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62 jobs under threat as Balfour Beatty proposes closure of Scottish joinery

More than 60 workers could lose their jobs after Balfour Beatty subsidiary Mansell proposed to close an 131-year-old Scottish joinery workshop

The Hall and Tawse factory in Aberdeen – which is part of Mansell Construction Services – is facing closure due to a “significant downturn” in work. The workshop employs 62 staff.

A Balfour Beatty spokesperson said:  “Due to a significant downturn in activity levels Mansell has put forward a proposal to close its Hall and Tawse Joinery Workshop located in Aberdeen.

“Mansell is currently undertaking a consultation with employees regarding this proposal so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Events at Hall and Tawse are separate from a wider business review being undertaken by Balfour Beatty.

That wider review has begun with a staff consultation to assess how the UK construction business – which has 12,000 workers and a £3.5 billion turnover - can be aligned “to current and future market conditions”, with the aim of saving £50m in efficiencies each year to 2015.

The contractor said while no jobs are at immediate risk, there could be redundancies further down the line, potentially affecting some of the 4,000 non-operational staff.

As Construction News reported last week, one proposal is to create a new model with three main parts of the UK business - regional building and civils, regional M&E and major infrastructure – supported by regional hubs.

The company is asking staff for feedback on a variety of proposals, with consultation expected to come to an end at the end of this month or start of May.

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