Westgate Opening

Official Opening of the Westgate Centre

Official Opening of the Westgate Centre, Oxford.

Grand Opening of the Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford.

The Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford has officially opened today – Tuesday 24th 2017. BHC were appointed by Laing O’Rourke to supply and install 7,000 tonnes of structural steelwork for the redevelopment of the 1970’s style shopping centre.

Prior to BHC commencing work onsite, the existing reinforced concrete shopping centre was partially demolished, leaving three quarters of the structure to be integrated into the new structure. The redeveloped section of the centre directly connects to the new covered shopping street.

BHC were responsible for erecting 3 x three storey extensions including a basement which will be used as a service yard. Due to the size of the delivery vehicles that will be unloading at the Westgate Shopping Centre, it was necessary for the basement to have clear, open span spaces. BHC fabricated 3 large steel trusses weighing approximately 33 tonnes each and measuring 25m in length.

The 3 new buildings are linked by a series of steel bridges connecting the second and third floors. The longest bridge erected by BHC spans 22m across the main covered street. The new steel framed buildings have been erected around a 7.5m x 7.8m grid pattern whereas the car park structure follows a 7.5m x 15.6m grid. Steel framed construction was chosen for this project as it offers flexibility as the design allows for columns to be removed in order to create larger stores to suit tenant requirements.

The new shopping centre features a 142,000 sq ft John Lewis as its anchor department store, 125 shops, restaurants, cafes and a 5-screen cinema.

The Post Building

Redevelopment of the Post Building.

The Post Building

Work continues to progress on the Post Building, London.

Working alongside with Laing O’Rourke, BHC have been involved with the retention and significant remodeling of the former Royal Mail sorting office.

When complete the building will feature 25,000m² of office space, shops, restaurants, a doctors surgery, public roof garden and 21 affordable apartments.


Oatridge College Visit 2017

BHC welcome Rural Business Management Students

Recently BHC welcomed a group of 40 Rural Business Management students from Oatridge College (SRUC). The students are currently undertaking a module in Farm Buildings which will allow them to gain a RICS accreditation.

Their site visit included a brief presentation regarding BHC’s work within the Agricultural sector and a tour of the manufacturing facilities.

Oatridge College Visit 2017

Elgin High School

Elgin High School Opens it Doors

Elgin High School

The new £30 million Elgin High School has opened its door to pupils. 

The high-tech campus replaced the existing building and includes a state-of-the-art fitness suite, auditorium and library.

Main Contractor Balfour Beatty appointed BHC as the steelwork sub-contractor for the new teaching and sports facility. Over a three month period, BHC erected over 750 tonnes of steelwork to form the High School, which will cater for 1,000 pupils.

Elgin High School

Accounts Assistant Administrator

Job Opportunity: Accounts Assistant/Administrator – Vacancy Fulfilled

Accounts Assistant Administrator

BHC is one of the UK’s leading Structural Steel Fabrication and Construction companies supplying and erecting fabricated steel nationwide within the UK and Ireland.

We currently have a vacancy for an Accounts Assistant / Administrator to support our busy Accounts department.

Basic duties of the role will include:

  • Accurate and timely processing of sub contract pay certs, purchase invoices and supplier statements.
  • Completing purchase ledger tasks within issued deadlines.
  • Creating purchase orders within accounting system.
  • Preparation of nominal ledger journals, miscellaneous receipts and payments.
  • Preparing Ad-Hoc invoices and reports for weighbridge activity along with recording vehicle information upon entering/exiting our site.
  • CIS submissions to HMRC.
  • Liaise with suppliers, sub-contractors and internal departments.
  • Dealing with employee accommodation, travel and expenses.
  • Administration of company fuel cards and fuel reports.
  • Cross support other team members with a view to meeting deadlines.

Essential skills and experience required:

  • Must have a minimum of 1 year experience working within an Accounts/Finance department.
  • Computer literate including MS Office packages.
  • Knowledge of accounts payable/general ledger procedures.
  • Knowledge of experience of month end processes.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Must have a strong ability to manage their own workload and prioritise tasks effectively.
  • Able to work with minimum supervision and work within deadlines.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn and be a pro-active member of the team.
  • Proactive, reliability and punctuality is key in this role with excellent attention to detail.

Qualification in Accountancy is desirable but not essential.

Job location:- Carnwath, South Lanarkshire.

Applications can be made via the BHC Job Enquiry Form.



Trainee Construction Programmer

Job Opportunity: Trainee Construction Programmer/ Planner

Trainee Construction Programmer

BHC is one of the UK’s leading Structural Steel Fabrication and Construction companies supplying and erecting fabricated steel nationwide within the UK and Ireland.

We currently have a vacancy for a Trainee Construction Programmer/ Planner to centralise all of the company’s project & labour plans.

Duties of the Programmer will include:

  • Develop Construction/Tender programs.
  • Conduct site visits and look through the works and drawings when required.
  • Review contractor schedules and schedule risk analysis.
  • Produce progress/program reports in conjunction with Project & Construction Managers.
  • Updating project and site teams with all new project planning information.
  • Produce weekly look-ahead programs and manage critical paths.
  • Advise project teams of any changes or threats and potential steps to counteract these.

Minimum requirements of the role:

  • Candidate must be qualified to degree level in Construction Management.
  • Candidate will preferably have 1+ years site experience together with experience of planning within the construction industry.
  • Working knowledge of the construction process and principles.
  • Great communication skills.

Good IT skills with all Microsoft packages including Microsoft Projects or similar version and the ability to pick up new software quickly.

Job location – Carnwath with site visits when required.

Applications can be made via the BHC Job Enquiry Form.

Trainee Estimator

Job Opportunity: Trainee Estimator – Vacancy Fulfilled

Trainee Estimator

BHC is one of the UK’s leading Structural Steel Fabrication and Construction companies within the UK and Ireland.

Due to continuous expansion, the opportunity has arisen for a Trainee Estimator within our Estimating department (steel/construction).

There will be a mix of in house and external training provided to develop your skills which will include various software packages.

Estimators form an integral part of the commercial team and their role if often wide and varied as each project often holds a different challenge.

Duties of the Trainee Estimator will include: –

  • Review drawings, specifications and determine any unusual requirements that may apply to the project or sub contract items that may form part of the required scope.
  • Co-ordination of various sub-contract packages if applicable.
  • Discussions with client pre-tender period where required.
  • Prepare a schedule of quantities or ‘Take Off’ for the steelwork, allocating material and labour costs specific to a particular project.
  • The ability to interpret the information received and communicate with the client or colleagues is paramount.
  • On contract award, relay relevant information such as contract information including specifications, cost build-ups, programme, potential risks and contractual issues to our internal team responsible for constructing the project.

Experience and qualifications:

  • Preferably the successful applicant will be educated to degree/HNC/HND level in a construction based subject.
  • Ideally will have experience using AutoCAD software and experience using BIM.
  • Individuals are required to be self-motivated, determined and have strong mathematical capabilities.
  • Good communications skills.
  • Good IT skills with all Microsoft packages and the ability to pick up new software quickly.

Job location – Carnwath.

Application can be made via the BHC Job Enquiry Form. 

Main Contract Civils Estimator

Job Opportunity: Main Contract / Civils Estimator

Main Contract Civils Estimator

BHC are an established contractor who have various divisions within their Company Group.

Our long established Main Contract works division successfully uses the varied in-house resources of the group to offer clients a single point of contact for their project requirements whether it be traditional contracting, design and build or full turn key developments.

Due to continuous expansion, we are seeking an Estimator with a Civils/Building background to join our Main Contract estimating team.

Your Key Activities will include but not limited to:-

  • Responsible for the preparation and subsequent negotiation of Tender submissions for Civil/Building projects.
  • Examine incoming tenders and review contract potential.
  • Measuring & ‘Quantity Take-Off’ from drawings.
  • Producing Bills of Quantities.
  • Sourcing pre-project information and analysing sub-contractor quotations, agreements & enquiries.
  • Build up tender price from first principles based on the scope of works, plans, specification, programme.
  • Cost planning.
  • Produce tender report in preparation for tender adjudication.
  • Attend pre & post contract interviews, client meetings etc.
  • Collect and distribute feedback.
  • Investigate cost effective and/or alternative solutions.
  • Input data entry onto estimating software.
  • Comply with BHC Ltd procedures.
  • Maintain awareness of latest techniques.
  • Carry out other relevant duties as required from time to time.

Required Experience

You’re qualifications and experiences should be:

  • Ideally with 5 years or more of proven estimating experience with large Civils or Main Contract Companies, an HNC or degree in Quantity Surveying or Civil Engineering. Not critical for an experienced estimator. 
  • Experienced with various forms of contract, such as JCT and NEC, relevant to Civils/Building works as well as various methods of measurement including SMM7 & NRM2.
  • Experience in Design & Build as well as other standard construction types of construction work.
  • A team player who is a confident communicator with all members of staff.
  • You must have excellent interpersonal skills; maintain good working relationships with colleagues, clients and suppliers and have a personable character.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to adhere to strict deadlines on a daily & weekly basis.
  • Microsoft Office proficient.
  • Ideally with experience in the use of Microsoft Project or other project programming software.
  • Estimating software experience preferably Causeway.
  • Site experience is advantageous.

Job location – Carnwath with some site visits.

Applications to be made using the BHC Job Enquiry Form.