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Balfour streamlines to take on world

BALFOUR BEATTY is to abandon its separate Civil Engineering and International businesses for a single organisation in a bid to focus its work around the world.

Major projects will be undertaken as part of Balfour Beatty Ltd, headed by chief executive Mike Welton and run by current BBCE managing director Andy Rose and International managing director Lawrence Hoskins.

Welton said that the change was necessary to compete in the increasingly competitive world market where clients were now looking for a 'one-stop- shop'.

'We feel that worldwide major projects are becoming more complex and specialised,' he said. 'To be competitive we have created a single discipline worldwide.' The new organisation will bring together all major project activities including civil engineering, rail, power and infrastructure.

Under the new organisation Hoskins will be responsible for seeking out and winning work over £40M in the UK and over £25M overseas. He will also look after regional businesses in Dubai, Indonesia, the Philippines and Hong Kong. Rose will be in charge of operations and the on site execution of the projects.

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