Balfour Beatty poaches Kier boss to lead sustainability push

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Balfour Beatty has appointed Kier’s erstwhile caput of sustainability, Jo Gilroy, arsenic its UK manager of sustainability.

Gilroy (pictured) joins the steadfast aft 3 years astatine the UK’s second-biggest contractor, successful a determination that complements a raft of caller substantiality hires astatine Balfour Beatty.

The erstwhile caput of biology services astatine East West Rail, Michael Shanks, has besides joined Balfour Beatty arsenic its caput of situation and sustainability, portion Brian Handock has go caput of situation and sustainability for the company’s UK construction-services business. Handock antecedently served arsenic situation and sustainability pb astatine Irish civilian engineering steadfast Roadbridge.

Adam Newsome has besides joined arsenic caput of biology compliance aft 2 years starring Bam Nuttall’s enactment connected the Silvertown Tunnel project.

Balfour Beatty main enforcement Leo Quinn said sustainability had “long been astatine the bosom of what we do”.

“We indispensable not remainder connected our laurels," helium added. "We indispensable proceed to put successful and thrust guardant the sustainable solutions that volition alteration america to present the infrastructure required for a net-zero industry.”

In October, Balfour Beatty secured a sustainability-linked indebtedness worthy £375m, which it said was the biggest ever awarded successful the operation industry.

The outgo of the firm's borrowing was linked to Balfour's show successful reducing c emissions, generating societal worth and improving its environmental, societal and governance people connected the autarkic Sustainalytics index. Wates and Willmott Dixon are among the operation firms to person signed up to akin sustainability-linked loans.

A consortium led by Balfour Beatty, meanwhile, was selected successful December to assistance work up a plan for the UK’s archetypal full-scale carbon-capture vigor works connected Teesside.