Local firms boosted by new Crime Campus


BALFOUR Beatty is celebrating the recent official opening of the £75 million Scottish Crime Campus by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The firm was responsible for the contract to fit-out the new facility at Gartcosh utilising the Public Scotland Contract portal to procure the work package contractors to carry out the works. This is the first time the portal had been used to secure subcontractors on any Scottish project.
The Crime Campus now hosts specialist crime agencies from five organisations: Police Scotland; the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service; the National Crime Agency; HM Revenue and Customs; and Forensic Services.
To date the project has secured three prestigious awards. It won the Scottish BCO Corporate Office Award and will go forward to the national awards.
In addition, the Scottish Government Procurement Team won both the Scottish and National GO Sustainability or Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award.
Balfour Beatty focused on delivering benefits to both the local community and local supply chain. Six new apprenticeships were created and, at peak, 37 existing apprentices were on site at the same time.
The project team engaged with Gartcosh Primary School and Motherwell College, carrying out talks about construction activities and supporting local events. 86% of supply chain orders were placed with firms within 25 miles of the project and 73% of these orders were with small and medium sized businesses.
Murray Easton, Balfour Beatty Regional Managing Director for Scotland, said, “It is important to support and help local communities as they are vital for the growth of the Scottish economy.”