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Gold Award winners L - Z

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In this section you will find details of the 2012 Gold Award winning sites, listed alphabetically from L - Z by contractor name.

Project Name: Royal Victoria Building
Presented to: The Project Team
Contractor: Laing O'Rourke Scotland Ltd
Client: NHS Lothian

This project, located on the same campus as the existing building, required demolition and infrastructure works for a new ‘Care for the Elderly’ hospital building in Edinburgh.

The achievements of this site are summarised in a long letter of commendation from the client received by the Scheme. Among the many highlights, it states: "During severe weather the team provided labour and equipment to clear the roads and footpaths at the Western General Hospital, making it the safest hospital site in Lothian. They supported the ‘Caring Christmas Trees’ project by manning a distribution point at one of the local churches, and organised a Christmas raffle which will provide the ‘League of Friends’ with funds that would normally take them about four years to raise. They have also shown a consistent ‘can do’ attitude when it has come to site logistics on what is a very busy site, and this has been commented on by my colleagues in estates and facilities".

Many further achievements were noted by the Scheme Monitor, and the levels of environmental care and safety observation were exceptionally high. Taken together, the elements all add up to an exemplary considerate performance of which the team should be very proud.

Project Name: Francis Crick Institute
Presented to: The Site Delivery Team
Contractor: Laing O'Rourke Services Ltd
Client: Francis Crick Institute

This project delivered a new medical research facility adjacent to the British Library and St Pancras Station in London.

A first-class visitor centre complete with a scale model of the development formed a central part of this site’s communications, supplemented by the display of much additional information on the site hoardings. A site specific website was also in place and regular newsletters informed all nearby neighbours of progress and other news.

Before commencement of works the site had been made available to the community for allotments, and these were relocated when work began. Local labour was sourced under the ICAM Initiative and the company took part in a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event to encourage the sourcing of local suppliers.

Further community activity included several tranches of local funding, repairs for site neighbours, and Ivor Goodsite attending a community event. These and other initiatives prompted the Scheme Monitor to say: "The visitor centre and the provision of a community chest by the client are outstanding examples of considerate construction. The site welfare facilities and overall presentation of the project are to the highest standards. This is an exemplary site".

Project Name: Devonport Extra Care
Presented to: Steve Tinney & The Devonport Extra Care Team
Contractor: Leadbitter
Client: DCH

This project required the construction of 42 units of one and two bedroom extra care accommodation, together with communal areas, a hairdressing facility, laundry, treatment room and staff quarters.

The works are in an area which has suffered social deprivation for a long time and the site team provided extensive support for local charities. This included practical help by providing supervised work opportunities to a local homeless mission to help clients return to mainstream society, together with NEBOSH training for service men returning to civilian life.

In addition to meeting all considerate requirements to an excellent standard, the site manager offered the fire brigade the opportunity to practice a high level rescue from the site crane, and turned it into a social event by inviting neighbours and local schools to view from a safe distance. The fire brigade were so pleased that they have booked a return event.

With open days and other events encouraging further community involvement, this well-presented site was an excellent ambassador for the Scheme and is to be commended on its achievement.

Project Name: Mariners Quay, Newport
Presented to: Simon Thomas, Martin Philips, Nicole Barnes, Adam Portman, Claudio Reis and Pamela Dunn
Contractor: Leadbitter
Client: Seren

This Welsh development was built to level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH). It is the largest CfSH development of its kind in Wales, and one of only a few in the UK to achieve this rating.

Community involvement was extensive at this busy site, and included the commissioning of a 'Green Guide' DVD production by clients of a local homeless shelter. The completed DVD will be provided to each new resident, including tips on greener living and how to achieve £5 per week energy bills. On the site itself, a community room was set up and fitted out with construction toys to provide an interactive area for supervised children, and members of the local community could also attend on designated days to discuss any aspect of the project with members of staff.

Kate Rees, Project Manager for the client, Fairlake, said: "Over the course of this project, Leadbitter have hosted a variety of local community events and engaged effectively with both the schools and the local community. They have introduced a number of initiatives to help reduce accidents on-site and have ensured that the project’s carbon reduction agenda has flowed throughout the construction phase".

These efforts were supported by a number of apprentice and local employment schemes, and the combined result was one of major credit to the construction industry.

Project Name: Athletes Village, Stratford City
Presented to: Damian Leydon
Contractor: Lend Lease Ltd
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority

A major element of London’s prestige Olympic Park, this final phase of a long-term project required the construction of a ten-storey residential accommodation blocks for visiting Olympic athletes.

High levels of considerate performance were demanded on all park sites by the Olympic Delivery Authority, but this site greatly exceeded the demands with an exemplary performance in all areas. Amongst several important awards won, the site was named an Example of Excellence by Business in the Community for its responsible supply chain. The site’s innovative ‘No Waste’ training programme has proved so successful that it was adopted throughout the Olympic Park and now extends into the industry nationwide. Other conservation initiatives included the development of new LED temporary lighting technology and new hydrogen fuel cell development for small tools and task lighting - both of which will prove cost and CO2 savings when fully implemented.

Supported by many examples of community support, several large scale open day events and a large number of site tours by schools, colleges and universities, this site consistently went the extra mile in considerate delivery and set new standards for the future.

Project Name: The Scottish Hydro Arena
Presented to: The Project Team
Contractor: Lend Lease Ltd
Client: SECC Ltd

This city centre project involves the construction of a 13000 person cultural and sporting arena complex, adjacent to existing concert and conference facilities, and close to a river and busy dual carriageway.

Among the initiatives introduced to reduce the impact of site works on the local area, a MEWP charging station had been established on site which operated only over-night and was positioned not to affect events in the adjacent conference venue. To support the local economy and provide an opportunity for those with learning difficulties, the site appointed a local social enterprise to run the site canteen with all facilities provided at zero-cost. The overall commitment to practical and financial help for the community was described by the Scheme Monitor as "outstanding".

A number of initiatives were also introduced for the safety and encouragement of non-English-speaking operatives, including colour coded hi vis vests for identification by translators and the provision of a dedicated IT suite to facilitate English language instruction. These were supported by a range of excellent healthcare provisions and initiatives.

Overall, this well-presented site performed highly and was a worthy advertisement for the aims of the Scheme.

Project Name: SSL Bybrook Ashford
Presented to: Mark Whorlow
Contractor: Longcross Construction
Client: SSL Sainsbury's

This project, on the outskirts of Ashford, Kent, comprised the demolition of retail units and the building of an extension and ancillary works for an existing Sainsbury's supermarket.

Backed by the creation of good relations with neighbouring stores and a hotel, this site team maintained a highly professional and considerate profile. A system was set up at the outset to promote car sharing, and many exceptional energy-saving and recycling measures were established by the site team. The Kent Wildlife Trust worked with the team to manage the location of bird and bat boxes. All the site areas were maintained in first-class order.

More than 11 different initiatives were actioned for community support including a painting competition at a local primary school. The four winning paintings will be permanently displayed in the store, providing a lasting and unique legacy of the company's initiative.

The Monitor’s Site Report summarised the site’s success by saying: "The site team were committed to showing consideration to all those affected by this very exacting project. This was exemplified by the range of initiatives that ‘went the extra mile’ and which portrayed the company and the industry in an extremely positive manner".

Project Name: Tesco Welshpool
Presented to: Andrew Kitchen
Contractor: Longcross Construction
Client: Tesco Stores Ltd

This project was for the construction of a new 24-hour Tesco superstore on the site of a former livestock market.

Positive relations were established with the wider community, with site visits for both Shrewsbury College and a local primary school. Although an adjacent section 278 works was not part of the contract, advance notice to neighbours was given together with site access to the contractor to ease local road congestion. Other goodwill gestures included donating computers to a local outreach group, continuing support for the Severn Valley Art Group and a donation of £1000 to a canal boat project for those with special needs.

The site boasted eco cabins and a rainwater harvesting system to provide grey water for toilets. Active programmes saw most site-produced waste, demolition material and spoil reused or recycled, and were supplemented by environmental initiatives from the company’s R&D division. These included recycled denim insulation, intelligent air refrigeration and the piloting of a carbon footprint calculator.

This site performed exceptionally well and is to be commended for both its environmental work and in accommodating the requirements of another contractor.

Project Name: Arleston Lane
Presented to: Simon Wilson
Contractor: Lovell Partnerships Ltd
Client: Wrekin Housing Trust

This project saw the construction of 20 social housing units in a mixed use (residential and retail) area in place of a three-storey block of flats which was demolished.

Good neighbourliness was at the heart of this site’s success and included donations of timber hoarding for a new garden shed, pathways and fuel for a wood burning stove. Snow was cleared off nearby Telford United’s pitch (the club provided off-site parking) and security protection was provided for a vandalised window. The Christmas tree and lights produced a show that became ‘the talk of Telford’. One forklift driver - an Elvis impersonator - made a CD and donated the proceeds to charity.

Recycling of all demolition material was conducted on site, or at other company sites, and there were established procedures for rainwater harvesting, tree protection and noise monitoring. A voluntary car/van sharing initiative involving both site management and operatives halved the number of vehicles being used during it’s month’s duration.

Overall this proved to be a quite exceptional site, where community engagement worked hand-in-hand with the construction process and generated excellent feedback from neighbours on the improvements to the area.

Project Name: Werneth Health Centre
Presented to: Steve Wimpenny
Contractor: Mansell Construction Services Ltd
Client: Community 1st Oldham Ltd

This project saw the construction of a new health centre on a brownfield site close to the centre of Oldham.

The site maintained an active communications programme, with its mix of commercial and domestic neighbours, regularly informing them of site activities and taking the lead in setting up a residents committee (whose Chair was provided with a mobile phone to facilitate contact). Door-to-door visits, including nearby shops and cafes, were also undertaken while the site’s mechanical sweeper extended its coverage to the neighbouring estate roads. Local concerns, over unsocial activity close to the site, were supported with direct lobbying of the council and debris hot-spots actively managed.

A dedicated environmental team met every two weeks and awarded a monthly certificate to the subcontractor demonstrating the most sustainable and environmentally friendly use of materials. Off-cuts were made freely available to anyone from a storage area with any surplus materials donated to the local college’s building trades department for use by students.

This site proved to be a true exemplar of positive community relations and management, and a credit to the Scheme.

Project Name: Kingsthorpe Bus Corridor
Presented to: MGWSP Site Team
Contractor: MGWSP/Northamptonshire County Council
Client: Northamptonshire County Council

This contract comprised major highway improvements over a substantial linear distance, including several busy junctions and crossing points to a retail and residential suburb.

The visiting Scheme Monitor praised: "The exceptional way the team have managed the diverse demands of all the various affected parties with a minimum of disruption, supportive assistance and a professional one to one manner".

This was supported by the constant supply of project information through newsletters, local press and local radio, and through regular meetings with a community working group and local retailers. Additional passenger information was displayed on behalf of a local bus company and the extensive diversions were well-signed, ramped, protected and monitored 24/7 by a dedicated team of operatives.

The site also found time for involvement with five schools and colleges, and goodwill gestures included tidying and painting for The Royal British Legion in preparation for Remembrance Day celebrations.

With involvement of the supply chain in its considerate endeavours, this site took a holistic approach to its Scheme participation, resulting in a site that was a beacon of good practice for the industry.

Project Name: Grimsby Institute For Further and Higher Education
Presented to: Jaime Harper
Contractor: Miller Construction (UK) Ltd
Client: Humber Construction Limited

This project in Grimsby, adjacent to the existing college and a residential area, required the design and build of a new multi-storey university building to BREEAM excellence standards.

Integration with the existing college during the build was at a high level at this site. Detailed plans were made to avoid noisy working or other disruption during exam times, and close cooperation with senior staff lead to an excellent neighbour relations programme with upgraded newsletter and information displays. A full-time employment opportunity was offered to a college student following competitive entries, and a number of site tours were arranged for both staff and students.

On the site itself, extensive research into the processing of waste off site produced major improvements to systems and general waste management, while safety was enhanced with the use of key fobs showing operator authorisations and condition checks. Preference was given to the employment of subcontractors with CCS experience.

Numerous examples of innovation and good practice were observed, leading the Monitor, Kelvin Wigham, to comment: "The extent to which the contractor and client have embraced the principles of considerate behaviour cannot be over-emphasised. Particular praise is due for the efforts to accommodate the needs of all neighbours and the implementation of very good environmental practices".

Project Name: Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Presented to: Cameron Stewart
Contractor: Miller Construction (UK) Ltd
Client: The University of Edinburgh

On a greenfield site, this project required the construction of a new stem cell research facility adjacent to an existing working hospital.

This tidy and well-presented site demonstrated a clear commitment to exceeding the Scheme’s minimum requirements. Active carbon management identified that car transport to the site was contributing 100 tonnes of the 110 tonnes total for site, and a subsequent car sharing programme reduced this level considerably. Photovoltaic panels supplied site power and a 90% waste recycling score was achieved. Excellent staff facilities included a prayer room and gymnasium, the latter of which offered a special circuit training programme to support the health of operatives working in congested areas. Free fruit was provided in the canteen - a good practice trend on the increase.

The site also donated fencing panels for a charity event and provided 50 car park spaces for hospital staff during a period when their own car park had reduced capacity.

With links established with local schools and universities, and the neat decoration of hoarding panels by local schoolchildren, this highly professional site achieved very high standards throughout and was of great credit to the industry.

Project Name: Olympic Park
Presented to: John Winter and Dave Peacop
Contractor: Olympic Park Operations
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority

This project involves control of all security, personnel, roads, deliveries, transport and other logistics over the entire 2012 Olympic Park site of seven venues, driving the procedures and coordination of their activities with the five local authorities.

This massive site’s community relations have been correspondingly large-scale with over 15000 individual letters distributed regarding the works (supported by a 24/7dedicated helpline). Over 120 children were invited to the Time to Shine events at Stoke Mandeville, the home of the Paralympic Games, with five other schools participating in landscape planting. Charity fundraising has amassed over £35000.

The environmental management system in operation is certified to ISO14001. As well, the site became the first in the world to achieve joint FSC and PEFC sustainable certifications, with well-above industry standards also set for air quality and award-winning noise monitoring. On-site suppliers and waste collection has resulted in massive reductions in vehicle movement and CO2 emissions and, with tonnes of materials delivered by rail and water, 100000 lorry journeys have been taken off local roads.

This has proved to be an exemplary project in every way with the CLM team consistently striving for best practice and to raise industry standards.

Project Name: Pinderfields Hospital JV
Presented to: Martin Buckley
Contractor: PPHJV - Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospital Joint Venture
Client: The Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

This final phase of a long-term project in Wakefield required the construction of a new hospital within and adjacent to the existing Pinderfields Hospital.

Close proximity to a working hospital naturally presents additional difficulties for any building site, particularly when extensive demolition is part of the programme. However, these difficulties continued to be managed to the highest levels of consideration by this site team. Exemplary standards of internal cleanliness and overall presentation have been maintained despite the constantly changing site boundaries.

In addition to standard jet spraying for dust control, atomisers have been introduced to great effect, while the solid timber hoarding has been complemented by screened walkways to reduce interaction with the public.

The site also holds an enviable record of charitable donation which now exceeds £24000. Detailed induction procedures for more than 200 staff were complemented by Zero Harm Behavioural Training, resulting in an exceptional 365 days with no reported accidents.

Supported by equally high environmental scores, the site’s overall effort was outstanding. Commenting on the project, Scheme Monitor, Peter Waring, concluded: "Most importantly, everyone you speak to on site gives the impression of real pride in being involved in the project".

Project Name: Greyfriars Equitable Access Centre
Presented to: Richard King and Tim Harrington
Contractor: R G Carter Limited
Client: Great Yarmouth & Waveney PCT

Tightly bordered by residential neighbours, town hall offices and a main road, and adjoining temporary GP accommodation, this project required the conversion of a former pub into an Access Centre for the NHS.

Despite this being a relatively low value project and the works being carried out on a very confined site area, a good standard of welfare facilities was in place and both the interior and exterior were kept in immaculate condition. These were complemented by excellent energy conservation measures including solar panels and the use of a wormery to help dispose of canteen and shredded paper waste, into compost for site planters. Operative facilities included showers, lockers and constant free fresh fruit purchased from a local store.

First-class notices and signage were observed on the site perimeter, giving details of the project, and an invitation to post any comments on the contractor’s working practices via a box supplied.

Exceptional reuse of site materials and top quality overall presentation added to the high scores received, resulting in a site that was a superb advertisement for the construction industry.

Project Name: Osmaston Park
Presented to: Mike Emery
Contractor: S Dudley and Sons Ltd
Client: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

Part of a large retail park on the south-west side of Derby, this existing site required a new two-storey section and side extension to accommodate revised check-outs.

Despite being on a fast-track programme with day and night working, this site set exemplar standards for retail industry construction. The welfare facilities were quite exceptional, including those provided for the client and customers, and the cleanliness throughout was of a very high standard. Extra landscaping was provided to mask the site parking area.

As a result of school visits, the feedback from teachers reported that the children’s imaginations had been truly fired up by what they had seen. Assistance was given in creating a driveway for the disabled, and the site team has involved builder’s merchants, plant companies and other suppliers in donating materials to community charities. Further surplus materials were provided for households and the site set up a garden rest area for use by Sainsbury’s staff and site operatives.

Top scores for overall appearance and recycling added to the profile of this highly professional team, producing a site that was a first-class advertisement for the industry and for the aims of the Scheme.

Project Name: Sainsbury's Kimberley
Presented to: Julian Kyte
Contractor: S Dudley and Sons Ltd
Client: Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

This project required a major extension to an existing store, including an internal refit, a new entrance and coffee shop plus the resurfacing and relining of an existing car park.

A real commitment to the safety and convenience of client customers was observed at this supermarket site. A traffic management plan, revised for each phase of the work, included excellent signage for customer parking and pedestrian routes, and a twice-daily ‘Customer Journey Check’ was undertaken to ensure roads and footpaths remained unobstructed and clearly signed. Site deliveries were scheduled to accommodate store deliveries and all site visitors were issued with a parking rule book. Noise levels were carefully minimised, while meters were provided to Sainsbury’s staff to ensure agreed noise limits were observed within the store.

The site demonstrated overall excellent engagement with the local community and groups; including the refurbishment of local high school changing rooms, following design ideas from the students.

Complete with attractive hoardings and first-class presentation throughout, this site gave an excellent impression of the modern construction industry.

Project Name: Bransholme Health Centre, Northpoint, Hull
Presented to: The Team - Sean Henderson, Jim Prest, Steve Wilson and Cavan Gray-Nicholson
Contractor: Sewell Construction Ltd
Client: Citycare

To the north of Hull town centre, this project required the building of a new health centre on the former car parking area of a shopping and community centre.

On a site described by the Scheme Monitor as "at an almost clinical level of cleanliness throughout", there was close attention paid to all areas of considerate construction. The team adopted a very friendly and helpful approach to the public and community, with regular informal conversations held with passers-by and assistance given to disabled drivers in directing them to the appropriate bay. Further interaction was encouraged via hoarding vision panels, and practical community support included the provision of additional car parking for the adjacent Methodist church and community centre, together with redecorating work. Energy bills were also covered for the church and a better rate negotiated for its future energy bills.

Equal support was given to operative welfare and training, with spotless welfare facilities and a training academy on-site which held regular training seminars. One exceptional work experience candidate was allowed to run the site - with supervision - for one day.

Throughout the site there was professionalism and attention to detail, and the whole combined to give a truly excellent impression of the construction industry.

Project Name: De Vere Gardens Development
Presented to: The Site Team
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Client: De Vere Estates Ltd

In a residential area of Kensington, London, this project involved the redevelopment of a hotel to form residential units and a health and fitness facility, while retaining the original facade.

To date, more than 40 meetings have been held with nearby residents to keep them informed of site activities and the programme, while the project manager has attended many meetings with the various resident associations, and keeps regular contact with the adjacent hotel. This has ensured a real and valuable interaction with all those potentially affected by the works, and the enablement of immediate action to address any problems. A site specific website provides further regular updates.

In the wider community, a poster competition was organised with a local school, a donation was made to the nearby church and the site team visited a number of war veterans. Timber was also donated to a community project, and mentoring was provided for a disadvantaged young person.

These and other initiatives, combined with an immaculate presentation prompted the client Richard May to comment: "This has been an exemplary construction site. The importance placed on developing good relationships with neighbours and local residents was second to none".

Project Name: Milton Court
Presented to: The Site Team
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Client: Heron Land Developments Ltd

In the City of London, and surrounded by both residential and commercial neighbours, this project required the new build of a 36-storey mixed residential and commercial development.

The innovative staging of a "Hard Hat Concert" on the site, with full orchestra and enthusiastic observation by neighbours and the passing public, exemplified the fresh considerate thinking observed throughout this busy site. Neither was it shy of being measured for noise levels, with a real-time active display of current levels on permanent display to the public.

Many examples of further community involvement were undertaken, including the raising of funds for deaf children through a charity fun run with site staff dressed as superheroes, and strong interaction with schools. A place was also provided for one deaf work placement student, with full support given. A large proportion of waste was converted for use as a biofuel, 40 tonnes of steel was reused constructing the tower crane base and harvested rainwater was used to suppress dust and for cleaning purposes.

The site also offered excellent welfare facilities together with valuable operative training initiatives, and the very high standard of exterior presentation made it an excellent advertisement for the construction industry.

Project Name: Quadrant 3
Presented to: Tim Hare, Gareth Healy, Nick Wright, Rachael Gregory and Amie Shuttleworth
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Client: The Crown Estate & Stanhope plc

In the heart of London’s West End, this project was the second year of shell and core refurbishment to the historic Grade I listed Regent Palace Hotel.

In the wider community, the site supported ‘Down Syndrome 21’ with raffles and sponsored go-karting raising some £24000. Workshops and talks were given to school pupils aimed at introducing them to the environmental aspects of construction, spearheaded by a ‘Build Your Own Dream School’ competition. When the opening night of an adjacent theatre threatened traffic chaos, the site team took over the project management of all external logistics.

Environmental observation was at an equally high level with the separate removal of aerosol cartridges, permitting recovery of their propellant gases. Hot water for the site facilities was generated by solar panels and embodied carbon was reduced by 1000 tonnes through the use of stent aggregate. Other neighbour considerations included the use of plasma deck cutting to reduce noise, and the site team also raised over £12000 for charity while donating two wind turbines to a local school.

Adding his view to the above, the client commented: "This has been an exemplar project engaging the whole delivery team and the local neighbourhood in one of the most challenging locations in central London".

Project Name: Walker Technology College
Presented to: Mark Gibson
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Client: Aura Newcastle Ltd

This project involved the construction of a new 12000m2 college for 1200 pupils located on an old landfill area in a residential eastern suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Despite the heavily contaminated site basis, and the required safe-capping work, this site went on to achieve exceptional environmental scores. Rainwater harvesting was complemented by various energy-saving measures, and the team agreed the use of waste insulation materials within cavity walls with the project engineer. Contaminated excavation waste was safely re-used under the adjacent new sports pitches, and the site achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

To ensure neighbour privacy, the site’s perimeter CCTV was programmed to avoid neighbouring properties and the neighbours themselves were invited to view system. Several neighbours’ aerials were adjusted after building works affected TV reception and a disabled neighbour’s car was regularly cleaned.

Across the board, this site’s considerate performance was exemplary and prompted the client, David Hosken of Aura Newcastle, to comment: "Sir Robert McAlpine were always keen to work in conjunction with the local community and on school initiatives, and Walker Technology College has benefited from a range of curriculum enhancing activities. In addition, meticulous planning and due consideration was given to all aspects of the works to ensure that environmental, health and safety and risk management expectations are not only maintained but exceeded".

Project Name: VSD Avenue
Presented to: Marcus Foweather
Contractor: VSD
Client: East Midlands Development Agency

This was a large scale scheme to reclaim a heavily polluted industrial site, a former coking works, and return its 98 hectares back to community and wildlife use.

The site made great efforts to reassure neighbours with dedicated staff fielding hotline calls and resolving them against a 24-hour response close-out. Operating schedules were often amended in line with the weather forecast (as this could affect potential nuisance levels) and regular forward planning meetings pre-empted problems developing. Charities were supported and a local football team sponsored.

A key issue was smell so an ‘odour diarist’ team was set up to monitor and report regularly. Air quality, noise and dust were also carefully monitored via units installed on lamp posts around the area. Sorting and waste picking work was undertaken according to treatment (bio-remediation, thermal desorption, recycling or as backfill). The site collected and decontaminated water which was used in site processes and for damping down.

This is a fine example of a well executed communications programme which kept neighbours onside during work on this locally notorious site.

Project Name: Kent History and Library Centre
Presented to: Nigel Hardy and David Cole
Contractor: Warings Contractors Ltd
Client: Bouygues UK

Located in the centre of Maidstone adjacent to a paper mill, this project required the development of 117 flats for social housing in two tower blocks and a new county library with an archive centre.

The site was located over an aquifer feeding the adjacent paper mill, so bore holes were dug for water quality monitoring while settlement tanks were employed to prevent any pollution. A roofed viewing platform with excellent site views and a stock of the latest newsletters was provided. A female member of the office staff undertook first aid training to provide cover for any female operatives requiring treatment.

Support for the community included the holding of a football match for Children in Need and a collection of old clothing for the local air ambulance charity. A practice tower crane evacuation with the fire brigade resulted in them revising their procedures.

With the introduction of a daily five minute safety break for everyone to check that they are working in a safe environment, this site constantly looked for ways to improve. The team had held a ‘think tank’ day at a local hotel at the beginning of the project to brainstorm ways in which they could achieve the highest possible standards and represented an excellent example of the Scheme objectives at their best.

Project Name: Harborne Pool & Fitness Centre
Presented to: David Squires
Contractor: Wates Construction Ltd
Client: Birmingham City Council

In a largely residential suburb of south Birmingham bounded by a church, shops and homes, this project involved the demolition of a 1920’s swimming pool and the construction of a new pool building including additional leisure facilities.

Community support and interaction was strongly featured at this site. Backed by regular information newsletters, the team made extensive contacts throughout the area and with immediate neighbours. A particularly friendly gatekeeper set the tone, and local participation included representation at the local carnival, the provision of a carpenter and labourer to do jobs at a sheltered housing scheme, the holding of a site barbecue with locally-sourced food and the donation of a solar-powered meter reading device to a local church. In addition, a local social enterprise was engaged to clean all the site accommodation and Braille signage was bought from the nearby Queen Alexandra College.

The site itself was extremely tidy and well-presented, and a parking arrangement with a local pub ensured clear approaches. With environmental measures such as bat boxes, tree preservation and energy monitoring also in place, this site showed real commitment to the aims of considerate construction.

Project Name: Harrogate International Centre New Events Halls
Presented to: Mark Powell
Contractor: Wates Construction Ltd
Client: Harrogate Borough Council

Located in a busy town centre spot bordered by conference hotels and a residential area, this project required the construction of two event halls with basement parking.

Throughout this well-presented site there was clear attention to the detail of considerate construction, in particular with regard to operative welfare. A prominent electronic noticeboard kept site staff updated on changing site risks and relevant information, and operatives were incentivised to continually improve considerate performance with free gym membership. Those who could demonstrate that they were travelling with three or more people in the car received a free parking space while literacy and numeracy training was provided for those with low skills. A bicycle was available to all for local town travel.

Community interaction included the provision of free craft training every Saturday on the site, the free relocation of a neighbour’s satellite dish after building caused poor signal, and the supply of free road salt to all neighbours during the harsh winter.

These, along with the many other initiatives observed, caused the Scheme Monitor to comment: "An excellent site where many good initiatives are on display plus a real enthusiasm and commitment to engage well with the local community".

Project Name: Stratford City Development
Presented to: Derek Bellringer
Contractor: Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd
Client: Stratford City Development Ltd

This project involved the ongoing construction of a new shopping, commercial and residential development in East London, adjacent to, and an integral part of, the 2012 Olympic Park.

A truly exceptional commitment to waste control was observed at this site, including the daily forecasting of waste management needs, resulting in a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. Top scores were achieved in all areas of environmental observation, with all standards at a consistently high level throughout, resulting in compliments from the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Although the interface with the general public was relatively small, a community grant system identified many local needy causes, including small, specific groups. This ensured the benefit reached right into the heart of the community and delivered much valued help across a wide spectrum of causes. Of equal local benefit was the transformation of the induction facility into a retail academy run by professional trainers, to pre-train local labour for the 8500 job opportunities created by the finished project.

With operative welfare facilities and the standard of overall presentation scoring equally highly, this exemplar site prompted the Scheme Monitor to comment: "The site team continues to exceed expectations and standards at every turn".

Project Name: Backwell School 6th Form & Lecture Hall
Presented to: David Morris
Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd
Client: North Somerset Council

In a semi-rural location, and within the grounds of an existing senior school, this project required the construction of a new sixth form centre, incorporating a dance studio and auditorium.

An initial workshop was held off-site, attended by students, teachers and site staff, along with North Somerset Council, to discuss the issues and agree a charter for the project. An eight-point community engagement plan was later produced which included regular meetings with school staff and students, and identified opportunities such as providing work experience, participating in school assemblies, taking students to visit other building projects and working with Year 8 photographic students to produce a timeline for the project. A joint charity target of £60000 was agreed for fundraising and sponsorship.

The wider community was addressed through regular newsletters, and plenty of viewing points in the clean perimeter hoarding allowed constant public inspection. Detailed attention was also paid to environmental matters and safety observation was also first class with an incentivised performance competition in place.

The bursar of the school made the comment: "I have never worked with such proactive contractors before'', and the Scheme Monitor noted that everything about the site showed commitment to considerate construction.

Project Name: Middlesbrough BSF - Acklam Grange School
Presented to: Simon Dovener
Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd
Client: Middlesbrough Council

Closely bounded by residential property and requiring the building of a temporary 800 metre road for site access, this two-phase project involved the design and build of a new school for some 1200 pupils, plus some demolition and rebuild.

Very high standards of presentation were in evidence throughout this site, including the cleanliness of all the staff facilities. The perimeter was particularly well kept, and approach roads were clean and mud-free, even during extended periods of heavy rain. The same was true of all pedestrian walkways. A 24-hour telephone line was provided for the school and neighbours to use in the event of problems out of hours, with all calls going through to both managers’ cell phones and a contractor’s help desk.

Interaction with the school itself was exemplary with regular addresses given to school assemblies. The site team also constructed an extensive attenuation pond to stimulate wildlife adjacent to the nearby beck, and time capsules were purchased for burying at the school re-opening. A full clean-up of Bluebell Beck was arranged alongside students, and coaching was provided to help students with future job interviews.

The Monitor’s Site Report concluded with the words: "Everything that is good about construction is demonstrated here", which summarises the superb achievement of this site.

Project Name: Stockwell Park High School
Presented to: BJ Smith
Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd
Client: London Borough of Lambeth

This project saw the completion of an extension to an operational school, including asbestos removal, demolition of an old building and landscaping.

The site worked exhaustively to ensure that the needs of the school and concerns of neighbours were addressed in a thoughtful and proactive manner. There was much local interaction, with talks to governors, site invitations to residents, site drawings being shared with interested neighbours and regular liaison with a residents’ committee. Support was also given to a local initiative to reduce knife and gun crime. Noisy works were agreed in advance with the premises manager and a truck engine curfew maintained until 8:00am.

A ten-point sustainability plan was the foundation of a proactive environmental policy including vigorous water and energy consumption and carbon footprint monitoring. The outcome saw water and energy saved and over 90% of waste recycled using a five category on-site segregation system as part of a zero waste to landfill target set for 2012, plus the use of low energy lighting and eco sand throughout. Some pond life was considerately transferred during the relocation of the school pond.

All in all a collaborative site where the aim was always to build on, and improve, existing performance.

Project Name: Mardyke Estate
Presented to: Osman Mustafa, Rob Finbow, Hatib Singhateh, Brendan Collins, Mike Bradsell and Reece Ward
Contractor: Willmott Dixon Housing
Client: Old Ford Housing Association

Located in a densely populated area of Dagenham, Essex, this project required the demolition and rebuilding of 121 affordable residential properties of concrete and timber frame construction.

This site was initially described in the local press as "one of the most disadvantaged estates existing in Greater London". Against this background, the highly professional site team created a friendly yet well-organised local atmosphere, eventually resulting in graffiti-free hoardings, reduced littering and an increased sense of pride among area residents. One initiative particularly appreciated was the widespread use of banksmen in the early mornings to help control traffic flow at school times and rush hour, and deliveries were similarly well managed to avoid disruption.

Interaction with schools, play groups and local children in general created much interest in construction as a career, and the regularly updated website ensured that the whole community could observe progress. The new estate and roads were all named following a series of local meetings with the residents with the final selection chosen by local school children.

With several energy and water saving initiatives in place, and a strong commitment to health and safety training, the estate is now a showpiece living area and the major part of this change was due to the efforts of those on site. The team evidenced all that is best in considerate construction and was of great credit to the industry.

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