Balfour Beatty has closed its regional construction business in the south of England which has now been merged with the northern and midlands unit.

The closure has led to the departure of Beth West who joined Balfour Beatty only 12 months ago (February 2020) in anticipation of a surge in growth througout the southern region, the pandemic has however put a stop to that and left her with no clear role moving forward for the immediate future.

The arrival of Beth West at Balfour was big news and having previously been the head of development for property developer Landsec’s London portfolio and a commercial director of HS2 she was expected lead and grow Balfours expected £250m-turnover Construction South regional business.

Announcing her departure on LinkedIn, Beth West announced:

“A year ago, I joined Balfour Beatty to lead the South business as it was on the cusp of a really exciting phase, with Heathrow expansion on the cards and other exciting opportunities in front of us. But unfortunately, Covid has changed the business materially and at the moment, it is unviable as a stand-alone business unit. Therefore, I will be leaving Balfour Beatty as of today to consider pastures new and The Next Big Thing.”

A Balfour Beatty spokesperson said: “Due to market conditions in the south of England, we are consolidating our Construction Services Regional South business unit into the North and Midlands business unit to form a single business unit.

“We remain committed to working with our customers to continue to successfully deliver our active schemes in the south of England and will continue to selectively bid projects where our expertise delivers value for our clients coupled with an appropriate risk return ratio to ensure successful outcomes for all.”

The departure follows last months announcement by Balfour Beatty that:  Mark Bullock, previously chief executive for Rail & Utilities, had taken over as chief executive of UK Construction Services, replacing Dean Banks, who is taking on a new role in Australia.