May 16, 2020

New MD for Balfour Beatty Scotland and Ireland

Balfour Beatty
Lucy Dixon
2 min
Dean House in Edinburgh
Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure company, has appointed Hector MacAulay as Managing Director for its regional construction and civil eng...

Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure company, has appointed Hector MacAulay as Managing Director for its regional construction and civil engineering business in Scotland and Ireland.

MacAulay has three decades of experience within the civil engineering and construction industry, including 26 years with Balfour Beatty during which time he has held significant roles as Managing Director of the Southern Regional Civil Engineering business and his most recent role as Managing Director for the Edinburgh Delivery Unit. 

He said: “I am delighted to be appointed to my new role for a company I have been dedicated to for most of my professional career. I am passionate about building the business and reputation of Balfour Beatty through a first class, customer focused service and delivering great projects that utilise our industry leading engineering expertise. I strongly believe the construction industry has a duty and a responsibility to support and enhance the communities within which it operates and to leave a lasting and sustainable legacy when it moves on.”

His role will entail responsibility for all of Balfour Beatty's construction and civil engineering activities across Scotland and Ireland, which has an annual turnover of circa £400million, and operates out of delivery units based in Edinburgh, Paisley, Aberdeen and Dublin.

Balfour Beatty is currently delivering projects across Scotland and Ireland including student accommodation at Holyrood, Kennedy Street in Glasgow and St Peter Street in Aberdeen; the New Portobello High School in Edinburgh; the NHS Ayrshire & Arran Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital project in Irvine and the major extension to the Clyde Windfarm; new mainline Railway stations at Edinburgh Gateway and Dundee, and a number of major infrastructure packages in the North East including the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, A96 Inveramsey Bridge and the Third Don Crossing in Aberdeen and in Ireland the Ireland Primary Care Centres PPP Project.

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Jun 3, 2021

uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Round up of this week's launches covers uPVC piping, safety glasses and new Spetz app

This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.

Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.

Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.

Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.

Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility. 

"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”

Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.


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