Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport
Project start/completion date - May 2018 to August 2019
Site visit from Tayside Construction Forum/ International College Dundee - 17 May 2019
On Friday afternoon project manager Ally Johnston welcomed representatives from the local Tayside Construction Forum and also a group of students from the International College University of Dundee.
Visitors were provided with an overview of the scope of works, progress made on site to date and had an opportunity to walk round the site with Ally to view the outdoor rugby pitch, indoor football pitch, new sports hub building and indoor athletics building.
Supporting work placement from Grove Academy - 13 May 2019
Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project team are supporting 3rd year Grove Academy pupil Riley Neilson on site this week. Riley is completing a one week work placement this week and is interested in a future career in construction.
Progress Photograph - 13 May 2019
Progress Photograph - 8 May 2019
Design Engineer Construct pupils submit final course portfolios – 25 April 2019
The Harris Academy Design Engineer Construct programme which has been sponsored by Balfour Beatty in Dundee is nearing completion. Level 2 pupils successfully submitted their final course portfolios on 25 April and these will be marked in upcoming weeks.
Pupils are now preparing for their final exam which is scheduled for the end of May and pupils which pass both elements will receive an industry recognised qualification which is the equivalent of a Scottish Higher pass.
ICE presentation at University of Dundee – 18 April 2019
Project lead Alistair Johnston presented to students at University of Dundee as part of a session organised by Institute for Civil Engineers and in partnership with David Kingsmill, Dundee City Council.
Alistair provided students with insight into the construction of the Regional Performance Centre for Sport project and was joined by Gregor Ford, GI Energy Project Manager who provided students with technical information related to the new Energy Centre which is located on site.
Progress Photograph - 18 April 2019
Completion of Abertay University Industrial Placements – 5 April 2019
3rd year Civil Engineering students Scott Anderson & Ross Coates successfully completed their 12 week industrial placements on site.
Both students made extremely valuable contributions to the project over the 12 week period and received excellent references from the project team which supported them while on site
Certificate of Excellence – Considerate Constructors visit – 3 April 2019
Project team members have received notification that the site has gained a Certificate of Excellence from the Considerate Constructors Scheme in recognition of a positive site visit at start of April.
CCS monitors rated the site 41/45, awarding the scheme 9/9 for the support which has been provided to local schools and community groups since starting on site in May 2018.
New Apprenticeships on site – 3 April 2019
3 new apprenticeships have been confirmed in March for Balfour Beatty direct employees
The project team and supply chain also continue to support 2 x current Dundee & Angus Shared Apprentices on site. Both apprentices are due to remain on site to at least June 2019 which will result in over 52 weeks cumulative shared apprentice week placements being supported by the project
ICE Tayside branch visit – Friday 22 March 2019
An additional site visit was scheudled specifically for the ICE Tayside branch members which include current Civil Engineering students and graduates of local civil engineering courses.
The visit lasted around 90 minutes and visitors on the day were provided with an overview on the project objectives, progress to date and then walk round site to view the athletics building, sports block hub, indoor football pitch and external rugpy pitch area.
The ICE visit focused on technical aspects of the projects and students were provided with the opportunity to ask questions about the design and learnt more about the renewable energy project which is part of the overall sport centre project.
"The graduates and students of the Tayside & Fife ICE branch are grateful to Alistair Johnston, John Cairns and the team at Balfour Beatty for hosting us at the Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport earlier today. The site visit provided an interesting insight into the work being done on this impressive project. Looking forward to witnessing the end result later in the year. Thanks again! #inspiringconstruction" - Daniel Colaci – Chair of ICE Tayside branch
Open Doors UK sessions - Friday 22 March 2019
The Dundee Regional Performance Centre supported 3 x visits as part of the fully booked UK Open Doors UK visits
Ally Johnston, Alisdair Reilly, Jamie Lyon & Leigh Clark successful hosted around 50 visitors on site during Open Doors UK visits to sites on Friday 22 March 2019
The visit lasted around 90 minutes and visitors on the day were provided with an overview on the project objectives, progress to date and then walk round site to view the athletics building, sports block hub, indoor football pitch and external rugpy pitch area.
Visitors during the sessions included local community members of sporting associations that will utilise project facilities once complete - these included Dundee Rugby club, Cycling Dundee and Hawkhill Harriers running club
“Thanks for having us. The facility is looking excellent and will be an inspiration for athletes from Dundee and beyond” Ian Lowe – Student Services Manager (Sport) – Abertay University
Site visit from University of Dundee Interior Design student - 18 March 2019
Balfour Beatty section engineer Jamie Lyon welcomed University of Dundee year 3 students Melanie & Eliza Chiswell to site today to support them with their current university research project. Melanie is a year 3 Interior & Environmental design student that is focusing on the interior design of sport centres as part of her current project.
Progress Photograph - 15 March 2019
Project manager & Community Benefits lead shortlisted for Construction News award - 14 March 2019
Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project manager Ally Johnston and Community Benefits Advisor Duncan Gardner have been shortlisted for the Construction News Community Engagement project of the year for their work last year on the Almondbank Flood Protection scheme.
Both Ally & Duncan were involved with the Almondbank project before joining the Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project in May 2018. Well done to both for making the shortlist and good luck at the awards ceremony in May 2019.
Presentations at DYW Dundee & Angus teachers event - Tuesday 12 March 2019
Duncan Garnder (Community Benefits Advisor) and David Murray (Graduate Engineer) both provided presentations at the DYW Dundee & Angus information event which engaged local teachers to inform them of the range of careers which exist within construction.
International Womens Day - Friday 8 March 2019
Balfour Beatty Graduate Quantity Surveyor Viktoria Galeva coordinated our activties for the #BalanceforBetter campaign at Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay
A range of project members showed support and took part in the #BalanceforBetter campaign
Progress Photograph - Friday 8 March 2019
Site manager presentation to Graduate Apprenticeship students at the University of Dundee - Monday 4 March 2019
Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport site manager Tom Truesdale met 16 graduate apprentices from the University of Dundee Graduate apprenticeship programme as part of Scottish Apprenticeship week activity. At the session Tom spoke about his role at the Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project and his career to date within the construction industry.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week - Dundee & Angus Shared Apprentices - 4 March 2019
The Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport team are delighted to support the local Dundee & Angus shared apprentice scheme
2nd year Electrical apprentice Connor Petro is part of Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick team delivering M&E - joining the project at the start of January.
Connor is one of two shared apprentices that are currently part of the Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport delivery and the 5th shared apprentice to be part of Balfour Beatty projects that have been delivered in Dundee over the past 12 months.
Latest drone progress photographs & video - 27 February 2019
Progress Photographs - 24 February 2019
Dundee Sports Awards - 20 February 2019 - Caird Hall, Dundee
The Dundee Regional Performance Centre project sponsored the Dundee Sports Awards 2019. Balfour Beatty provided sponsorship funding to be the main headline sponsor for the Dundee Sports Awards.
The awards ceremony was held in Caird Hall on the evening of 20 February and around 250 people were in attendance to regonise the sporting achievement of people in Dundee within 2018.
Meet the Buyer Tayside - 19 February 2019
Representatives from Balfour Beatty hosted a stall at the local Meet the Buyer event at the Invercarse hotel in Dundee on Tuesday 19 February.
The event was a great way to engage with local businesses and to promote supply chain opportunities on current/upcoming projects including Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport, Ninewells Hospital & the A9 dualling project.
Workshops for P1 classes at St Andrews RC Primary - 11 February 2019
Support for PACE event for McGills Staff - 8 February 2019
Grant Arnott and Louise Griffiths from Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick attended the PACE event in the Apex Hotel in Dundee to speak with people about job opportunities which may be available in the Tayside region. Over 400 + operatives and staff members were in attendance ranging from ops directors to 1st year apprentices.
Many of the staff on the Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project have friends and close connections that have recently been made redundant through the McGills administration and so it was a day of mixed emotions for everyone involved.
Grant and Louise collected CV’s on the day and also connected with people on LinkedIn and hopefully the project can assist in securing roles for some of those affected.
Progress Photographs - 7 February 2019
On Wednesday 6 February, Ian Hogg (Balfour Beatty Design Manager) supported a session at the University of Dundee the Harris Academy Design Engineer Construct (DEC!) Level 2 class.
Level 2 DEC! pupils showcased their projects and talked through their concept designs & ideas behind their projects - each pupil has been working to a brief to design a community facility with Magdalene Green In Dundee and each pupil had a different take on what that facility would be - from community centres/sport centres to indoor fishing arenas
Feedback was also provided to pupils from 4 x 2nd year Architecture students who then provided the pupils with a tour of their studios and an insight into their portfolios.
"We were really impressed with the range of issues the pupils were managing to integrate into their proposals, and they did well to present for the first time" - Carol Robertson Admissions Director, University of Dundee
Progress Photographs - 25 January 2019
Balfour Beatty Digital Coordinator supports Autorevit session at Harris Academy - 23 January 2019
Jamie Irvine (Balfour Beatty - Digital Coordinator) visited Harris Academy as part of continued support for the Harris Academy Design Engineer Construct programme.
Jamie visited on Wednesday 23 January to support pupils with their Autorevit models which they are designing as part of the Level 2 course. Plenty of great concepts & designs starting to take shape.
Pupils are also currently preparing to present their designs to Balfour Beatty Design Director Ian Hogg within the University of Dundee Architecture crit space on 6 February
Progress Photograph - 23 January 2019
Open Doors Week - opportunity to visit site on Friday 22 March - 60 places available
Dundee Regional Performance Centre For Sports is taking part in the Open Doors Week, a Build UK initiative aimed at inspiring and encouraging more individuals into the industry.
Open Doors allow members of the public, school children and those considering a career change to see behind the scenes at construction sites across the UK. The day will start with a brief induction followed by details about the project and information showcasing the diverse range of skills needed within the industry. It’s an opportunity to promote construction as a great industry to work in and encourage the next generation of engineers.
Open Door Week runs from 18th - 23rd March. To book online, please visit;
Latest Drone footage of site - 15 January 2018 (Filmed 19/12/18)
12 week Industrial Placements students from Abertay University start on site - 14 January 2018
Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project team today welcomed Scott Anderson and Ross Coates from Abertay University who have both joined the project team on a 12 week industrial placements.
Both students were selected for the placement after a competitive interview process which was run in partnership with the University.
The placement has been arranged as part of their third year BEng Civil & Environmental Engineering degree and continues our successful partnership with Abertay University following the successful completion of two work placements on site from the University in summer 2018.
Progress Photograph - 11 January 2019
Progress Photograph - 10 January 2019
Back to Work Briefing for site staff - 7 January 2019
Balfour Beatty Project Manager Ally Johnston site team hosted a back to work briefing for 84 members of staff on site at the Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport. After a break on site over the Christmas and New Year period, the briefing was a great opportunity to outline progress made on the project so far, upcoming priorities and reinforce the importance of health & safety excellence on site at all times.
Progress Photograph - Tensile structure - 21 December 2018
Christmas presents donations to Dundee Charity 'Help for Kids' - 20 December 2018
Amazing fundraising effort from team at Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport over the last couple of weeks, raising £620 which allowed the team to buy over 100 gifts for children in the local area.
Dundee Charity Help for Kids collected the gifts yesterday as part of their Christmas appeal in Dundee. Special mention to Balfour Beatty's Lynsey Garvie for coordinating this years Christmas present appeal on site and for building on the relationship with Help for Kids which was started on the Dundee Railway Station & Hotel project.
Progress Photograph - Indoor Athletics Building - 19 December 2018
Latest external 3d images - 12 December 2018
Honor Big Build runners up awards - St Andrews RC Primary & Fintry Nursery
Fintry Early Years Centre in Dundee took part this year by constructing their very own Broughty Ferry Castle. The pupils, had a discussion about the various buildings in Dundee, putting forward many options including Cox’s Stack and the V&A Dundee. Once all of the suggestions were collated, the children voted on their preferred option. Broughty Ferry Castle came out as a clear winner.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the St Andrews Primary school building, P1 classes built a replica model of their school. The two P1 classes worked together and built one model per class coordinate via P1 class teacher Mrs Gillian Robertson. The pupils really enjoyed working together to build the replica and Balfour Beatty are going to return in the new year to run further activities with the P1 classes to build upon their experience of completing the Honor Big Build competition.
Both schools have been awarded runners up prizes for their enteries to this years competition. Further details can be found in the Honor Big Build Competition brochure.
DYW Dundee & Angus 'Its your future event' - 21/22 November 2018
"The It’s Your Future team would like to thank you for attending our event. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated and we hope you all had a good time and that there were some great engagements with the pupils." - Developing the Young Workforce Dundee and Angus
Dundee & Angus College NC Built Environment site visit - 19 November 2018
Project Manager Ally Johnston welcomed 10 Dundee & Angus NC Built Environment students on a site visit at our Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project. Excellent to have students on site and we will hopefully see them again on site in spring 2019.
"A big Thank you for offering a great tour of the site to our students!" - Daniel Kiraly, Dundee & Angus College lecturer
Sleep in the Park - 2018 - Sponsor Duncan Gardner (Community Benefits Advisor) for participation in Dundee event on 8 December 2018!
Participation in 'Dream Big' film showing at Abertay University - 15 November 2018
John Cairns (Community Benefits Advisor) hosted a stall to promote construction and engineering pathways to attendees at the film screening of 'Dream Big' in association with ICE Scotland. The event was attended by around 80 pupils and students from Dundee and the new film showcased engineering wonders of the world. An amazing and inspiring film and it was great to see the Falkirk Wheel being featured in a film that will has received a worldwide release.
On behalf of the Tayside and Fife Branch of the ICE, thank you for supporting our screening of Dream Big. The screening was a great success with over 180 attendees; including many people interested in a civil engineering career.
Andy Louden. Committee Member Tayside and Fife Branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Project Manager Ally Johnston collects Gold for Environmental Best Practice at the International Green Apple Awards - 12 November 2018
The Balfour Beatty Almondbank flood protection team (Oct 2016 - Sept 2018) received a Gold Award for Environmental Best Practice at the Green Apple Awards last week.
Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport project team members Ally Johnston (Senior Project Manager) and Community Duncan Gardner (Community Benefits Advisor) had previously worked on the Scape Almondbank Flood protection scheme and were delighted to collect the Gold award at the awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on 12 November 2018.
The judges commented on the teams innovation, environmental management, stakeholder engagement and works within the community when recognising the work done by the team in completing these important works.
Balfour Beatty are one of the new corporate sponsors for Sleep in the Park, Dundee
Sleep in the Park is a nationwide sleep out to end homelessness in Scotland for good. 4 Cities. One night. 12,000 people under the stars. Saturday 8th December, 2018. Get involved at Slessor Gardens - Dundee, DD1 1AR
Progress Photograph - 14 November 2018
Local children’s charity gets helping hand from community - 9 November 2018
The Yard Dundee, a charity providing a safe place to play for disabled children, got a boost from local businesses led by Balfour Beatty at the weekend. Local tradesmen donated their time and materials on Saturday 3 November to give the well-loved play space a mini makeover.
Local tradesmen tackled a range of challenges at Rainbow House in Mid Craigie, making important improvements to the building, heating, plumbing and electrics for the benefit of everyone who uses the community centre. Rainbow House hosts The Yard Dundee every weekend, offering opportunities for adventure play, fun and friendship for disabled children, and a supportive community for their families.
This vital work was made possible by generously donated materials donated from Balfour Beatty’s supply chain partners, and a grant from Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
“On behalf of our families, we are so grateful to Balfour Beatty and all the volunteers who gave up their time to help us get Rainbow House looking great again. There is nothing else like The Yard for disabled children and their families in Dundee, so we are delighted to be able to make our playground even more welcoming for them. We would also like to thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery whose support allowed us to tackle this project.” - Gill Thomson, Play Team Leader at The Yard Dundee
“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to provide essential building services works and general repairs to Rainbow House. This was made possible by kind donations from our local supply chain. We would like to thank all of those who have helped Gill and her team with the next step in The Yard’s journey.” - Grant Arnott, Contracts Manager at Balfour Beatty
On Monday 29 October - Viktoria met with pupils to provide an overview of her role as a Quantity Surveyor and to provide pupils with an insight into the commercial aspects of projects. This was greatly appreciated by the school as part of the level 2 DEC! course requires pupils to understand what is meant by cost planning, understand a plan of works and the session really started to get pupils thinking more about the importance of understanding the costs for their proposed projects.
On Wednesday 31 October - David met with pupils at Magdalen Green in Dundee as this is the proposed site for their Level 2 projects. The session allowed pupils an opportunity to set out their proposed projects in the park to provide them with a better understanding of the size and scale of their designs. Pupils also got hands on experience with some of the kit used by an engineer such as a Leica Totalstation.
Supporting the Yard Dundee
Progress Photograph - 26 October 2018
Drone Survey footage - 25 October 2018
Promoting future placement opportunities to 3rd students at Abertay University
On Tuesday 23 October, Jason Jones (Senior Materials Engineer) Duncan Gardner (Community Benefits Advisor) & John Cairns (Community Benefits Advisor) promoting upcoming Industrial Placement opportunities at an event at Abertay University.
Balfour Beatty are currently looking for 6-8 students to complete 8-12 week placements starting in January based on site at Dundee Sports Centre and A9 dualling project as well as in the onsite A9 lab. Over the next couple of weeks students will apply for their placements of choice and final candidates should be confirmed by end of the year. S4 pupils from Perth Academy & Monifieth High also attended the event and in total around 100 people attended across the session.
Project Photograph - 12 October 2018
Project Photographs - 4 October 2018
Project Photographs - 29 September 2018
Participation in citywide careers event. Caird Hall, Dundee - 27 September 2018
John Cairns, Balfour Beatty Community Benefits Advisor, participated in the Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce sponsored citywide careers event at Caird Hall on Thursday 27 September. John supported a stall in partnership with DJ Laing as a CITB Construction ambassador and promoted future careers in construction and also the CITB Go Construct website. The morning session was attended by pupils from across Dundee including St Pauls RC Academy and Baldragon Academy. Approx 100 pupils attended the morning session.
Progress Photograph - 12 September 2018
Abertay University - Site visit for 1st year Civil Engineering Students - 7 September 2018
Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport played host to a group of 23 Abertay engineering students for a site visit on Friday afternoon. Students had an opportunity to see the steel frame of the sports hub, the foundations for the tensile structure which will become the indoor pitch and see the energy centre which is coming along at speed.
Topics covered included the importance of planning and working to a strict programme, careful preparation for tasks such as concrete pours to ensure that all elements of the task are considered and allowed for and the sustainable tech being used to create the geothermal heating loops.
Internal Flythrough of new Sports Centre Hub - 7 September 2018
New site signage - 5 September 2018
Progress Photograph - 1 September 2018
Support for local Scottish Contractors Group education session - 28 August 2018
On Tuesday 28 August, Balfour Beatty's Graduate Engineer David Murray provided a presentation at the Scottish Contractors Group session at Caird Hall in Dundee. The session engaged 51 pupils from secondary schools in the local area including Forfar Academy, Carnoustie Academy, Monifieth High School & Webster's High School. As part of the sessions, Balfour Beatty hosted short workshops on new technologies which are being used within the industry including demonstrations on VR and Augmented reality
Donation to local Perth food bank - 24 August 2018
Supplier event to promote Community Benefit objectives - 23 August 2018
On Thursday 23 August, the team at the new Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport in Caird Park held a supply chain event to discuss how we can deliver meaningful and measurable benefits for communities in Dundee.
The session involved supply chain partners from Martec, Spatial Structures, Kelly Contracts, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, Linn-Tech and Doe Sport North - all who will be delivering vital works on the project, to come together to collectively plan high quality social value add throughout the duration of the project.
In addition, inputs were provided by local partner organisations including Remploy, Job Centre Plus, Shared Apprentice Scheme and the Yard with the objective to connect members of our supply chain to local partners that can assist deliver on our employment and skills KPI’s.
“I definitely learned lots today and Martec will assist you wherever we can to help to achieve the KPI’s.”
Karen Conachan, Sales Director Martec Engineering Group
“It was a pleasure delivering the presentation to such a lovely group of people who all seemed very interested in” who we are” and “what we do”
Gill Thomson, Play Team Leader Dundee, The Yard
Support for The Yard in Dundee
As part of our community offer, site staff and local subcontractors will be supporting the Yard in Dundee. Support provided will include donation or materials and labour with the objective to improve their temporary accommodation which is located on Drumlanrig Place in Mid Craigie. Progress photographs will be published on this site.