Balfour unveil appointment to lead construction in the south of England

The infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty has announced the appointment of a new man at the helm to lead its construction businesses in the south of the country.

Dave Smith has been hired as managing director of Balfour’s regional construction business in the south of England and joins from the McLaren Group where he was managing director of its construction business. Previously he spent 32 years at Wates in a range of senior positions, latterly as construction managing director and group chief operating officer.

A qualified Quantity Surveyor, Smith has a wide range of experience across the UK construction market and an extensive project delivery background, overseeing a mix of public and private sector frameworks.

Commenting on the appointment, Dean Banks, chief executive officer of Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Services business, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dave to the Balfour Beatty team. This appointment will support Balfour Beatty’s Build to Last goals of Lean, Expert, Trusted and Safe; utilising Dave’s expert capability and deep specialist knowledge to drive future profitable growth in the region.”

Balfour Beatty’s regional business in the south of England spans numerous sectors including aviation, buildings and defence infrastructure. Most recently, the company was awarded a £43 million contract by Wapping Wharf Living to deliver the second phase of Bristol’s Wapping Wharf regeneration project.

As part of the works, Balfour Beatty will provide two residential blocks comprising of 256 new homes, four new retail units spanning 659m2, ground level car parking, bicycle storage and landscaping for the new homes.

In addition, the firm will retain and restore the early 19th Century, Grade II listed Gaol Gate and Gaol Wall Structures which will act as a pedestrian feature entrance to the residential buildings, reflecting the history and character of the area. Balfour has been working in collaboration with Wapping Wharf Living since 2017.

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