New Balfour Beatty site cabins designed for disabled and neurodiverse

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Balfour Beatty has launched a new site cabin design with integrated disability and neurodiverse features.

The EcoSense cabins, designed in collaboration with Sunbelt Rentals, incorporate wider corridors for wheelchair users, coloured plug sockets and switches to assist the visually impaired, and tri-coloured LED lighting for those who are hyper-sensitive to bright light.

They also include occupier-activated extractor fan sensors and lower kilowatt heaters with built-in, self-regulating digital thermostats, which will Balfour Beatty claimed would reduce carbon emissions on site by up to 30%.

The new design is being rolled out across several of the company’s projects in the UK and will be introduced as standard to all new site set-ups from January 2022.

Once deployed, it is expected that Balfour Beatty will save a minimum of 1,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions across its site cabin portfolio each year. When combined with the company’s EcoNet technology, which effectively manages the power supply of site compounds, an additional 4,000 to 5,000 tonnes of CO2 savings can be expected annually.

Heather Bryant, Balfour Beatty’s health, safety, environment & sustainability director, said: “At Balfour Beatty, sustainability is at the heart of what we do, whether we’re attracting, training, and retaining the diverse workforce of the future, or developing innovative new solutions for the construction and infrastructure industry.

“But we know that to truly move the dial, we must work together. EcoSense is another example of how, alongside our partners such as Sunbelt Rentals, we are actively becoming smarter and greener, faster, as we move towards an inclusive, net zero world.”

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