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Most Considerate Site 2014

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2014 MCS runners upOne St Peter's Square
Presented to: The Project Team
Contractor: Carillion Construction Ltd
Client: Elisabeth House General Partner Ltd

One St Peter's Square (OSPS), by Carillion Construction Ltd, has received the prestigious title of Most Considerate Site at the Considerate Constructors Scheme's 2014 National Site Awards.

From over 8500 eligible sites, OSPS was deemed to have been the most considerate site in 2013, and the award was presented to the project team by Nick Baveystock, Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers, at the final ceremony held at Plaisterers' Hall in London.

It is a first class example of a 'considerate' site, one that has taken into account the neighbourhood in which it stands and the people that live there.

But beyond that it is a sustainable project which has left a legacy and a positive imprint on the wider community, impacted on the workforce and demonstrated thoughtful and innovative construction techniques.

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Carillion on stage receiving the 2014 Most Considerate Site Award, presented by Nick Baveystock, Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers

To secure the accolade of Most Considerate Site, Carillion:

  • Worked closely with the community to minimise disruption;
  • Kept all parties informed of progress and developments;
  • Placed a premium on the health and welfare of employees;
  • Used innovative and considerate construction techniques;
  • Created local employment and trained young people;
  • Furthered the education/careers of construction and architectural students;
  • Reached out to local community groups;
  • Actively supported and participated in community projects;
  • Left a legacy that will remain for years to come.

Project director John Currie of Carillion said the key to the success lay in bringing the construction business, the client, subcontractors and the local community together in what was a 'genuine team effort.'

John Currie said: "A lot of what we are doing is trying to create a legacy. What was important to us when building in the middle of where people live and work was about what we can do to leave something positive and lasting behind; that is the ethos of the business."

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Carillion celebrating their award

During the construction period, Carillion hosted 23 Business Action on Homeless (BAOH) clients, with 11 gaining full-time employment and had five Carillion job coaches mentoring BAOH clients.

The company also worked with Salford University and Manchester School of Architecture doing presentations and providing 16 different student tours which ultimately saw six undergraduates taken on. Some 50 apprentices were also mentored on the site and OSPS constantly up-skilled contractors.

With the site on the border of Chinatown, team members reached out to the Chinese community – many of whom did not speak English – and discussed the site and its impact upon them.

During the discussions, it emerged that two elderly ladies who were members of the Wai Yin Chinese Women's Society had fallen on poor paving leading to their day centre and broken their hips. Carillion staff not only repaired the paving but also created a garden for the community.

"It means members of the Chinese community can enjoy the garden for many years to come."

Monthly newsletters, some translated into Chinese, and polite notices were placed on the hoardings and letters distributed to all surrounding neighbours keeping them informed of the works.

Carillion also became involved in Manchester Mind's Bite Bags Scheme and rejuvenated a vegetable plot 'ground force' style – with contractors donating topsoil and scaffolders offering planks - to create raised beds for the project, where local people with mental health issues produce and sell fruit and vegetables.

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Manchester Mind's Bite Bags Scheme

"Some of our younger guys took on the project as a learning experience and they were rewarded for their efforts from what they personally got out of it.

For us, it is about bringing the team together to make a difference and it has worked because of the enthusiasm of the people on the project and it is fantastic as a business to be doing something different, it is ingrained in the business ethos of the company.

The rewards come from the reaction of the end user, their faces and their appreciation."

The OSPS building is part of the regeneration of central Manchester with the project committed to working closely with the local community in order to minimise disruption and inconvenience. Carillion was also conscious of the large volume of pedestrians that used the area with strategies in place to fully protect passers-by.

Health and safety and staff welfare were paramount throughout the project with nurse visits to the site to check on cholesterol levels of workers, health challenges and smoking cessation sessions also held. The site also hosted a visit from an NHS Senior Nurse Leadership group.

The dedication to employee welfare was noted by the Considerate Constructors Scheme's Monitor, in particular towards the ill-health of the project manager's assistant, Dorothy Butters, where a special programme based on some home-working was put in place for her convalescence to maintain her involvement and to stimulate recovery. An automatic car and modified office equipment later enabled her to return to work full-time.

Extensive staff training underpinned safety observance and a six-point leadership plan emphasised the advantages of direct conversation over posted notices.

"With One St Peter's Square it is just amazing how everybody became involved, it was an inspirational project, it inspired people and as a result so much was achieved, and it is sustainable. But it is all about doing the things that, morally, you should be doing anyway.

"To win this award has been unbelievable, and brilliant for us and our client, Argent, who have been very supportive."

He believes other developers can learn from a similar approach: it brings the construction team closer together and makes them more effective; creates a better relationship with the community; and leaves a legacy.

Richard Barker, Carillion's IMS Manager and Scheme Associate Member contact, added: "Carillion are delighted to have received the Most Considerate Site Award in 2014 for our One St Peter's Square project in the city centre of Manchester. The project team worked with the utmost consideration at all times and it is great to see their hard work and dedication to considerate construction recognised. The Scheme been instrumental in greatly improving the image of our industry, and as an Associate Member, we at Carillion understand how important that is, and the difference we are making to those around us. The Scheme's awards provide fantastic recognition to those sites that have gone above and beyond statutory requirements and I would like to congratulate the project team at One St Peter's Square."

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One St Peter's Square

Considerate Constructors Scheme Monitor Paul Moore, who regularly visited the site, concluded: "This truly is an exceptional site and is one of the best I have visited as a Monitor.

"This is due, in the main, to the site team who have a great deal of enthusiasm in their drive to make the construction industry a better and safer place for the workforce and neighbours.

"There was total commitment to the Considerate Constructors Scheme and this was demonstrated by the positive attitude of all on site with regard to safety, neighbours and the community. The site always improved from visit to visit."

For more information on the 2014 National Site Awards, click here.

If you would like to register a site with the Scheme, click here.