30 August 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has announced the combination of its engineering services and engineering construction businesses to create Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick.
Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, a circa £300 million revenue business, will be “at the forefront of the industry and will better serve its customers through drawing on the strength of expertise that already exists within the two businesses”, according to the organisation.
In a statement the company said the move would help it to “be in a strong position to leverage economies of scale in local markets and provide added value for its customers around cost, quality and efficient delivery”.
Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will be led by managing director Simon Lafferty, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the mechanical and electrical sectors. He will continue to report to Dean Banks, managing director of Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Services.
Banks said: “The mechanical and electrical engineering sector is dynamic and requires breadth and depth of expertise, quality of delivery and significant capability. This move ensures we can fully leverage the huge experience and unrivalled scale we have within Balfour Beatty.”
Lafferty added: “Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will be one of the largest organisations of its type in the UK, offering a range of services and capabilities unique in the mechanical and electrical market.”
Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick’s capabilities will span the nuclear, power, infrastructure, process and defence, transport, healthcare, education, residential and commercial sectors. It will offer additional capabilities through its in-house modular manufacturing facility, Modular Systems +, which delivers “innovative and value engineered solutions, and its industrial mechanical pipe fabrication facility, which manufactures and installs large, complex, low and high-pressure fabricated piping systems”.
The company’s current contract portfolio includes works on the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers project, Urenco’s Tails Management Facility project, Crossrail’s Woolwich and Whitechapel stations, the Gatwick Airport Framework and three major projects within the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency’s Sellafield site. The company also has preferred bidder status for the Hinkley Point C Nuclear power station main electrical package.
Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick employs a direct workforce of 2,200 across the UK.