Balfour Beatty, an infrastructure services business, operates in over 80 countries having completed projects in the UK, Singapore, USA, Hong Kong and Australia.
The company has been established since 1909 and work in partnership with a global team of designers, planners, engineers, builders, project and facilities managers, analysts and consultants.
Balfour Beatty undertakes projects in multiple markets including serving clients in the transportation, power, water and social infrastructure sectors. Balfour undertake works on roads, railways, airports, power stations, water networks, treatments and supplies as well as tackling a plethora of social infrastructure projects. These projects include health, education, social housing, defence housing and estates, and judicial and institutional schemes.
The team is particularly skilled at creating iconic structures and has displayed examples of bold engineering feats, hidden innovation and buried pipes and pumps. Balfour Beatty’s service range is vast seeing them offer the following to clients all over the world; programme and project management, construction management, project design, technical services, planning, consultancy, construction, highways services and asset management, structural strengthening, protection and repair, refurbishment, modular systems, fit-out and interiors, mechanical and electrical engineering, civil engineering, ground engineering and plant hire.
Balfour has carried out extensive works on London’s Power Tunnels installing high voltage electricity cables for National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project. The works began in 2013 and are due to be completed and functional by 2018. This project will rewire the capital via deep underground tunnels ensuring the capital city’s electricity needs continue to be met.
The situation of power cables in tunnels means that future maintenance works and network expansion projects can be undertaken with minimum disruption. Balfour are working with the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford, East London, on the project organising schemes which offer local unemployed people training and employment opportunities.
The infrastructure company are utilising their patented Tunnel Cabling Machine (TCM) technology during the tunneling project. The TCM lowers the risk involved in installing high voltage cables in tunnels, as well as increasing the speed, efficiency and quality of installation. When Balfour have used this technology previously they have witnessed a project timescale be reduced by up to a third.