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Balfour Beatty poaches Barhale chief exec

Balfour Beatty has appointed Barhale chief executive Mark Cutler to be its new regional construction and civil engineering managing director.

Mr Cutler will join Balfour’s UK and Ireland business at the end of January 2014 from Barhale, where he was chief executive for more than three years.

He was previously managing director of Morgan Est and had worked with Tarmac Construction in a range of senior positions.

The move is the latest change in Balfour Beatty’s leadership structure, after it announced a restructure last month. Mr Cutler will replace Mike Peasland in the role.

Mr Peasland, who is due to retire, had been UK construction chief executive until he was made regional MD role in May.

Balfour Beatty is recruiting a chief financial officer to replace Barry Perrin, who will become chief commercial officer once the new appointment is made.

Balfour Beatty’s regional business has a turnover of around £1.8bn and carries out work through four regional hubs in Manchester, Edinburgh, London and Bristol and 17 offices across the UK and Ireland.

Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK chief executive officer Nick Pollard said Mr Cutler would help to “drive operational efficiency and increase our profitable order book”.

He added: “Mark’s arrival is well timed, coinciding with the increased volumes of regional construction and civil engineering activity being procured by a wide range of customers across different sectors.”

Those who will report directly to Mr Cutler include regional managing director for the North and Midlands Mark Farrah; regional managing director for London and South-east Neil Patterson; regional managing director South-west Bill Kingwill; and regional managing director for Scotland and Ireland Murray Easton.

Meanwhile a Kier Balfour Beatty joint venture has been awarded a £121m two-year deal to begin work on a new defence college.

The Hercules 50:50 joint venture was awarded the deal by the Ministry of Defence for the first stage of work on a defence college of technical training at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.

Much of the redevelopment will consist of the upgrade and refurbishment of existing buildings. The JV will refurbish approximately 73,000 sq m of existing building stock and deliver 56,000 sq m of new build.

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