Assistant Director for Highways and Lincolnshire County Council, Mobilising vital highways maintenance works during COVID-19. The A14 project team has utilised the quiet roads to get even more work done at night to keep the roads clear for other traffic during the day. The Integrated Track Team, an alliance between London Underground & Balfour Beatty, has launched a bi-weekly interview series called ‘Our ITT’. us feel valued and respected. Project Manager. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. Living and breathing safety in North Carolina. The virtual tour allows viewers to take a walk-through the project from the safety of their home or office and provides detail on key aspects including social value, the façade and design. Digital construction allows remote working. It said: “At this time there is a low risk for anyone attending the school.”. The SafeGrip allows both employees to keep a two-metre distance and stops each other encroaching the other operative’s exclusion zone. A collaborative approach to the challenges we faced has been key to the ongoing success of the GDSP during the current crisis. Facilities Planning and Construction Walsh, who unknowingly contracted the disease on a business trip in Singapore before going on a ski trip where he is thought to have infected others, was being held in an isolation unit at St Thomas’ hospital in London. The sink is now located at the sole entry to site and all site employees, visitors and delivery drivers wash their hands before entering and leaving site. Throughout the crisis, the team has continued to answer calls from members of the public and ensure the safety of their gas supply whilst following strict social distancing guidelines. These beds will be offered free of charge. Exploring how we can use technology to enhance how we operate as a business and deliver better for our customers. During these difficult periods, it’s more important than ever that we continue to look to the future and nurturing the next generation of construction professionals to tackle our industry’s skills gap is absolutely vital to that. Balfour Beatty Living Places has completed a project to recommission a rehabilitation facility, which had been vacant since early 2019, into a care home for Herefordshire Council. When the SafeGrip is lifted, it pushes against the side of the trolley, securely holding the trolley in place. The scale and speed of the build was astonishing, with the conversion of 24,000m² of the Scottish Events Campus into a space providing 1,036 patient beds and 90 high dependency units. Across the education sector, our experience ranges from the delivery of primary and secondary schools through to university buildings. Contacting Permaguip, a company who has the potential solution with an adapted handle called SafeGrip, the team are able to place the trolley on/off track and maintain a social distance. New safety measures on the Hinkley Connection Project. The health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work with and for us, as well as the general public, is always our priority. As a subcontractor for the construction industry, I sometimes have serious safety concerns to address with the general contractor. virtual handover, Capital Programme Manager, Education Infrastructure, Children and Young People Directorate, Birmingham City Council. Hillside Care Centre, completed in May, was initially restored to rehouse care residents from the severe flooding Herefordshire experienced earlier in the year, but has since reopened to help relieve the pressure on the NHS during the current COVID-19 pandemic should it be needed. First published on Wed 12 Feb 2020 10.02 GMT. The measures include; only bringing in those needed on site to undertake the works; the provision of parking so the team can travel to site by car rather than use public transport; the introduction of strict social distancing measures on site, in offices and welfare facilities such as one-way systems and floor markings; altered shift patterns to include staggered shift start times and breaks. Hear from our employees who submitted ideas that will help shape our workplace. Temperature checking – we have piloted daily temperature checks for workers across 15 of our key sites, before they enter the site, as a raised temperature is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Find Balfour Elementary School test scores, student-teacher ratio, parent reviews and teacher stats. Their financial support enabled 200 students to participate in our first online work experience, providing students with a taste of working collaboratively to a design and build brief. The team have adapted by developing a virtual site tour hosted by our Growth Strategy Director, Joe Webb. When finally complete the school will accommodate 450 pupils. Balfour Primary School. By modelling people-first behaviours and procedures, Evan is playing a critical role in helping Balfour Beatty lead the way forward for our clients, partners and the construction industry. Through the campaign, we asked our employees to submit ideas that would have a big impact on our business, in the areas of: In February 2020, as we were preparing to go live with our new six-year, £217 million highways maintenance contract for Lincolnshire County Council, the emerging COVID-19 crisis and potential impacts it may have were considered at a joint workshop with the Council. The podcast has also highlighted certain challenging aspects of individuals lives that are heightened by the pandemic, which has allowed the project to show more support and appreciation for each other. We remain focused on ensuring we can continue to contribute to supporting the economies and local communities we operate in, both now and when normal conditions return. We have also provided additional signage to reinforce the two metre distancing rules and inform members of public that our sites and vehicles are still working as they are making a critical contribution during COVID-19. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Our team in Inverness, Scotland is delivering the Beauly to Keith 132kV refurbishment contract on behalf of Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks to meet energy demand in Scotland. re-signalling project had been deferred due to COVID-19, our time to work on the network remained in place which provided a valuable opportunity to deliver additional works. If you do not know your representative, search your school at Balfour.com or reach out to us by email or phone. For employees who are on Furlough Leave, we have provided an online resource with key information and access to personal development webinars we are running each week. We were looking for anything that could potentially drive a productivity benefit to the tune of £10,000 - £1 million; that could mean our sites can open faster and safer across the UK and those that could get our industry back on its feet and secure its future. The children will then create their own gallery of work to be put on public display at the school… When we see ourselves represented in the workplace, it tells us that we matter and makes Responding to the challenge, the team expedited material fabrication, delivery and installation by two-and-a-half to three months. Meanwhile, it has emerged that two prisoners at HMP Bullingdon, near Bicester in Oxfordshire, are being tested for coronavirus and kept in isolation in their cells. Balfour Beatty’s team delivering Cadent’s Gas Distribution Strategic Partnership (GDSP) to replace aging metal pipes, service connections and build new mains in the North West of England and the West Midlands, has had to make a number of changes to the way it delivers jobs during the COVID-19 crisis. “All I did was what I usually do if I’m visiting Charlotte or anyone else in a hospital – I washed my hands with the gel before going to see her.”. The SafeGrip allows both employees to keep a two metres distance and stops each other encroaching the other operative’s exclusion zone. Strategic client engagement undertaken through a structured series of virtual roundtables and meetings on specific themes to understand customers’ emerging post-COVID-19 priorities and how Balfour Beatty can help with their recovery plans. 7-minute video was, and whilst hard to replace a face to face meeting; this was really effective. laptops and phones delivered to the homes of the new employees. In the UK, NHS advice is that anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days. A sincere thank you to all involved, I know it’s not easy to head out to work and not worry, but today your help will allow a difference to be made. The team has been following social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Lothian MSP Jeremy Balfour, has … As a subcontractor for the construction industry, I sometimes have serious safety concerns to address with the general contractor. Our sites and contracts remain operational where we are able to appropriately implement Balfour Beatty’s COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures, issued on 29 July 2020. The school’s first teacher was the wife of a quarry worker, while her eventual replacement was a woman who lived in Bellingham and left for Balfour each day at 6:00 a.m. on a three-hour train ride. Our aim is to use the platforms to avoid people coming to site whilst maintaining the same, if not better, levels of engagement. Balfour Nursery during COVID – 19 We are proud to say that due to the immense dedication and hard work from all the staff here, Balfour Nursery has been one of the few nurseries in Redbridge to remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children throughout COVID – 19. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was not possible, so our project team quickly adapted the site visit to a virtual tour presented by our Project Director, Robert Hallam-allsop. Even though we have been unable to visit their factory in Austria due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our trusted relationship with Plasser and Theurer has enabled us to continue with virtual training and machine tours. When COVID-19 meant that a full two-week blockade could be achieved, the team based at the Aston depot in Birmingham mobilised with a full plan in under two weeks. 15 October 2020 To keep our supply chain up to date and signpost them to useful information and resources, we have established a dedicated web page and produce a weekly Impact on Supply Chain newsletter, both of which complement regular communications from our procurement leads. The bridge over the Mersey has been there since the motorway first opened in 1974 as part of what was then the M63, and it’s beginning to show its age. Balfour Infant School Learning Together Pattens Lane Rochester Chatham Kent ME1 2QT England Medway Council local primary schools. The sink is now located at the sole entry to site and all site employees, visitors and delivery drivers wash their hands before entering and leaving site. During the pandemic, we have created and implemented Balfour Beatty Site Operating Procedures which ensure our sites, offices and depots follow UK Government guidelines, are safe and COVID secure. At the very start of the COVID-19 crisis, Balfour Beatty’s team were quick off the mark to adopt new ways of working, compiling a list of critical activities, identifying specific control measures for these and then documenting general control measures which could apply to all. It also helped the team to explain some of the measures we’ve introduced on site during the pandemic including a bespoke hand washing area and 2 metre distancing banners and signs. The M4 J3-12 Smart Motorway upgrade team are using 4D modelling on the project to plan the large-scale weekend closures that are required to demolish and install the new motorway bridges. As to be expected under current market conditions, our approach will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. As a direct input to the Taskforce, we ran a My Contribution campaign called ‘Bouncing Back’. As the country continues its fight against COVID-19, we’re playing our part in Lincolnshire by supporting the Council with traffic management for three COVID-19 testing centres as well as making sure the roads are safe for everyone to use. Services affected by coronavirus. Medway Council A-Z of directory entries. A “one size fits all” approach will not be appropriate across the economy, as different sectors have different requirements and local circumstances will have to prevail in order to inform the most appropriate response. We are using static non-contact infrared thermometer devices in order to ensure as high a level of accuracy as possible. Stay blessed and safe. My Contribution is the channel which allows us to tap into a rich seam of creative thinking from our teams, crowdsourcing ideas to drive change and bring benefit to the business, our employees and our customers. Using remote communication to keep traffic flowing. Permaquip was asked to come up with a solution for the above which was simple and quick to attach and detach. As our operations begin to scale back up to full productivity, we want to make sure that our workforce not only is safe, but that they also feel safe. A spokesman for NHS Brighton and Hove CCG said all other NHS services in Brighton and Hove were open as usual, with measures in place to protect patients and staff. I am not worried about being treated inside the hospital because everything seems to be under control.”, Her friend Leanne O’Keefe had come to visit Hewitt this morning. At the end of the programme and after their submissions had been moderated, pupils had the opportunity to earn an Industrial Cadets Silver Award, which they can use in their development portfolios. On the tunnel boring machines controlled access and dedicated work areas have been introduced as well. Balfour Nursery during COVID – 19 We are proud to say that due to the immense dedication and hard work from all the staff here, Balfour Nursery has been one of the few nurseries in Redbridge to remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children throughout COVID – 19. Two GP practices were closed on Tuesday for cleaning over coronavirus fears, but have reopened with some disruption to appointments. The 120 rooms in the emergency department and inpatient facility may be used as overflow for low acuity patients, or those considered lower risk. We all found it highly informative. Members of Gammon’s Young Professionals Group, their colleagues and their children, together with a number of NGOs, have lent a helping hand in distributing over 70,000 face coverings and over 1,500 bottles of hand sanitiser to low-income families and the elderly. That figure has since risen to £12.8million. Check with your local authorities. Our project delivery team used the video as a visual aid to showcase the size and scale of the project and home in on some of the key details including mechanical & electrical works, critical wards and the ever-impressive Winter Garden as well as COVID-19 testing facilities. Our Group Crisis Management Team meets regularly to understand the evolving situation and to enable Balfour Beatty to respond swiftly to any changes. On site, Evan has introduced extra measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the separation of the team’s toilet facilities with an increased cleaning schedule as well as separated stairwells so that one set only goes up, and the other only goes down. When we gave out the supplies to the needy, we saw their smiling faces, and I feel that it’s such a meaningful act being able to give back to the community. The group, made up of experts from across the business, has been charged with generating impactful, deliverable ideas for how our business could seize the moment and turn the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity, using it as a catalyst for new ways of thinking, operating and driving improvement, at scale, weaving the ideas together to form a strategic roadmap to ensure Balfour Beatty is fighting fit and returns to full productivity - and more - as quickly as possible. About 80% of people who get Covid-19 experience a mild case – about as serious as a regular cold – and recover without needing any special treatment. Following a stringent risk assessment review with Tideway, control measures have been agreed and implemented to enable works to restart on all sites. She added: “There is one room inside boxed off but aside from that everyone is calm inside. When we gave out the supplies, we saw their smiling faces, and I feel that it’s such a meaningful act being able to give back to the community. One of which was the on and off tracking of Tracked Trollies, as it requires a two-person lift. Sport and Activity Once complete, MECD will become home to four Departments and two Research Institutes of the University’s School of Engineering from the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Keeping water flowing across London and Thames Valley. We have also developed, piloted and implemented a Virtual Safety Tour which we will continue to use long after we have bounced back from COVID-19. I’d appreciate it if you would convey our personal thanks to your entire team. Scape is grateful for Balfour Beatty’s contribution to the success of Learning in Lockdown. Coronavirus (COVID-19) help and advice. In a small number of cases where there is no alternative method, we have undertaken and recorded risk assessments of the activities and developed a method statement outlining how the risk of spreading COVID-19 has been reduced using the hierarchy of controls. New contactless sink reduces risk of COVID-19 transmission, Using remote communication for engineering innovation, Lead Construction Manager The track possession is approximately 20 miles as a diversion is in place, so the opportunity is being taken to deliver works in the area surrounding the tunnel in tandem with major improvements taking place between Rugby and Milton Keynes. Balfour Beatty is already a great place to work. Reconfiguration Programme Director Innovative tool helps maintain social distancing, Assistant Director for Highways and Lincolnshire County CouncilCouncil. Following a successful trial, and approval from the Health & Safety team, the operation was completed successfully, without compromising anyone’s health or safety. Not only does it allow the users to keep two metres away from each other, but it is a better way of lifting and moving the trolley, which helps alleviate the slips, trips and falls incidents. The bridge deck is comprised of 11 individual pre-stressed beams that are tied together with a diaphragm beam at each end. The positivity from gradually restarting work is really important – showing us that we can work through this if we keep working together. Programme Engineering Manager A PRIMARY school has been told it must improve for the second time. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Among the affected schools in Brighton is one of the area’s biggest secondaries. Contact tracing – mapping those who work together over a 2-week period to allow us to take immediate action in the event of a positive COVID-19 test result. It was originally intended to be open in June, 2018, at a cost of £11.5million. Young people Learning in Lockdown with Scape, Social Value and Performance Manager COVID-19. lead the way forward for our clients, partners and the construction industry. The tamper machines pack (tamp) track ballast under railway tracks to make them more durable. Hillside Care Centre, completed in May, was initially restored to rehouse care residents from the severe flooding Herefordshire experienced earlier in the year, but has since reopened to help relieve the pressure on the NHS during the current COVID-19 pandemic should it be needed. Working on the M4 J3-12 Smart Motorway, our team are using 4D modelling to help maintain safe distancing on site. If necessary, this space will free up beds within the existing Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) for patients being treated for And we have looked at how to make the solutions broad enough that they help us to improve diversity and the wellbeing of our staff, attracting the best talent while helping us as a business play our part in reducing air pollution and CO2 emissions and rush-hour traffic. He has taken the response efforts for the coronavirus above and beyond most general contractors SPC works with. At the end of the programme and after their submissions had been moderated, pupils had the opportunity to earn an Industrial Cadets Silver Award, which they can use in their development portfolios. Leicester NHS Trust virtually visits the Midlands Metropolitan University Hospital, Reconfiguration Programme Director The primary curriculum is designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of his or her life—spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical. Regular Communications with all stakeholders. What is it like to attend our school? Continue to build and maintain the infrastructure the country relies on, Keep cash flowing through the supply chain, Our Crisis Management Team, chaired by our Group Chief Executive has been mobilised, We have a business wide Working Group in place, exploring all aspects of the impact and potential impact of COVID-19 on our business, We are preparing for potential, future eventualities in light of COVID-19 so that we can respond swiftly should the current situation evolve, We have ring fenced key supplies and are monitoring the situation daily, All of our projects have business continuity arrangements in place, Our accounting services centre in Newcastle, which is responsible for the processing of all payments, has implemented its business continuity plan and through electronic invoicing and electronic approvals we are striving to pay our supply chain in a timely manner, To support increased remote working, we provided additional support for staff including the roll-out of Microsoft Teams and further improving our inter connectivity, We have undergone a thorough test of our IT systems to ensure that those employees working from home are fully able to do so with minimal disruption to business as usual. Hangleton primary school, also in Hove, sent an email to parents informing them that a pupil’s family were self-isolating because of “a connection to one of the health centres affected by the coronavirus”. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A local hair salon owner expressed frustration with Gov. Leicester NHS Trust. Comprehensive briefing materials developed, Reduced number of people entering excavations. As a direct input to the Taskforce, we ran a My Contribution campaign called ‘Bouncing Back’. As a result of our increased focus on hygiene during this time, the site team were cleaning sinks more often with a high volume of water and towels being used. The A14 is a Highways England road improvement scheme which is being delivered by Balfour Beatty, Costain and Skanska, working together as the A14 Integrated Delivery Team. He has separated entrances and exits and access and egress to the 2nd floor in order to separate workers as much as possible. The team demonstrated an impressive range of operations that could be completed safely while maintaining 2 metre distancing, such as trenching, installing the haul road, cable bore holing and vacuum excavating; it had only essential workers on site at any one time, minimising the chances of congestion and reducing the number of people entering excavations for our cabling works. As with businesses across the globe, many of our workforce have been working from home, giving them the ability to flex their working patterns around other responsibilities. Balfour Beatty have responded swiftly to the COVID-19 events as they have unfolded and been proactive in putting in place the necessary measures to re-plan and maintain our non-customer facing work and to implement safe systems of work to respond to guidance on social distancing and hygiene. Thank you to our experts who have stepped up during COVID-19. 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