Hub South East Scotland Ltd is delighted to announce that that Balfour Beatty is joining its supply chain as a third Tier 1 Construction Contractor, further strengthening its offering which already includes Morrison and BAM Construction.

Hub South East has successfully delivered more than 80 new or refurbished facilities for public sector clients in the Lothians and Borders but, as a true development partner, it goes well beyond bricks and mortar. Hub South East provides strategic partnering services promoting placemaking, progress towards net-zero carbon and a local focus upon social and economic gain. Its developments support service integration and utilise a whole life cost approach, encouraging the achievement of aspirational government targets through innovation.

The Hub programme is ideally placed to deliver the recommendations of the National Infrastructure Commission and, given the potential future pipeline opportunities that lie ahead, an additional Tier 1 construction partner has been brought on board to further strengthen its capability.

The appointment of Balfour Beatty follows a comprehensive selection process which involved representatives from public sector clients and the Scottish Futures Trust and means there are now three high quality, innovative and experienced Tier 1 Contractors available to assist Hub South East in achieving its ambitions.

Paul McGirk, Hub South East’s Chief Executive said:

“As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s likely that social infrastructure will become an engine for rebuilding the economy. The need for investment in this area will be more apparent than ever and, in the Hub programme, Government and local public sector partners have the perfect vehicle for implementing that investment.

“A recent independent impact assessment of the Hub programme concluded that, in the 10 years since its inception, it has delivered successful outcomes in relation to partnership working, project delivery and added value. Our approach is focused on building strong relationships, increasing efficiency, raising quality, championing innovation, and continually improving our performance.

“As a well-respected contractor, with experience in other Hubs across Scotland, Balfour Beatty demonstrated a commitment to our shared values and partnership ethos and we’re looking forward to working with the team. Strong relationships with our supply chain members are fundamental to Hub South East’s continued success and I am confident that this new appointment will be an excellent addition to our already strong offering, helping us to achieve our aim of being the development partner of choice for our public sector clients.”

Hector MacAulay MBE, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Regional Scotland construction business added:

“We are delighted to be supporting Hub South East in delivering public sector infrastructure across the region.

“We look forward to building on our wealth of expertise and experience in providing first class facilities, whilst also continuing to prioritise the communities in which we operate; providing numerous local employment and supply chain opportunities.”