50 joint venture, is creating Hong Kong’s first year-round, all-weather water park at Tai Shue Wan for Ocean Park Corporation.
Covering an area of over 693,000 square feet, the Ocean Park Water World project includes construction of the main building structure and fit-out and installation of various indoor and outdoor attractions.
The team will also deliver mechanical and electrical services installation and other building services work to support the water park’s specialist systems including wave generators and a water filtration plant.
Lean technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) are being utilised to maximise efficient coordination of works across the project.
To help bring independence to the San Bernardino area, this design & build project will enhance the region’s water supply, while providing an opportunity for the district to self-manage its wastewater management and ground water recharge source. It will also educate the community about the treatment process.
The state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility will produce Class B biosolids, food to waste energy source and water to recharge the natural groundwater aquifer. The plant is designed to treat eight million gallons of water per day and at peak processing will be able to treat 10 million gallons of water per day.
Balfour Beatty, along with lead designer and engineer-of-record, Arcadis, and architect-of-record, Ruhnau Clark Architects, is also providing the District with architecture, design, construction and operations. The team designed the facility with emphasis on efficiency, economics, reliability, flexibility and sustainability, with flexibility to be upgraded as future needs evolve.
The construction team broke ground in October 2018 and the project is expected to be complete in 2021.
Gallons of water treated per day
Having been appointed to deliver the Early Works contract, we were awarded the £267 million Midland Metropolitan University Hospital contract by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
The hospital is a nine-floor, state-of-the-art building, and is the largest acute care hospital in the region, with approximately 700 beds for inpatients, an emergency department, theatres, diagnostic suites, labs, research and education centres. Over half a million people will be able to receive acute and emergency care from teams that will also provide paediatric, maternity, and inpatient adult care.
The new mega-structure will have a gross internal floor area of approximately 85,924m² with the completion of the external façade and all associated mechanical, electrical and plumbing services, delivered by Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick.
To help keep the project on schedule and reduce the risk of delays, we have adopted an innovate construction progress tracking process. Across the site, the design models have been linked using QR codes to integrate with our field based digital tool, BIM 360 Field. This allows the delivery team to scan the QR code using the BIM 360 Field application and update the status of their activities. This results in work being reviewed, and status’s updated in real time - helping the team to effectively manage the project.
The team has also been using OpenSpace which has created greater efficiency, safety and value with the use of a 360° camera mounted to a pole or hard hat. The camera captures site progress providing accurate and easy retrieval of key construction activity records. Other benefits include progressive validation, timelapse analysis and encourages collaboration between all stakeholders.
Our client Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust were impressed with how we utilised digital Construction methods on this project. They said, “The engineering systems within are extremely complex and communication of this design within the digital environment has greatly assisted the client team in ensuring the subsequent build is compliant and maintainable. It is clear this has been an integrated approach from the outset of their involvement, with a suite of software selected that is adding value and working in compliment with each other.”
From the outset we have engaged with the Trust, creating a ‘one-team’ approach. We began open discussions with the Trust to ensure that the contracts terms were right for both parties. We held weekly executive update meetings and mapped our senior team to the client’s team, showing commitment at all levels of the business and established relationships quickly. We also held weekly meetings with our senior managers and the Trust to ensure issues were resolved as soon as possible.
Rachel Barlow, Director of System Transformation Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust expressed, “I have worked with the Balfour Beatty team over the last 10 months on the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital project. The very nature of this project, right from the start (fast track procurement and mobilisation due to the former contractor entering liquidation), meant that early engagement with us and throughout the supply chain was critical to getting the project back on site. Any major scheme will face challenges and Balfour Beatty’s collaborative approach is essential to the success of the project.”
internal gross floor area
We are developing affordable housing, private housing and rental properties on the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Development Agreement is with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).
This project includes the build and finance of 1,800 homes at the London Olympics venue as part of the redevelopment of the site. This project is a milestone, marking the company’s entry as an investor and developer into the UK’s regeneration and housing sector.
This is a 50:50 joint venture with property management and development group Places for People. The project will see the creation of 450 affordable homes, 530 private homes and 540 rental properties to be built and divided into two neighbourhoods, called East Wick and Sweetwater. Each neighbourhood will include shops, restaurants, offices, workshops and public spaces.
units across four blocks in phase one
We’ve installed a new bridge to improve connectivity and reduce the journey time from Springhead Park to Ebbsfleet International station.
The 87-metre long bridge has two vehicle lanes as well as pedestrian footpaths and a cycle path. Completed in Spring 2020, the bridge reduces pedestrian journey times to Ebbsfleet International station from 20 minutes to around seven minutes.
Springhead Bridge is a key piece of strategic infrastructure that spans over Ebbsfleet river where there is an abundance of wildlife, including mallards, coots, and butterflies. To prevent damage to the ecosystem and to minimise disruption to local wildlife an ecologist was employed to work alongside the project team. Work was also programmed to avoid noise that would impact on the bird nesting season. Prior to construction, a special barrier was installed to prevent reptiles and amphibians from entering the site.
Archaeological items from over 2,000 years ago were also discovered at the site where the new bridge has been constructed.
The project, which was delivered via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework, formed part of a development plan that will see up to 15,000 new homes built in the area to create a 21st century Garden City in North Kent.
Throughout the project we worked with the local community to provide a range of employment and skills opportunities. We created work placements for two students, engaged with 2,590 students from local schools, colleges and universities and donated eight tonnes of topsoil to a local charity to support the creation of a new community garden.
A regular newsletter was also circulated to stakeholders and residents to keep them informed on the project’s progress.
The project has won bronze in the Building and Construction category at the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice 2019, recognising the installation of a pontoon bridge across the river for the workforce that eliminated unnecessary vehicle movements as well as the diversion of 8,000m3 of non-hazardous soft material from landfill by sending it to a local land restoration site and the use of approved recycled crushed concrete for all under-road construction.
Space on the North side of the project was limited. The adjacent access road, embankment and High-Speed rail line always had to be kept clear, so engineering precision was needed throughout. Engineers worked within only a few millimetres to ensure the steel beams fitted correctly.
Working over the water and constantly pumping out while maintaining a clean water course was also undertaken in order to comply with the Environmental Agency’s requirements.
"From the early concept stage, all parties adopted a collaborative way of working offered through the SCAPE framework and this enabled us to share knowledge, expertise and build trust and understanding from the outset."
EDC Director, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
million social value generated
of topsoil donated to local community garden project
We completed the restoration of Seahouses Main Pier to safeguard homes, businesses and the harbour from the risk of sea flooding and costal erosion for another century
Seahouses Main Pier was originally constructed in 1889 to support the lime and fishing industries. Today, the pier, harbour and adjacent coastal frontages play a vital role in supporting the area’s local community and tourism industry.
Exposure to the elements and constant erosion from the sea had left the pier structure in very poor condition. After experts estimated that the pier only had 10-15 years of usable life remaining, Northumberland County Council commissioned Balfour Beatty to deliver the restoration works. Our works involved:
Delivered via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework, the restoration of the pier helps to safeguard the harbour's fishing and tourism industries for another 100 years and protects approximately 26 businesses and 139 homes from the risk of sea flooding and coastal erosion.
Early contractor involvement enabled all parties to work collaboratively to design a programme that would not only deliver value for money but balance cost and programme whilst reducing both construction and environmental risks.
This early involvement, as well as liaison with several agencies and the local community, played a key part in developing a robust strategy that ensured access to the pier was maintained for the 150,000 members of the public who embark on Farne Island boat tours.
The pier is located within areas of scientific interest, outstanding natural beauty and special protection. It is also the sole point of access to the Farne Islands; home to breeding birds and England's largest colony of seals.
We worked collaboratively with the Marine Management Organisation and Natural England to minimise and prevent adverse environmental impact throughout the duration of scheme.
“Balfour Beatty’s approach to community engagement was exemplar without any complaints which is a massive achievement in delivering a project of this complexity in a very public location”
Aaron McNeill, FCERM Manager
Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management
Northumberland County Council
properties protected from the risk of sea flooding and coastal erosion
year design life
The £179 million student accommodation development provides 2,113 beds for students and was delivered using the combined engineering expertise of teams from across Balfour Beatty
To create a mix of accommodation to suit the financial and social needs of students, we delivered a mixture of three to six storey cluster flats and three to four storey town houses. The experience of students living in the accommodation will be enhanced through the mixed use facility that includes a student services hub and retail spaces.
As part of our contract we have become the University’s investment partner for the project which is part of a £500 million programme of investment for the campus. As a partner, we have a 50-year lease and lease back with full transfer of risk agreement and have invested 80% of project equity.
Alongside our investment capability, we combined our engineering expertise and technologies from across Balfour Beatty to achieve both programme and cost savings through a holistic approach to construction. We also worked with the client’s appointed team to develop the design with 'buildability' in mind whilst maintaining the architectural vision for the project.
The expertise employed from across Balfour Beatty includes:
Due to the steep slope of the site, a complex cut and fill exercise in ground made up of chalk saw over 30,000m3 of materials taken off site. We were able to find sustainable solutions to the waste that arose. We also managed all other earth and ground works including roads, retaining structures and superstructures to podium slabs.
The installation of services to buildings is crucial to project success as the construction methodology requires drainage and infrastructure services to be in place before building can begin. To make sure this stage of the project was completed efficiently our engineering and mechanical & electrical teams all worked closely to co-ordinate the installations efficiently.
cubic metres of material removed to form the cutting
The new Regional Performance Centre for Sport provides a vital training and competition centre for a wide range of sports.
The new sports complex, which is built around the existing velodrome and Ronnie McIntosh Athletics Stadium boasts several new facilities as well as upgrades to existing facilities. Along with a state-of-the-art sport science suite, the new Centre also features an 80 metre running straight to provide athletes with all-weather training facilities, a multi-sports hub with spectator seating, a strength and conditioning suite as well as indoor and outdoor artificial 3G grass pitches that meet World Rugby and FIFA compliance standards. The facility also features a competition standard athletics track and velodrome which help make the city of Dundee a top-class training venue.
Alongside the sports complex we've built an energy centre that will make a significant contribution to Dundee's vision of being a sustainable city and accelerate the city’s ambitions for the development of a city-wide energy network. The multi-technology energy centre design combines heat pumps, gas combined heat and power, photovoltaic solar panels, solar thermal and large thermal stores for low grade and higher-grade heat combined with gas boilers for peaks in demand and backup.
boreholes drilled at the energy centre
3G grass pitches
We completed vital flood defences to protect homes, businesses and infrastructure in Dundee
Working on behalf of Dundee City Council, we installed vital flood defences to the Dundee Waterfront area between Camperdown Dock and Dundee Airport. A new, set-back, flood defence wall and flood gates were installed using a variety of materials including reinforced concrete and natural stone.
The defences reduce the risk of flooding and provide peace of mind for residents and businesses that properties and infrastructure adjacent to the area will be at a lower risk of flooding in the future.
Making a difference within the local communities
The scheme, which was procured via the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework, produced many benefits to the local community. We actively supported the development of young people through apprenticeships and work experience placements to encourage people to join our industry.
Enhancing public spaces
In addition to the main scope of works to construct new flood defences, several areas along the length of the route were enhanced to create more appealing and useable public spaces for vehicles users, pedestrians and cyclists.
The new flood protection scheme stretches from Camperdown Dock to the Tay Road Bridge and from Discovery Point to the Dundee University playing fields. Throughout the works, the most significant challenge, other than the weather conditions, was the interface with the public. Pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle management were closely co-ordinated with the council to ensure issues were reviewed, mitigated and resolved positively.
of the project workforce lived within a 40-mile radius
spent with local SME's
We designed and built the new award-winning station to provide rail travellers with new facilities and improved connectivity across the Northwest of England.
Completed in 2019, Warrington West train station serves the whole Warrington West area and is a key transport link to the Omega development and Chapelford Urban Village housing estate in Great Sankey, Warrington.
With a high percentage of work-related journeys taken by car, during peak times, the roads in the area were extremely congested. This not only increased the amount of fuel wasted but also contributed to the levels of air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.
The new station was designed to encourage a larger proportion of journeys to be made by rail so easy access on foot and by bicycle, bus and car were all key. The traditional ‘aircraft hangar’ design was just one of the features of the new station which also included:
To support Warrington Borough Council’s carbon reduction goals, the project was designed to not only reduce congestion on local roads but include several energy and resource efficient products:
Recognising the role of the station in reducing carbon emissions and the quality of the construction, the project won both the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation North West Large Project of the Year and the Institution of Civil Engineers Large Project awards.
During the early contractor involvement process, collaborative engineering workshops identified approximately £2 million of savings, including:
With four trains an hour departing from the new station heading towards Liverpool, Warrington central and Manchester, including Manchester airport, the station improves transport links to the area and provides a key link to the rest of the world.
With a growing population and employment base, Warrington’s six train stations have seen a steady rise in passenger numbers. This is credited to improved accessibility to the stations.
Considerate Constructors Scheme score
students engaged through curriculum-based activities
We installed flood defences to protect more than 150 properties from flooding from the River Almond and East Pow Burn.
Almondbank and Lochty have experienced a long history of flooding from the River Almond and the East Pow Burn, with serious flooding events taking place in 1993, 1999 and 2011.
With average annual flood damage estimated at £1.2 million by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Perth & Kinross Council needed to invest in more robust flood defences to protect residential and commercial properties and infrastructure in the town of Almondbank.
The Almondbank Flood Protection Scheme, proposed under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (FRMA), and awarded via the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework was devised to reduce the risk of flooding and provide significant long-term safety, social and economic benefits to the community.
The project involved the creation of a series of flood defences and a temporary flood storage area that would provide protection for the area for a 1:200-year event. Our scope of works included:
The River Almond is a tributary of the River Tay and is designated a Special Area of Conservation. Before work could commence, we consulted with Government bodies to ensure our works met the legal and contractual requirements to protect this environmentally sensitive area.
All risks associated with natural habitats, archaeology, recreation and amenities were minimised through early contractor involvement, data collection and ecological surveys. Some of the long-term environmental benefits of the scheme include the installation of bat and bird boxes in surrounding woodlands, tree planting and the creation of a new habitat for fish to spawn at Pow Burn.
of erosion protection measures installed
social value generated
The project replaces the existing truss swing-bridge with a 65ft vertical clearance bridge. Delivered 9 months ahead of schedule, the new bridge allows traffic to flow smoothly between the mainland and Topsail Island.
The Surf City Bridge replaces an existing steel truss swing-span bridge that opened every hour to allow marine vessels across the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).
The new 29-span, Surf City Bridge has a 65ft clearance to accommodate marine traffic passing below without disrupting vehicle traffic above. It eliminates long lines of traffic during peak tourist season and also includes a pedestrian walkway.
Construction of the new bridge began just south of the existing swing-span bridge in October 2016. To set the first horizontal support girders, the team worked closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to shut down traffic on the ICW. Over the meticulously planned, two-day operation, the 81-tonne girders were moved to the temporary work trestle. They were lifted safely into place by two 275-tonne cranes.
Phase one was the construction of the 29-span bridge, as well as new roundabout intersections, mechanically stabilised earth walls and approaches connecting the new bridge to the existing roadways on the mainland and the island.
Phase two involved tying in the roadways and switching traffic onto the new bridge. During phase three we reduced the roads from three lanes to two and added a 10ft wide multi-use pedestrian path to the new bridge. The existing swing bridge was removed and all materials were recycled.
clearance to accommodate passing marine traffic
Balfour Beatty are delivering one of the most complex marine engineering projects currently taking place in the world to support the construction of the first new nuclear power station built in the UK in a generation.
The project will see the construction of three tunnels under the seabed that will supply the two reactors at Hinkley Point C with cooling water and then discharge it back into the Bristol Channel.
Our experts will use state-of-the-art technology to excavate a total of nine kilometres of tunnel, which will be lined with 38,000 concrete segments forming 6000 lining rings.
The tunnels will be connected to the seabed by vertical shafts and capped with large intake and outfall heads, each weighing close to 5000 tonnes, that allow sea water to pass into the tunnels.
Both the concrete segments and the heads are under manufactured to exacting specifications at a purpose-built state-of-the-art facility at Balfour Beatty’s site in Avonmouth, Bristol.
Three Tunnel Boring Machines will use rotating cutting wheels to excavate two 3.5km intake tunnels and one 1.8km outfall tunnel. As the machine cuts through the rock it will line the tunnel with a ring of concrete segments.
The first of the Tunnel Boring Machines commenced tunnelling in September 2019 and continue for 12 months to construct the first Intake Tunnel.
A further 800 metres of underground access and service tunnels are also being excavated and reinforced using a method known as sprayed concrete lining.
The tunnels will be capped with four intake and two outfall head structures. The largest heads will be 44-metres long (roughly the length of four double-decker buses), around eight metres high and weigh in at just under 5,000 tonnes.
These structures are the most complex and dense reinforcement structures across the Hinkley Point C Project.
A complex dredging campaign will prepare the seabed for the installation of six tunnel heads. The heads will be transported by barge to the Hinkley Point C site from their construction site in Avonmouth. They will then be lowered into place by two of the largest marine cranes in the world, operating from barges bigger than a football pitch.
of tunnel will be excavated
Concrete segments will be used to line the tunnels
The length of the largest outfall and intake heads
Gammon, our 50:50 joint venture, is constructing a manufacturing facility for the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation.
We’re constructing the new nine-storey Advanced Centre which will offer low-cost production facilities for industries to embark on technological innovations. Our works include a two-storey basement, mechanical, electrical and plumbing services, the building façade and a new footbridge connecting the Data Technology Hub of the adjacent site.
A seawater district cooling system will be utilised to cool the entire building in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way.
To ensure the project’s safe and efficient delivery, Gammon will deploy a wide range of innovative technologies and methods including BIM, modularisation and off-site manufacturing techniques to improve safety and quality and contribute to a significant reduction in the duration of the works programme.
Following the successful completion of Science Park Phase 3a, 3b and 3c, this impressive and complex facility for one of Gammon’s long-term customers is designed to meet the increasing need for high-end on demand manufacturing in the region.
square metres of new facility
billion (c. £490 million) project value
We designed and implemented major track and electrification improvements to the Great Western railway.
Our multi-disciplinary teams delivered a range of works for the vital Crossrail project – the new high frequency, high capacity railway connecting London and the South East.
We implemented major track works, civil engineering and Overhead Line Electrification (OLE) for the West Outer section of the line at West Drayton, Slough and Maidenhead.
We constructed and commissioned all track remodelling works, including two new bridges and the design and build of OLE systems.
This line ensures efficient, reliable rail services through the capital. Our electrification works provide a cleaner, quicker train service between Maidenhead and London Paddington. This project is also a key component of the on-going electrification of the Great Western Route.
Innovating for efficiency
Our in-house design teams carefully planned the creation and delivery of the OLE works on site. To do this, we brought together complex material logistics, component types and engineering data into one single system, or ‘Workbank’, to coordinate the works. This innovative tool allowed us to complete works efficiently and on time.
Construction of OLE is a high risk activity, involving working at height and significant manual handling. To ensure safe delivery, the teams worked to engineer out risk wherever possible. For example, we developed a bespoke tool to lift OLE steelwork into place, rather than manually lifting the equipment.
We also successfully moved the scheduled completion date forward through large-scale materials management and accelerated design processes, along with successfully re -sequencing of track works. To ensure minimum disruption to passengers throughout the project, the majority of core engineering works were completed while train services continued.
We created a new dual carriageway and flyover to speed up journeys, improve safety and boost the local economy – benefitting over 35,000 drivers a day
We delivered a series of vital upgrade works to the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury in Kent. The project included widening the road into a dual carriageway, adding two new junctions and creating a flyover to reduce congestion and ensure smooth journeys for road users.
This challenging project was located in an Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty with significant cultural heritage. We used state-of-the-art technology and extensive expertise to ensure safe, environmentally sensitive project delivery.
For example, we used innovative Microsoft Hololens technology to support the design of a new footbridge on the scheme. The mixed-reality headset and visor enables users to visualise an asset before it has been built, providing the opportunity to foresee any challenges which might arise.
The road improvements were carried out to the highest environmental standards to protect the beautiful, protected countryside alongside the road.
Rather than removing ancient woodland and the seed-rich topsoil from the site, our expert teams gently moved the trees and soil to a nearby area using the latest techniques. The hope is that the area’s ecological make up will be preserved.
New areas of heathland are being created in addition to 6 metres of high temporary fencing to help guide bats travelling over the new road while new planting becomes established. We also installed 900 metres of noise barrier environmental fencing and four wildlife ponds during the project. An ancient barn has been carefully taken down and is now being reconstructed and preserved at a heritage museum.
Throughout the duration of the project, the scheme created 11 graduate placements, five apprenticeships and six work experience placements. The Balfour Beatty site team has also helped over 200 school children to understand road safety by providing talks to local schools surrounding the project.
drivers a day
opportunities for the next generation
We are helping to ease congestion and improve journeys at one of London’s busiest rail stations.
At 180 years old, London Bridge is London’s oldest surviving rail terminus. It’s also one of the capital’s busiest, with over 50 million people a year passing through or completing their journey at the station.
Working closely with our customer, Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme, we are modernising the railway systems that run between London Bridge and New Cross Gate to the south. Our works include remodelling track, electrification and minor civil engineering infrastructure across the four-mile stretch.
By transforming this section of railway, we are helping to open London Bridge station up to more frequent, longer trains. The project will ease congestion and improve the journeys of the thousands of passengers who use the station daily.
During this five year project, we will deliver a complete, multi-disciplinary solution that includes design, construction and the necessary plant and machinery. Once complete, we will have installed circa 35km of plain line track, 140 switches and crossings, more than 100 signal structures and over 100 kilometres of cabling.
The work includes the installation of track and electrification for several new platforms, connecting these to the existing infrastructure, as well as removing old trackwork, restoring existing civils structures and dealing with signalling equipment in readiness for the next stages of development.
Our in-house design teams have developed innovative methods of working on such a complex site. This includes operating close to live tracks with limited access points, as well as lifting large structures across the 40m-wide Victorian viaduct that supports the rail tracks.
These works will ensure train operators can provide the high frequency services needed for such a busy interchange, with works taking place alongside live tracks that will continue to run throughout the project.
was the year the station first opened
of new track
new switches and crossings
people use London Bridge Station each year
This modern, energy-efficient building offers spacious housing for students.
We were contracted to provide a sustainable, modern student residence for the University of Birmingham. The project played a key role in reaching the University’s sustainability targets, building on a 20% reduction in carbon emissions across the campus.
We created 725 bedrooms over one 21-storey tower block and three low-rise buildings. Using Building Information Management (BIM) during the planning stages, we ensured value engineering and long-term management solutions.
Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering carried out initial piling works, with Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick providing bespoke pre-fabricated mechanical and electrical units. These units housed ducting, cabling and pipe-work for the building and could be installed quickly on-site ensuring construction was completed within a 103 week programme.
Chamberlain Halls reached the highest Government approved Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. The building achieved a category ‘A’ certificate for energy efficiency through the use of brick cladding for insulation, a copper rain screen and glazed curtain walling to reduce heat loss.
During construction, we delivered a series of talks to engineering students to ensure that they benefited from having a live project on campus. We also provided a week-long module for engineering students, teaching them to plan a temporary works site complete with risk assessments, method statements and safety measures.
Through our partnership with the University we provided placements to students who gained on-site experience.
Completed in103 weeks
We constructed a vital hospital for the local community, creating a patient-centred and flexible healthcare facility.
We financed, designed and built the NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital, located in Irvine in the west of Scotland. This integrated mental health and community development offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient facilities, including 206 beds for inpatients requiring a range of care. The hospital provides services that include adult mental health, addiction inpatient services, rehabilitation and re-enablement services, elderly mental health and long-term support.
We created state-of-the-art accommodation and landscaped courtyards to ensure patient comfort. The layout of the wards was carefully designed to provide a comfortable space for patients and staff. Design features include corridor seating areas overlooking outdoor landscape, customised signage and carefully selected colours, artwork and way-finding to help stimulate the memories of patients.
The project was designed to create an accessible, inspirational facility, using the latest technology to deliver sustainable solutions for our customer. The facility was recognised by the Building Better Healthcare Awards, achieving the Building Class ‘Award for Mental Health Development’.
Balfour Beatty Investments will operate the concession for the facility over 25 years.
Throughout the project, we worked with the local community to engage residents and provide employment opportunities. We created 18 apprenticeships, work experience placements and local careers events. We also ensured that the majority of the contract spend was focused on engaging Scottish-based companies.
Student Accommodation designed to engender community and choice of room type and price.
Holyrood is a postgraduate village at the University of Edinburgh comprising eight individually designed buildings, eight accommodation types and 10 price points. The accommodation includes: cluster flats, residence hall, twin rooms, studios, en-suite/non en-suite rooms, garden rooms and large rooms. Twins and shared bathrooms all add positively to student choice – in particular on price.
Balfour Beatty completed the final phase of the project and the 2016/2017 academic year saw 1,200 postgraduates residing in the new Holyrood Development.
The construction team was led by Balfour Beatty's Scottish arm of UK Construction Services, with the mechanical and electrical input being provided by Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick. To ensure time, labour and cost efficiencies, the on-site Construction team utilised a ‘just in time’ delivery programme. This, coupled with off-site pre-fabrication, ensured delivery of a high quality product.
At its centre is the unique self-catered Residence Hall (RH), where 480 students cook, dine and socialise together - a UK, and possibly European first! The RH is based on the premise that not all students want to live with only a handful of others, or alone.
Each floor has its own lounge, linked internally to the floor below, allowing one quieter space and another more active space, where two floors of residents can mingle.
The RH opened in September 2015 and comments from residents have been extremely positive. Sharing and cleaning issues have been minimal.
“Throughout the delivery of the Project, Balfour Beatty and the University of Edinburgh have worked closely to deliver a world class facility. This delivery is underpinned by the knowledge that we have all worked to deliver a facility that is definitely built to last."
Project Director, Holyrood Student Accommodation SPV Ltd
Our concrete repair specialists used a variety of expert techniques to repair the foundations of this onshore wind farm
Balvac's specialist services were used to keep the turbines stable, minimising safety risks and ensuring they produced the required amount of energy.
The turbines are held in place by a steel ‘can’ embedded into a concrete foundation. We were contracted to repair and reinforce this concrete, helping to keep the turbines secure and ensuring they continue to produce energy. The work was carried out over a three-week period and ensured the smooth operation of the turbines.
We removed damaged concrete from the ‘can’, using precise drilling to access the base of the foundation. We strengthened the remaining concrete by injecting a specialist epoxy resin. The structures were then reinforced and protected from future damage using corrosion inhibitors and specialist sealants.
Balvac repaired this 13th century castle in North Wales, helping to preserve the historic ruin for future generations.
Working with conservation and archaeological specialists, we employed a number of techniques to combat the inclement weather and strong coastal winds weakening the castle’s sandstone walls.
Cracked lintel stones above window openings were pinned following resin injection to prevent further damage and to provide support. We stabilise weak and weathered stones by covering the surface of the walls with a low viscosity sealant. We tied loose masonry in place to prevent falling debris before filling in the joints with mortar and resin, ensuring a longer lifetime for the castle.
We used our expert range of engineering and construction capabilities to deliver a complex NHS facility.
We designed and constructed this RIBA award-winning health campus, transforming healthcare provisions in Birmingham and the West Midlands. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is one of the UK's largest healthcare sites and is home to two important NHS trusts. We created a modern environment to enhance service and ensure patient wellbeing.
With the demands of this busy hospital in mind, we developed and implemented an innovative ward design. Each ward is made up of a series of clusters, which can be combined if necessary to accommodate more patients. All facilities and lifts are positioned expertly for ease of transport and communication between wards. The campus-style layout includes a new 1,213-bed acute hospital, a 137-bed specialist psychiatric hospital and teaching facility, as well as a 21-bed mental health resource.
Over the course of the project, we delivered a wide range of collaborative skills including PFI funding, construction, mechanical and electrical installation, civil engineering and facilities management.
The project was completed on time with several elements delivered early. Our offsite manufacturing facility, Off-site Solutions, helped deliver several sections ahead of schedule. This included the design, manufacture and installation of 600 shower and WC pods, 300 ward modules and 1,800 modules of ducting, pipe work and cabling. This modular approach greatly reduced the need for onsite operations such as hot works, manual handling and working at height. Our in-house piling business, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering delivered 2500 450mm and 600mm diameter CFA piles as well as precast, steel tube and mini piles.
Bright, welcoming and calm, the design of the new hospital is specifically focused around the needs of patients and visitors, making a hospital visit as easy and pleasant as possible.
“We’ve got a fantastic facility. It’s not just fantastic for the staff that work here or the patients of Birmingham. We treat patients from all over the UK, and actually beyond our own shores, and finally they’ve got the hospital they deserve.”
PFI Project Director, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
on site without an accident
of workers came from within a 15-mile radius
of demolition waste was recycled
We delivered south west England’s first Smart Motorway, installing state-of-the-art technology to improve journeys.
As Smart Motorways, the M4 and M5 now respond to traffic conditions to ensure road safety and increase traffic capacity. Innovative cables beneath the road relay information to responsive signs, varying speed limits according to the driving conditions. The hard shoulder is also made available to traffic at particularly busy times of the day.
We refurbished seven existing gantries over the roads and installed 33 new structures, as well as creating six emergency refuge areas.
We also resurfaced over 14 miles of carriageway, installing more than 30 miles of fibre optic cables that transmit the information used to regulate traffic.
Our team developed a unique programme to prevent construction workers being injured while working in close proximity to heavy plant and machinery. Our ‘Zone In’ training workshop included the use of life-sized models, real machinery, on-site video footage of risky behaviour and reconstructions of major incidents. It contributed significantly to the project’s outstanding safety record.
2013 BCIA Award for Safety Excellence
Highway’s Agency inaugural National Major Projects Framework Safety Recognition Award 2013
£88.6 million scheme
miles of fibre optic cables installed
Winner of the H&V News 'Building Services Project of the Year' award, the Institute provides research space with specialist laboratories and offices
Our Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick business delivered all of the mechanical and electrical services for this award-winning building. As a laboratory, the Institute demanded a complex system to deliver close control of temperature, humidity, pressure, vibration and electromagnetic interference.
The building also needed facilities to deal with special requirements such as ultra-pure water, specialist gases, vacuum, compressed air and solvent and acid extraction systems.
Our works included ventilation, heating, cooling, domestic hot water, power, lighting, data, fire detection, security and building management systems.
Using Building Information Modelling, we eliminated waste and re-work by spotting service clashes before work began. Modules manufactured off-site at our Off-site Solutions factory were delivered ready to install, including multi-service corridor modules, plant skids and lab bulk heads that incorporate localised air handling units, pipework, containment and ductwork.
As well as meeting stringent technical requirements, the mechanical and electrical installation also employs a range of energy and resource conserving solutions. This includes reclaiming heat from ventilation to pre-heat the air supply, harvesting rainwater and using extensive energy metering. Photovoltaic cells and lighting control systems further limit energy waste.
£15 million contract
7,600square metre facility
Using multiple piling techniques, we installed over 160 piles to support this 87-storey iconic London skyscraper
At 310 metres high, the Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe. Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering delivered complex piling works for main contractor Mace, forming the first phase of the £2 billion London Bridge Quarter regeneration works.
Working on the site of an existing tower block, our design team developed an innovative solution to overcome the obstruction of existing piles. Secant piles were used to form a retaining wall and carry the vertical load of the structure. A range of firm and structural piles up to 1.8m diameter were also installed at depths of 25 to 50 metres.
We employed a top-down method that allowed us to continue piling work as construction began on the building. Using a unique hydraulic frame, we installed plunge columns of multiple sizes, increased the vertical tolerance of the piles and reduced the overall programme by six months.
£12 million project
8 month duration
166 load bearing piles
We constructed the longest under-land road tunnel in the UK, protecting an important area of scientific interest and returning site to its natural roots.
As part of a 6.8km dual two-lane carriageway, the £371 million Hindhead tunnel was designed to relieve local traffic. The site was also responsible for returning The Devil’s Punchbowl, a site of special scientific interest, to its natural state.
We were involved in the scheme at a very early stage to prepare the design and site planning. This helped us build in cost effective innovation from the start of the project as well as ensuring all environmental concerns were addressed at the right time.
One of the first actions was to remove the wildlife from the construction site, a process that saw 171 reptiles including slow worms, adders and lizards carefully moved to suitable locations. The local population of dormice, badgers, deer, foxes and rabbits were encouraged into new homes.
The project is ‘tree neutral’, with more than 2,173 tonnes of timber removed and replaced by more than 200,000 native-species trees and shrubs. 330,000 cubic metres of earth was reused as embankments, in landscaping and noise-reduction banking.
Once the tunnel was opened, the relevant part of the existing A3 was closed and returned to heathland.
2012 Overall winner, ICE Thames Valley Engineering Excellence Awards
2011 Preservation Award, Tunnels and Tunnelling Awards
dual two-lane carriageway and tunnel
average local employment rate achieved
We created a state-of-the-art training college for the armed forces, developing the local economy and engaging with the local community.
We designed and constructed this new military base and advanced training facility for the Ministry of Defence, working together with our joint venture partner, Kier. The project included detailed design work, demolition, extensive construction, refurbishment of existing buildings and landscaping of the surrounding area.
We delivered new accommodation for military trainees and enhanced training areas, as well as creating a multi-use games area and new sports pitches. The project called for the refurbishment of 36 existing buildings including three hangars and a church. A vacant airbase nearby was also regenerated, becoming an outstanding outdoor training space.
This development has boosted the local economy and encouraged engagement with the surrounding communities. At construction peak, the project employed 1,350 people including service leavers and injured ex-military personnel.
We spent two days with pupils at Lyneham Primary School to educate students about the site. During this visit, we helped construct a conservation area, carried out a plant demonstration and took part in a school assembly.
As part of the redevelopment works, we also created a public memorial garden to pay tribute to servicemen and women.
“MOD Lyneham is a fantastic place to train our military personnel. We’re all proud of the contribution we’re making to the Armed Forces – the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s purpose is to support the armed forces by providing what they need to live, work and train and this project ticks all three boxes in one development.”
Air Vice-Marshal Elaine West
DIO’s Director of Projects and Programme Delivery
of new buildings
of major refurbishment
We designed and built an innovative educational facility that will inspire the next generation of engineers.
The Diamond, home to the University of Sheffield’s faculty of engineering, is a £50 million world-class teaching facility. We delivered this complex design and build project from the initial ground engineering grouting and piling phases through to commissioning the services installation.
The six-storey Diamond includes specialist laboratories, lecture theatres, large scale flexible teaching spaces and integrated formal and informal learning environments. It provides 5,000 study spaces, as well as a chemical engineering pilot plant and analytics laboratories, an aerospace simulation lab and a virtual reality suite.
Our in-house piling company, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, installed 214 rotary bored piles through weak rock and coal seams to support the new building. Using our experience in developing iconic buildings, we created the facility’s impressive façade by producing an exoskeleton suit made up of over 10,000 anodised aluminium components. This reflects the surroundings and gives the building its name.
A priceless opportunity for students
The Diamond was built to offer an unrivalled student experience.
Throughout the construction phase, over 750 engineering students were given a unique opportunity to learn onsite. Many students also attended Building Information Modelling (BIM) sessions to experience first-hand the innovative design and modelling tools used.
A ‘building as a laboratory’ - this efficient facility allows students to understand how the building consumes energy in real-time thanks to sensors placed throughout the building. These sensors will also allow the University to monitor progress towards its target of reducing carbon emissions by 43% by 2020.
engineering students visited the site during construction
Hong Kong's first zero carbon building
67% of Hong Kong’s 'greenhouse gas' emissions are associated with electricity generation and buildings account for 90% of that electricity. This compares with a global average of 40% for electricity usage in buildings. Hong Kong’s government is aiming for a 50% reduction in carbon intensity by 2020, relative to a 2005 baseline.
Gammon’s latest project, a US$19 million 5,000m2 two-floor building, is dwarfed by the spectacular high rises that surround it. Yet, it has a significance that belies its size, representing Hong Kong’s entry into the low carbon economy.
Built for the Construction Industry Council in just 11 months, the building will offset both embodied carbon and operating carbon over its design life by producing more energy than it consumes. 225 MWh of electricity per year will be generated on site, of which 30% will come from solar panels and 70% from bio-diesel made from locally sourced cooking oil.
The building is constructed from low carbon and low impact materials including concrete with recycled aggregate and FSC timber. BIM technology was used extensively to minimise waste, by determining the precise volume of cut and fill, and by eliminating rework arising from coordination errors.
The building achieved the Grand Award for a building under construction at the Hong Kong Green Building Awards 2012.
225 MWh of electricity per year will be generated on site, of which 30% will come from solar panels and 70% from bio-diesel made from locally sourced cooking oil.
of Hong Kong's GHG emissions are associated with electricity generation
of electricity per year will be generated on site
of electricity is to come from solar panels
of electricity is to be produced from biodiesel made from locally sourced cooking oil
We transformed the iconic former London Olympic stadium into a multi-purpose sporting venue
Using complex engineering techniques, we reinvigorated the stadium after the London 2012 Olympic Games, transforming it into a modern venue for a range of sports events.
The stadium is now also the home of West Ham United FC. To ensure it was suitable for football fans, we expanded the original roof to cover some 60,000 supporters. We installed the world’s heaviest cantilever roof, which is twice the size of the original, as well as incorporating the iconic lighting towers into the new structure.
We used sustainable construction methods to transform a facility that was only ever designed as a temporary stadium, reusing over 6,000m of cable, 3,800 lights and 1,000 mechanical and electrical components. We also included 19,000 tonnes of recycled demolition material into the project. The stadium has since received a BREEAM 'Excellent' certificate.
At its peak, the project employed over 1700 people on site with a total of 3.4 million man hours worked. Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering also installed 350 mini piles to support the increased load on the new foundations, saving of over £500,000 and 400 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The project boosted the local economy through the use of businesses nearby. We created 50 local apprenticeships in a range of trades as well as 10 work placements and over 300 training opportunities.
Watch the short film below about the roof conversion...
Watch the short film below about the overall stadium transformation...
size of new cantilever roof
the stadium’s roof at its deepest point
of cables recycled
Establishing a ground-breaking partnership that’s a bold step beyond traditional outsourcing
We broke new ground by launching a partnership with a local council that crosses traditional outsourcing boundaries.
Under a £250m, 10-year contract with North East Lincolnshire Council we will delivered a package of services spanning regeneration, highways, transport and planning, asset management and architectural support.
"The partnership will deliver 3,500 new and improved homes, cut deaths and injuries on our roads by 33% and 50% respectively, secure at least £570m of inward investment into the borough and deliver key regeneration projects."
Director of Regeneration, North East Lincs Council
As well as cutting costs and improving services, we have committed to meeting 140 KPI targets that add up to a significant improvement in quality of life for local people. Our risks and rewards link directly to how well we succeed.
Integration is key. Both parties are incentivised to work together to maximise results, and over 300 council staff have transferred to a team that integrates expertise from our facilities management business and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
"It's a fantastic opportunity to accelerate regeneration of the borough. Balfour Beatty is working with North East Lincolnshire Council to create 4,200 new jobs and generate 250 training, work or apprenticeship placements."
of inward investment secured
This £6.2 billion project saw an extensive programme of road widening and improvements to increase capacity and enhance safety and reliability of one of Europe's busiest motorways.
The M25 carries more than 220,000 vehicles per day on some sections. In May 2009, the Highways Agency (now known as National Highways) awarded Balfour Beatty a 30-year Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract to manage the M25 and its key arterial link roads.
The scope of works included routine maintenance, the delivery of lifecycle works and improvement schemes, constructing 62km of motorway widening prior to the 2012 Olympic Games and a further 46km of Smart motorway.
The Smart motorway upgrades enable the hard shoulder to be used permanently as an extra running lane improving the reliability of journey times. The works included the installation of new infrastructure and technology including motorway spanning gantries, a contiguous piled retaining wall installed by Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, refuge areas, emergency telephones, overhead signals, verge mounted signs and CCTV cameras.
The final section of roadworks was completed fourteen weeks ahead of schedule following the earlier completion of Junctions 23 to 25 in Hertfordshire, and Junctions 5 to 7 between Kent and Surrey - which also opened twenty-two weeks ahead of schedule in the spring of 2014.
The early completion was achieved through the extensive use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), which enabled the early detection of design issues while at the same time providing the customer, the Highways Agency, and stakeholders, such as Network Rail, with real-time information on design and implementation.
Balfour Beatty continue to work in a joint venture with Skanska on the motorway at Junction 30 to improve capacity and traffic flow.
Today, Balfour Beatty works alongside Atkins and Egis to operate and maintain the whole M25 under the ConnectPlus brand. As part of the consortium’s maintenance of the M25, a custom-designed, vehicle-mounted vacuum litter picker was developed by our in-house team. The new machine is more efficient and helps to keep our workforce safe by removing the need for litter picking by hand.
Balfour Beatty's patented King Sheet Piling system was used extensively during the M25 widening and has since gone on to be incorporated in many of our Smart motorway contracts. Find out more in the short film below.
of landfill removed from the entire site
of the M25 through Kent, Surrey, Essex and Hertfordshire improved
London accounts for 20% of the UK's energy use and demand is steadily rising
In 2013, Balfour Beatty began to install high voltage electricity cables for National Grid's London Power Tunnels project.
This project will rewire the capital via deep underground tunnels, in order to ensure London’s electricity needs continue to be met and to ensure the city can access the renewable energy sources of the future. It will connect several substations around the city via tunnels up to 60 metres below the surface.
Putting power cables in tunnels also means that future maintenance and network expansion operations can be carried out with minimum disruption. Electricity cables in cities are traditionally buried in ducts just below the road surface, so fault repair or cable upgrades often cause lengthy delays for road users.
We are investing in training in order to grow a sustainable, long-term workforce, at the same time as developing innovative new technologies to ensure our people stay safe.
Working with the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford, East London, we are helping to address the resource challenges facing the power industry by offering local unemployed people training in tunnelling and the opportunity to work on this important infrastructure project.
Our patented Tunnel Cabling Machine (TCM) technology is another vital part of our approach to cable tunnel projects. The TCM has revolutionised the process of installing high voltage cables within tunnels by - driving out risk and vastly increasing the speed, efficiency and quality of installation. On previous projects, this technology has reduced project timescales by a third and has carried the longest single-length cable-pull in Europe – 1.2km.
The London Power Tunnels project reaffirms Balfour Beatty's position as one of the world's leaders in tunnel cable installation, a sector which is likely to grow as developing economies continue to invest in new approaches to infrastructure.
In 2021, Balfour Beatty was awarded the second phase of this ambitious scheme to rewire London and connect with the capital. The £52 million contract will include installing 200km of 400kV cables within a 32.5-kilometer tunnel network, deep below the ground between Wimbledon and Crayford.
We delivered a world-class aquatics venue, ensuring a lasting Olympic legacy
Balfour Beatty constructed the iconic Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games, creating the competition pool, diving pool and the training pool, as well as a range of visitor facilities.
During the games, the building accommodated 17,000 spectators. It was then transformed into legacy mode, reducing the number of seats to 2,500 and ensuring the facility is suitable for a variety of uses in the future. It is now open to the public as a world-class aquatics venue.
The eye-catching sweeping roof, which is 160m long and 95m wide at its widest point, is an innovative 2,800 tonne steel structure with a striking and robust aluminium covering resting on three supports that measure just 1m2. The building is supported by 1,500 CFA piles, installed by our in-house piling team Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering.
The Aquatics Centre achieved the highest BREEAM score in the Olympic Park (73.67% Excellent) and we were the only contractor to receive a BREEAM innovation credit.
We reused recycled aggregates in the permanent works, achieving 51% recycled content and saving approximately £1,000,000. The venue’s impact on the environment us further reduced by using renewable energy, sustainably sourced building materials and reusing pool water to flush the toilets. We delivered 56% of total materials by rail or water.
Wherever possible, reuses for materials were found including using the steel terrace to build a permanent grandstand at the Gulfstream Park racecourse in Miami, Florida and reusing two water tanks in the village of Cheptiret in Kenya to provide clean water for over 4,000 people.
‘’The Olympic Delivery Authority’s approach to the London 2012 programme and their sustainability targets set new benchmarks for the construction industry. This helped all of us improve our systems and make our people and our suppliers believe that addressing sustainability through design, procurement and construction phases is a collective responsibility.”
Project Director, Balfour Beatty
contractor on the park to bring in materials by barge
local schools helped to achieve their curriculum objectives, winning a diversity award from ODA
Delivering key frontline services for Herefordshire
Our 10 year, £200 million Herefordshire Council UK Public Realm contract covers highways maintenance and improvement works, street lighting and street cleaning, as well as responsibility for public rights of way, parks and open spaces.
We will improve the condition of Hereford’s highways and be responsive to local needs and priorities. Through developing sub-contracting and supply chain opportunities, we will also contribute to the regeneration of the local economy.
Our commitment to putting customers first, understanding and responding to their needs, helps us deliver excellent services and value for money.
The outcome? Roads and footways will be safe, clean and uncongested, public rights of way will be accessible, safe and appropriately maintained, and parks and public spaces will be well-planned, attractive and accessible.
of salt spread on roads across the county each night as part of winter maintenance
Working together to build a more sustainable Heathrow
At Heathrow, we combined design, construction, ground engineering, specialist mechanical and electrical expertise to create the Terminal 2 departure lounges, delivering a satellite building that is linked to the main terminal through an underground tunnel.
At £592 million, constructing the new lounges was one of the largest airside projects in Heathrow’s history and now provides pier-served tunnel links to the main Terminal 2. Balfour Beatty's integrated approach enabled our customer to open three aircraft stands three months early, helping them to ease stand congestion.
Working in close collaboration with our customer and supply chain partners, the project team achieved a £10 million saving and a reduction of five weeks in the schedule on the substructure package by using Building Information Modelling. Phase 2 was completed on programme, increasing capacity by a further 10 new stands which are capable of receiving A380 jets.
We brought together a range of in-house expertise to successfully deliver the project. We prefabricated the plant room and other mechanical and electrical components at our off-site Off-site Solutions facility. This allowed us to deliver Phase 1 ten weeks ahead of schedule, removing 115,000 hours of work from site and mitigating safety risks by reducing hot works. Our in-house piling business, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, installed over 2km of diaphragm walls, 700 piles and 160 plunge columns to support the new terminal building.
“Balfour Beatty is one of those companies who routinely looks for ways to make things better. From what I have seen innovation and safety are clearly embedded in the Balfour Beatty culture.”
Capital Projects Programme Director, Heathrow Airport Ltd (Formerly BAA)
more carbon-efficient than the old building
new stands capable of receiving A380 aircraft
We helped to relieve one of the UK’s busiest rail routes, creating a vital link through central London.
We modernised Blackfriars Railway Bridge and its outdated station, bringing this popular route into the 21st Century.
The Thameslink line runs through London from Bedford to Brighton. Linking two airports, two major London rail termini and nine London Underground stations, it's one of the UK's busiest rail routes. The line is vital for keeping London on the move.
Originally built in 1886, the railway bridge required extensive works to ensure it was able to keep up with passenger demand. We widened and strengthened the structure, building a new station across it with realigned tracks and new covered platforms spanning the River Thames. A new southern entrance gives passengers access from the south of the river for the first time.
We delivered a range of civil engineering, demolition and strengthening works on the bridge itself plus the initial piling and ground engineering work for the new station building. Our in-house piling business, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, installed over 700 bored piles (up to 40m deep) and micro piles, including a king-post retaining wall, close to live underground trains. Our crane hire business BPH Equipment supplied crawler cranes for the bridge deck works.
The new station has 250 metre platforms which can receive longer 12-carriage trains (8-carriage previously) and up to 24 of them per hour.
The station remained open throughout the programme to minimise disruption for passengers. We did much of the work at night and over weekends and holidays, while causing as little disturbance to neighbours as possible. 300,000 people passed through the live construction site by road, rail, underground and river every day.
Our Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick business were responsible for fitting over 4,400 solar panels (covering 6,000 square metres) to the roof of Blackfriars station, creating both the biggest solar bridge in the world and the largest solar array in London.
The project followed on from the success of our £115 million project to build the new underground northern ticket hall at King's Cross St Pancras. London Mayor Boris Johnson described our work there as "the standard by which all new station developments should be judged."
of extra bridge width
workers on site at peak
900,000 kWh pa
solar power generated by the roof
of material transported by barge
At 1.5 miles long, Forth Bridge is the largest rail structure in Scotland and carries both passenger and goods trains over the Forth Estuary.
For the first time in the bridge’s history, we undertook the huge task of painting the entire 53,000 tonne bridge, which stands 110 metres above the Estuary. The works were delivered by a workforce of approximately 400 people whilst the bridge remained in use with up to 200 train movements a day.
The unique restoration works were carried out in partnership with Network Rail and was one of the largest tasks of its kind. The team used innovative scaffolding techniques, encapsulation methods and a high tech three coat system - commonly used in the offshore oil industry.
The restoration project, completed in 2012 returned the bridge to its original condition. Today, we continue to deliver maintenance works on the bridge.
In partnership with Network Rail, Balfour Beatty has helped to raise over £222,500 for the children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland, which supports children and young people locally in Fife, Edinburgh and more widely across Scotland.
‘Your View 19’, a unique fundraising event held at the iconic Forth Bridge, has enabled thousands of people from across the world to ascend the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
litres of paint applied to the surface of the bridge
raised in charitable donations
This 536-bedroom development provides modern, stylish accommodation for students of the nearby University of Strathclyde, City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Caledonian University.
The development offers a range of accommodation types including 2-6 bedroom clusters and 149 studio flats. To complement the accommodation, other facilities include a gymnasium, cinema room, study pods, social space with a games area and a retail unit. There is also a large secure courtyard which can be used by students for recreational purposes.
Drawing on our extensive infrastructure expertise, Foundry Courtyard was our first ‘direct let’ student accommodation development. As developer of the project, we secured funding, completed the site purchase, planning, design and construction works and are now operating the accommodation. All funding and finance for the scheme has been provided by Balfour Beatty.
New technologies to ensure the safety of our workforce were adopted during project delivery, including:
The delivery of the project drew on the wide-ranging capabilities of Balfour Beatty. This included works being delivered by Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, our piling and ground improvement specialists, and our mechanical and electrical specialists – Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick.
To make sure works progressed during the wettest winter on record, we used tents, gazebos, and temporary metal sheeting to allow work to progress safely.
workforce recruited locally
Balfour Beatty Living Places and Southampton City Council have created an award winning, collaborative and trusted partnership to deliver public realm works across the city.
The partnership plays a vital role in delivering the vision of a “Connected Southampton” and a greener city. Together, our works have included significant steps in constructing the Southampton Cycle Network, investing in innovative green infrastructure and securing government funding to help make the City a cleaner, greener, healthier, more sustainable and attractive place to live, work and visit.
At Millbrook Roundabout, Balfour Beatty Living Places helped deliver the first hydroponic living wall on a highways scheme. The wall is a sustainable, vertical installation containing living plants and foliage which grow without the need for soil. Offering many benefits to the public and the environment, these green and living structures help to remove air pollutants through the absorption of gases such as Carbon Dioxide.
The scheme was recognised at the Association for Public Service Excellence awards, being awarded the Best Public / Private Partnership Working Initiative. Our digitally focused approach led the team to success in identifying, trialling and implementing systems and technological innovations such as 3D laser scanning and BIM to support and enhance the delivery of Highways services.
hydroponic living wall on a highways scheme
An award-winning partnership delivering Anglian Water’s capital investment programme, serving almost seven million people in the East of England and Hartlepool.
In 2005, Balfour Beatty became a founding member of Anglian Water’s @one Alliance. The alliance has been building industry-leading success since its conception, bringing together the very best from its seven partners. It is seen as one of the world’s leading alliances and a top performer in the water sector.
The partners consist of Anglian Water Asset delivery, Balfour Beatty, Barhale, MMB, MWH Treatment, Skanska and Sweco. Together, we deliver more than half of Anglian Water’s capital investment programme.
Our works include the restoration or assembly of new water treatment works and water recycling centres, as well as replacing and providing essential infrastructure pipework to support both water and wastewater distribution.
We successfully delivered a £1.2 billion programme in AMP6 whilst continuing to build greater integration and collaboration with Anglian Water, our partners, and supply chain; enabling us to deliver further efficiencies, lower carbon solutions, improved customer service, and most importantly, a healthier and safer working environment.
In AMP7, the partnership will design and deliver approximately 1,200 projects worth £1.7 billion.
By utilising innovative technology such as pipebusting, sliplining, spray lining and directional drilling, making use of the existing ‘the hole in the ground’, we have been able to deliver both efficiencies and carbon reductions.
Using the most innovative installation techniques, we worked collaboratively with the customer to develop a unique, enhanced customer experience throughout the contract to ensure customers had a reliable water supply.
The @one Alliance project has won a number of awards, which include:
of works delivered in AMP6