November 2016

Laing O'Rourke Skills Gap report

Laing O’Rourke, the leading international engineering enterprise, has today launched a report to help tackle the UK’s increased skills gap in the construction and infrastructure sector.   With infrastructure investment taking centre stage in Philip Hammond’s much anticipated first Autumn Statement, focus has once again turned to how the UK tackles the growing skills gap within construction and infrastructure.  Laing O’Rourke’s new report highlights the critical skills issues facing the

Greenbank Sustainability FMVoice

Greenbank Waste Solutions is a leading waste handling company. With services ranging from bespoke waste management solutions to labour saving machinery, they are experts at making waste cost less for customers. As a waste company, Greenbank places high importance on reducing the effects of waste on the environment. With many customers sharing these sustainability goals, Greenbank have developed several ways that effective waste handling can increase an organisation’s sustainability. How

Balfour Beatty M3 Bridge

This weekend, Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, demolished the Woodlands Lane Bridge which stretches the M3 motorway between junctions 2 and 3, in Windlesham, Surrey, marking the first phase of works to replace the integral bridge. An option to strengthen the existing bridge was considered before the decision was taken to demolish and rebuild it.   The demolition of the concrete bridge forms part of a wider £174 million

Schuster Manchester University

Willmott Dixon has been awarded the £8 million contract to build a major extension to The University of Manchester’s Schuster Building. It is the company’s first project with the University as well as the University’s first project procured through Scape Group’s National Major Works framework.   The works form part of the university’s £1 billion campus masterplan, which will create a world-class campus for staff, students and visitors by 2022.


Last week, Balfour Beatty saw ten of its apprentices and trainees receive the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). The apprentices collected their prestigious award from Alan Hinkes OBE, on behalf of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at St James’ Palace.   The DofE Award aims to inspire and transform the lives of those under the age of 25 and involves a number of activities, including volunteering in the local

Black Friday Security Servest

Last year, the National Police Chiefs’ Council issued warnings to retailers to consider the security implications associated with the sales surge expected this Black Friday (Friday 25th November). Originally an American calendar event designed to mark the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday promises to be the day when British shoppers hit the shops in order to make the most of the deals on offer. Savvy seasonal bargain

Sodexo strikes five-year deal at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park

Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, has won a five-year contract with the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.   The £6m deal sees Sodexo provide food and beverage retail and hospitality services for all matchday and non-matchday events at the Belfast venue, as well as selling conference and event facilities through Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events. Following redevelopment last year, the National Football Stadium has been enlarged to more

Wilmott Dixon Design Museum

The fit-out skills of Willmott Dixon Interiors played a crucial role in creating new home for Design Museum inside the former 1960s Grade 2 listed Commonwealth Institute in Kensington.   The refurbishment specialist spent nearly 12 months creating a new interior capable of hosting some of the biggest cultural design icons such as the first laptop by UK designer Bill Moggridge, AK47 assault rifle by Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov and

Connect Plus Considerate Companay

Connect Plus Services (CPS) has been awarded the top prize in the 2016 Considerate Constructors Scheme National Company Awards, by being recognised as the Most Considerate Company 2016. The highways maintenance consortium, which consists of international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, Atkins and Egis Road Operation UK, was named Most Considerate Company at the awards ceremony which took place on 11 November at the Four Seasons Hotel in London. The annual


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has today published its paper, Where now for Combined Authorities: The impact of the vote to leave the EU, which outlines its firm belief that key decisions about strategic planning, transport, housing and economic development should be taken at a local level to maximise the economic benefit for city regions, such as the West Midlands and Greater Manchester.   In the paper the company