November 06, 2019 3 min read



Customer: Balfour Beatty Rail, one of the leading rail infrastructure suppliers in the UK.


The lifting and moving of bespoke cabins of various sizes;
with differing centres of gravity, within a height restricted space.


H Frame lift beam designed by Arbil Engineering, with adjustable lift points to ensure correct centre of gravity is found before lifting cabins. Full fabrication, testing and installation of the beam also conducted by Arbil Engineering.


Fully-functioning unique lift beam, which allows restricted height working. One solution sourced for multiple lift types, saving the customer both time and money.

Balfour Beatty Rail is a long standing Arbil customer, so when the need for a bespoke H Frame Lift Beam arose, within short time-scale, there was no doubt for Balfour Beatty that Arbil would be able to work to this tight deadline, yet still complete the job to its renowned high standards.

Arbil is well practiced in distinctive product design and production, also going one-step further in its offering with its capacities for high speed turnaround. As is standard practice within organisations of the size of Balfour Beatty Rail, a number of suppliers have to be on the books, but for this job the customer had no doubt Arbil would come out on top in terms of both price and service.

Hiring of a beam would not be possible, due to it being such an unusual requirement, so Arbil’s team of fully qualified engineers designed and fabricated the beam from concept to completion.

With exceptional in-house capabilities and the use of CAD/Solid Works software, Arbil was able to submit preliminary designs, sign off these designs and start on the fabrication within just 4 days of accepting the job. Brian Timmington, Arbil’s Engineering General Manager commented,

“We have been dealing with Balfour Beatty Rail for many years, so they are familiar with our capabilities, expertise and vast knowledge when it comes to producing bespoke fabrications to tight deadlines’ Timmington continues,

‘With this build being so precise, it was crucial that throughout the design stage my team and I kept in constant contact with the staff at Balfour Beatty to ensure the designs were signed off and requirements were made clear and fully understood, in order to keep within the tight deadlines that were given’’

This H frame lift beam was fabricated with cross arms positioned above the main beam. This allowed for chain alteration and adjustable lift points to compensate for the varying centres of gravity when lifting the varying weights and sizes of the cabin.

Nick Mann, Business Unit Manager Specialist Plant, Balfour Beatty Rail Plant - commented,

‘’I would like to thank Brian and his team for delivering in the short timescale that was given. The support was excellent throughout. The consistent communication from the Arbil team to my colleagues and me was second to none, which is so important when working towards the tight deadlines given. Decisions needed to be made, designs needed to be signed off and all was done with ease and efficiency’’

Arbil came in well within the budget that was put forward by Balfour Beatty and the job was quoted for with no additional charge for the speed of turnaround.

Brian Timmington concludes,

‘‘It was a pleasure to work with Balfour Beatty Rail. It is always rewarding to see our bespoke fabrications completed and meet the requirements of what was a tricky job”

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