Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK

Construction Project Overview

The Thames Estuary Asset Management Project (TEAM 2100) is a 10-year Environment Agency programme to refurbish and replace the London and Thames Estuary tidal flood defences. The project encompasses the Thames Barrier, 350km’s of flood walls and embankments, and various smaller structures from Teddington to Shoeburyness. Balfour Beatty has been awarded a Gold National Site Award for the incredible standards upheld during the project in 2023. The project team has achieved very high standards in line with the scheme’s aims.

Project Highlights

TEAM 2100 consistently exceeded expectations across the Code of Considerate Practice. Community engagement was exemplary, with particular emphasis on supporting educational institutions. Environmental protection was thorough, with carbon reduction measures and training. Exceptional welfare facilities were provided, prioritising physical and mental wellbeing. Health and safety procedures were exemplary.

Innovations & Best Practices

The project team has achieved several CCS-approved best practice accomplishments. The team introduced an advanced new sprinkler system to reduce internal temperatures by 12c, creating a safer, more comfortable working environment. It also introduced a carbon reduction awareness campaign, to educate employees about the carbon footprint of emails and promote practices to reduce their environmental impact.

Respecting the Community

Due to the project’s location within a high-security boundary, community impact was minimal. Works occurred during standard business hours at the Thames Barrier. Immaculate housekeeping standards were maintained, with regular inspections by the environment and sustainability team. Measures were in place to minimise dust, noise, and pollution, including dampening down during dry weather, using sound barriers when necessary, and proper waste management. Community engagement was fostered through site inductions, designated communication channels, and social media updates.

Caring for the Environment

The project adhered to certified environmental management procedures for environmental protection. All projects underwent environmental risk assessments, with regular inspections and reviews. Drills were conducted, and data was reported against environmental targets. Staff received training on working near water and other relevant environmental topics. Furthermore, environmental achievements have been shared with the local community through various channels.

Valuing the Workforce

The project also followed robust occupational health and safety management procedures. Focussing on the continuous professional development of its staff, the project also supported workforce diversity initiatives. The company’s exemplary safety culture was prioritised through various initiatives, including regular safety training, inspections, and clear communication channels. Staff were also empowered to prioritise safety and report concerns. Exceptional standards of welfare were maintained, with well-equipped facilities and amenities for the workforce.

Congratulations to the team for these outstanding performance levels.

Award Level

More about this project on the Construction Map