14 Facts About Balfour Beatty


Balfour Beatty plc is an international infrastructure group based in the United Kingdom with capabilities in construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.

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George Balfour was elected to the House of Commons in 1918 and played a large part in the debates which established the National Grid.

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Balfour Beatty was heavily involved in the development of Scotland's hydro electric power, building dams, transmission lines and power stations.

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Balfour Beatty moved away from its traditional area of expertise in 1986, when it formed Balfour Beatty Homes, building on a modest scale from its office in Nottingham.

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Balfour Beatty Homes was renamed Clarke Homes and then sold to Westbury in 1995.

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In 2011, Balfour Beatty sold its trackwork manufacturing business to Progress Rail.

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In February 2007, Balfour Beatty acquired Texas based Centex Construction for £180m.

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Balfour Beatty refused to allow an extension of time for negotiations which could have prompted a fourth bid.

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In May 2021, it was announced that Lord Allen would be the next Balfour Beatty chairman, succeeding Philip Aiken from 20 July 2021.

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In October 2005, Balfour Beatty was found guilty of breaching health and safety laws, and were fined £10 million for its involvement in the October 2000 Hatfield rail crash.

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On 10 October 2013, Balfour Beatty was one of eight construction firms involved in blacklisting that apologised for their actions, and agreed to pay compensation to affected workers.

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On 22 January 2016, the High Court ordered 30 construction firms to disclose all emails and correspondence relating to blacklisting by 12 February 2016, after it emerged that Balfour Beatty managers had referred to blacklisted workers as 'sheep'.

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Balfour Beatty lied about repairs made to housing for US servicemembers and pocketed performance bonuses to which it was not entitled.

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Balfour Beatty is a member of a wide range of industry and trade bodies, associations and institutions, reflecting the significant breadth of its capability as well as corporate priorities.

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