Gold Award winners A - K
In this section you will find details of the 2013 Gold Award winning sites, listed alphabetically from A - K by contractor name.
Presented to: Richard Tindal and Mike Lockwood
Contractor: Aspire Defence Capital Works
Client: Project Allenby/Connaught
In a secure area in the centre of a garrison town, this project entailed the refurbishment and new build of an army barracks. Twelve individual projects are underway on site from the same contractor and this citation relates chiefly to the project office which serves the overall works.
Despite the natural restrictions of the location, this site team did much to observe considerate construction techniques. The success of this was evidenced in a series of neighbour surveys, all of which produced positive results. Environmental observation continued to be a priority with a butterfly monitoring scheme maintained across the garrison, and the planting of 72 trees. A reptile survey was carried out at a disused motocross track and an enhancement scheme actioned nearby where Larkhill office volunteers carried out a litter pick. Excellent relations were also maintained with the Wiltshire Wild Life Hospital to whom bricks and blocks were donated.
Extensive fundraising was also carried out, a Boot Camp day ensured the good repair of operative site footwear, while a sustainability report of all garrison works served as a legacy for the projects.
With a complete record left of all buried services for future contractors, and a smart, professional presentation in evidence throughout, this site was an excellent ambassador for considerate construction.
M4M5 Managed Motorway Scheme
Presented to: M4M5 Gateway Team
Contractor: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering
Client: Highways Agency
This M4 road project near Bristol comprises the conversion of the existing hard shoulder into a running lane during peak traffic flow periods, and extends between four junctions for one of the busiest motorway zones in Europe.
Pro-activity in considerate site practices was the hallmark of this extensive site area, with several innovations introduced over the period of works. A unique 'recovery unit' facility for vehicle breakdowns was established as part of the overall CCTV surveillance complex, and this provided a children's play area and baby facilities as well as normal support services. A special training centre at Kemble was established for drivers who regularly visit the works, including a replica access system to enhance their knowledge and overall safety. Portable support stations were also introduced at various locations along the length of the works and included CCS information other than that found at induction or in the main compound area.
In addition to standard communication routes, the site undertook regular neighbour surveys and introduced an initiative titled 'You Said – We did' to speed up the user experience of travelling through the works. Particularly clear notices and signage were in place all around the site for the general public, while an innovative ongoing behavioural study ensured adequate operative training was undertaken wherever needed.
With a comprehensive programme of sustainable energy activities in place, and a clear 'Can Do' attitude throughout, this site was a great credit to the construction industry.
Ormiston Horizon Academy and Watermill School
Presented to: Matt Johnson
Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction Northern Ltd
Client: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
On a Brownfield site in a residential area of Stoke-on-Trent, this project required the design and build of a new academy and school.
From the very start, this site was particularly proactive in engaging with those interested in and affected by the project. The school children were involved with distributing the early notifications, and regular monthly meetings were then held, supported by newsletters with feedback on enquiries. Labour, suppliers, subcontractors, and materials were all sourced locally. The site took part in its own company 'stand down', stopping work for two hours during which a presentation was given to all 140 operatives. The aim of the event was to communicate the importance of safety to everyone on site and to highlight the individual's responsibility and duty of care to their colleagues.
Among a number of special events and activities arranged for project neighbours were several 'open door' site tours. For the Queen's Jubilee, almost 100 visitors were taken around the site as part of a celebratory event, and a further evening site tour was attended by well over 200 local people. Mulch and chippings from the removal of trees and site clearance were used on footpaths to prevent slippery surfaces in frosty weather, proving extremely effective.
With staff welfare accommodation of an extremely high standard and with a friendly yet professional ambience throughout, this well-presented site was clearly committed to the very best in considerate site practices.
Marriotts Lonsdale School
Presented to: Robert Preston
Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction Scottish & Southern Ltd
Client: Hertfordshire County Council
This project in a residential area required the new build of a secondary school and a disabled school on a former sports field, with the old buildings being demolished after possession.
Site safety was a priority at this site with a zero harm policy both promoted and rigorously enforced. Every safety report encouraged innovative actions or solutions, with daily safety briefings and inspections including all subcontractors. Weekly safety forums were also held for supervisors, and monthly talks from the on-site director included the presentation of a green card award. The site itself was extremely well presented with extensive hard standing areas and mud-free approaches to maintain its excellent appearance.
A dedicated production team had the responsibility of sustaining a good public impression, and a number of community support initiatives were put in place throughout the duration of the project. These included allowing use of a football field to a local disabled team, as well as a donation made, and a time capsule was buried with donated inclusions from famous local sports stars. The project also supported the London Youth games as well as a community education programme run by Stevenage Football Club. A litter pick in surrounding fields was organised alongside local residents and a colony of bees found onsite were safely relocated.
The atmosphere at the site was both friendly and professional, and this same impression was conveyed to local residents, resulting in an extremely well-run site which was a credit to all those involved.
The Co-operative Academy of Stoke on Trent
Presented to: Stuart Scrimgeour, Steven Foster and Andrew Stanier
Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
Client: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
In a residential location and set within a busy school campus, this project required the design and construction of a new academy building.
Before work commenced, targets were set at 15% for local labour and 15% for spending with local companies. In fact, figures of 45% and 47% respectively were achieved, evidencing the site's real commitment to local support wherever possible. Clothes, household items and the like were regularly given to a charity shop and many other instances of volunteering or other support existed for community projects. Of the nine local apprentices taken on, three took part in the Princes Trust Apprentices initiative, resulting in one permanent position with a subcontractor.
Site rainwater was harvested into a permanent underground tank, proving a supply for cleaning external areas and for watering the plants and shrubs which will form part of the landscaping area on completion. This will provide ongoing cost-savings for the completed project.
With observation areas, the staging of an open evening for building tours, and immaculate maintenance of both the site and all its approaches, this project presented an outstanding impression of today's construction industry at work.
Cullompton Re-Sewerage Scheme
Presented to: The H50 Project Team
Contractor: Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering
Client: South West Water
This project in Devon required the construction of a major relief sewer system that passed through residential and commercial areas, a park, a community college and under the principal area through-road.
Projects such as this, with extensive earthworks, present a high potential for disruption and possibly flooding and the contamination of water courses. The superb preparations, community communications and attention to detail ensured that neighbour disturbance was minimal, and that the whole operation was viewed as positive and professional.
Of particular note was the care taken with individual properties through which new pipework was to pass. Detailed discussions were held with each property owner, with work planned to have the least possible negative impact, There were many instances of major replanning to avoid garden disturbance, and in once case the same was required where a home extension had been built over an existing sewer access. All were resolved successfully.
The site team also found time to support the community via restoration of a local park, clearing watercourses of rubbish, re-shaping willow trees and clearing bramble-infested areas. It was clear that the professionalism of the team was held in the highest local regard, and that new standards are considerate practices were established.
Kings Cross Eastern Goods Yard - West Transit Shed
Presented to: Leo Amatino
Contractor: BAM Construction Ltd - London
Client: Argent Group plc
This central London project involved the redevelopment of the West Transit Shed on the old Kings Cross goods yard to provide new offices and retail units as part of a major commercial and residential development.
This site introduced a 'Safe and Sound Board', made up of volunteer representatives from management and all subcontractors. This Board received and reviewed reports and suggestions relating to health and safety, and had the authority to resolve any problems by communicating with other Board members. This proved to be very successful in raising standards and motivating the workforce. The site hosted a visit from the Girl Guides Association and facilitated the creation of a DVD promoting careers in the construction industry, targeted at a female audience. Close working with the local Skills Centre helped apprentices gain NVQ qualifications whilst an educational coordinator facilitated an interview skills workshop for the local Camden Apprenticeships Team.
Excellent staff welfare facilities included a heated basket system where operatives could safely leave their belongings and dry their clothing at the same time. A range of charity initiatives included a moorland trek which raised over £10,000, and a serious problem of pigeon infestation was solved humanely by employing a falconer and hawk to move the birds elsewhere.
With extensive community involvement and top environmental scores, this high-profile site demonstrated a real commitment to considerate construction and set a standard for others to follow.
Co Operative Head Office
Presented to: Tony Grindrod
Contractor: BAM Construction Ltd - North West
Client: The Cooperative Group Ltd
This 15 storey building is now home to more than 3,000 Co-operative employees working across the Group's retailing and financial services businesses, and is part of a regeneration of the Co-op's existing 20-acre site.
The baseline for this site was to devise new approaches for community involvement. These included helping with the rehabilitation of young offenders by organising CSCS cards, and providing work experience and ongoing work placements with subcontractors. Given the close proximity of residential properties, complaints were at a minimum thanks to a regular flow of monthly newsletters, quarterly information evenings and up-to-date news online. In addition, a client-set target for local labour was greatly exceeded.
Stand-out examples from a range of environmental initiatives included an on-site hire shop (to minimise multiple small deliveries for every trade) and a concerted effort with suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging coming to site.
The challenge of this inspirational building saw the construction team deliver an exemplar site which both met, and went beyond, all aspects of the Scheme's Code of Considerate Practice.
Montgomery Primary School
Presented to: James Turner and the Site Team
Contractor: BAM Construction Ltd - Western
Client: Devon County Council
In a densely populated residential area of Exeter, this project involved the construction of a replacement primary school within the grounds of the existing school.
One of the key aims of the site team was to offer learning opportunities to the school, especially on environmental themes. Amongst a range of initiatives established in conjunction with teachers and outside agencies, the project management team arranged energy assemblies and workshops, created a site 'wormery', helped to form wildlife and other green areas, installed bat boxes, and built bird tables from salvaged fencing material. In addition to numerous goodwill gestures, BAM also provided volunteers together with Portaloos, traffic cones, barrier tape, and high-viz jackets for the safe execution of the Friends of Montgomery School firework display.
Drop-in meetings to update on site progress were supplemented by the provision of free advice on domestic DIY and building projects, resulting in excellent dialogue with all site neighbours and the local community. In every area, this site demonstrated real commitment to considerate construction, and is a real credit to the industry.
Olympic Park, Lot 2 SBH
Presented to: Doug Mills
Contractor: BAM Nuttall Ltd
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority
This project involved extensive infrastructure works to London's Olympic Park, including road construction, fencing, bridges, a pumping station and service installations.
Environmental protection was high on the agenda of this site which introduced the "Yellow Fish" initiative to remind all operatives to prevent any contamination to the water system. This was supported by extensive recycling and the use of sustainable materials, plus the provision of a driving simulator to promote a more carbon-friendly approach to driving. As a result of a presentation on the construction industry to the Royal Engineers, a new best practice method of loading cranes was identified and shared with other contractors.
Workforce training was extremely well addressed in all areas and included the employment of a full time NVQ assessor. A total of five apprenticeships were completed during the project, support was given to the Women in Construction initiative, and the site also employed a disabled cleaner.
These standards were matched by a top safety score and immaculate presentation throughout, making this site a beacon of what can be achieved through considerate site practices.
Extension to Tollcross Aquatic Centre
Presented to: Bill Williamson
Contractor: Barr Construction
Client: Glasgow City Council
This Glasgow-based project with residential neighbours required a large extension of existing facilities at an aquatic centre.
In addition to newsletters and progress updates delivered to each local household and business, a website, live webcam and Twitter account ensured that all site neighbours were kept fully up to date with the latest progress, while providing continuous feedback to the contractor. Extensive community involvement included the staging of a "Geek Week" where the neighbours were invited to use the site computers and improve IT awareness, a fun day in the local swimming pool, and a number of projects with local schools, colleges and universities. At the same time, the workforce benefitted from occupational health support together with broader health advice including a health awareness day, a mental health initiative, prostate cancer awareness, plus drugs and alcohol screening.
In summarising the site's efforts, the Scheme Monitor said:
"What made this site exceptional was the sheer number and scale of the community initiatives, and its consideration for the workforce and public. Considerable efforts were undertaken to make the experience of the project a positive one for all stakeholders and parties impacted by the works".
Presented to: Craig Nairn and Nicola Brown
Contractor: Barr Construction
Client: Tesco Stores Ltd
Bordered by a railway line, housing and commercial units, this project in Scotland required the design and build of an ECO Tesco store on the site of an old factory, ironworks and a Roman fort.
Taking advantage of the historical location, the site team set up a small museum of Roman artefacts from excavations, allowing local groups and schools to visit. This proved extremely popular, with archaeologists present to give presentations on the history of the fort. The artefacts were subsequently donated to client, Tesco, for display in the store. The site also used Twitter to inform neighbours of activity and receive feedback, and this proved a valuable communication tool. A 'Geek Week' was also arranged as an opportunity for local people to learn basic computer skills.
On the site itself, the early provision of a paved area provided a clean, crisp surface for parking and for the compound, ensuring clean conditions and a smart appearance throughout the project. A multi-faith calendar was prominently displayed, and a Local Labour Generation group used to employ long term personnel. The site also established a dedicated website for sharing surplus waste to other sites and contributing to recycling. A Burns Supper option was on the canteen menu in recognition of the Scottish location, while a satellite navigation device was available and pre-progammed to the nearest A&E facility.
All these elements combined to deliver an exceptional site of the highest considerate standards.
Presented to: Tom Tagg
Client: Crossrail Ltd
In the heart of London, this major civil engineering project comprised portal and tunnelling work as part of the Crossrail infrastructure works leading into London's Paddington station complex.
The location of this site across residential and business areas demanded an excellent communications programme, and this was more than delivered by the site team. Regular ongoing newsletters were supported by videos, public exhibitions and extensive site visits which included both royalty and the Mayor of London. Schoolchildren were given a practical exercise in designing their version of a tunnel, and the local community were closely involved in the design of a new park bridge. A helpline was also in place for the benefit of all site neighbours.
On the site itself, newly-designed features were added to a piling rig to increase safety, and the system evolved for monitoring bore waste set new industry standards. This was enhanced by the use of trains and barges to clear the massive amounts of spoil being generated, thus reducing the number of waste lorries required.
The range of staff training opportunities was extensive, covering many disciplines, and general welfare facilities were of an excellent standard. The overall impression was one of great professionalism, and a great advertisement for the construction industry.
Lincshore 2010 - 2015
Presented to: The Project Team
Contractor: Birse Coastal (North East Region)
Client: Environment Agency
With residents and a busy beach nearby, this offshore dredging project was to refresh sections of beach along the Lincolnshire coast line in order to replace erosion and prevent flooding.
A portable and manned information unit helped ensure that both residents and tourists had an excellent understanding of the work in progress, as well as the environmental issues being addressed. Work on site was regularly re-programmed to avoid busy tourist periods and to minimise neighbour disturbance, while elements such as beeper-free reversing helped keep noise to a minimum. A great deal of environmental information was also given on a daily basis to operatives.
A new system that enabled safer and remote shackling was devised on site to reduce the regular risks encountered in these operations, and this will now be adopted company-wide. Excellent hands-on support was given to two seal rescues
and sponsorship for a seal sanctuary helped them through to recovery and release. One remote section of beach and car park was voluntarily maintained by the contractor in the absence of local authority funds to carry out the work.
These elements, coupled with workshops to share industry information, excellent welfare facilities and first class presentation, combined to produce a superb site dedicated to the detail of considerate site practices.
Glencorse Water Treatment Works
Presented to: Andy Old
Contractor: Black & Veatch
Client: Scottish Water
This project saw the development of a water treatment works in a rural location south of Edinburgh, and the construction of a pipeline to an existing treatment works on the outskirts of the city.
The work required the installation of water collection tanks from reservoirs in the surrounding hills, and this was managed with great sensitivity. Neighbouring residences and farms were contacted prior to the start, open meetings held and regular updates given via the website. Due respect was also paid to local places of interest and items of historical importance, while huge efforts went into preventing any pollution or contamination of the area. In addition, works were landscaped over at completion, leaving no evidence of disturbance.
An end-of-project ceilidh for all staff and neighbours, together with the donation of a site cabin for local hill walkers and materials to make a school play park, rounded off an excellent community relations programme.
The continual consideration shown to neighbours was exceptional throughout this project, making it an exemplar of considerate construction at every level.
Presented to: Darren Barker
Contractor: Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd
Client: Optimisation Developments Ltd
On the site of a former light industrial complex and close to a business park, this project near Wells in Somerset comprised the construction of a new superstore, car park and petrol station.
To ensure that the Jubilee and Olympic torch procession was suitably decorated, the client donated all the town and main road bunting which was erected by the team. Site operatives also refurbished the city gates, and the two initiatives resulted in an invitation from a local farmer to a special open day for the children of the site team on his farm. These initiatives were just two of many where both client and site combined to make a real and lasting difference to the local community. Many fundraising events were successfully staged for various local charities, and immediate help was given to a man badly injured on a nearby farm. One subcontractor volunteered to help a neighbour demolish a barn which held particularly sad memories while a number of site visits by local schools took place.
Most significantly, the site team created an area of wetlands to ensure no loss of amenity to the community, and this resulted in the fledging of five kestrel chicks, which is a rare total for this breed. The facility remains as a legacy for the area.
An excellent presentation and good welfare standards, combined with the first class community dialogue, delivered an exemplar site.
Bond Street Station Upgrade
Presented to: Bond Street Station Upgrade Team
Contractor: Costain Laing O'Rourke JV
Client: London Underground
In the heart of London's West End, this major project involved the full upgrading of an Underground station and its preparation to receive Crossrail.
The high concentration of neighbouring properties and passers-by at this site demanded the utmost in considerate practices. These were delivered in full measure and included great forethought and attention to detail. Over 500 visits per month were made to neighbouring homes and businesses for updating and feedback, resulting in truly co-operative interaction. An air conditioning unit was provided to nearby offices to allow closed windows and the avoidance of any noise or dust, while clear Perspex hoardings protected the neighbouring Tanzania High Commission and maintained important visibility. Innovative LED dot matrix signage on company vehicles helped warn pedestrians of vehicle movements, and there were numerous examples of special arrangements made to facilitate nearby businesses.
The site also operated an innovative bespoke software system to record driver training records, and used wind turbines to power traffic signs. Waste recycling was a further priority and the site won a Lord Mayor's Bronze Award for sustainable procurement.
With a £30,000 charity support target, and a highly professional public presentation throughout, this site demonstrated exemplary levels of considerate construction.
London Power Tunnels
Presented to: The Project Team
Contractor: Costain Ltd
Client: National Grid
This extensive and complex London project required the construction of power tunnels 26 metres underground from Willesden in the West, to Hackney in the East and Wimbledon in the South.
As construction work areas were mainly situated underground, excellent community engagement was organised via resident's associations, Business in the Community groups and external environmental officers. A first-class visitor centre was established and a purpose built exhibition area for schools was extensively used to demonstrate the benefits of the project. The engagement with local environment officers, as well as those on site, in promoting Sustainability Week has resulted in creating strong ambassadors for the site and the project.
Exceptionally high standards of safety and training were instigated on a project where safety was of paramount importance. Good processes were apparent in all areas and the safety plan in place for each site was reviewed and audited regularly. These aspects, plus a strict inspection and reporting regime, resulted in the winning of a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
With detailed control procedures for deliveries, extensive noise and vibration management, and a score of 99% materials saved from landfill, this high-profile project acted as a superlative advertisement for the modern construction industry.
Forth Replacement Crossing
Presented to: Ewen Macdonell
Contractor: FCBC (Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors)
Client: Transport Scotland
On the Firth of Forth estuary in Scotland and adjacent to residential areas, this five-year project saw the new build of a cable-stayed bridge with three towers next to the iconic road and rail bridges.
Requesting permission from local residents to locate dust, noise and vibration monitoring stations within their gardens has helped engagement with the community and reassured those who objected to the project. The residents also nominated local charities to receive £500 each in January 2012 and these donations will carry on through the duration of the project. Communication initiatives firmly addressed the extensive reach of the works. Eleven information boards have been erected at locations such as supermarkets and village squares on both sides of the bridge, and these are populated with progress information regarding the project. Five thousand hard copies of a newsletter were distributed to schools, libraries, shops and other public locations, while newsletters were also emailed to subscribers and available to view on a website.
In parallel, site operatives and staff receive their own internal newsletter carrying items of general interest, notices, news and what is expected from Scheme participation. Currently, the liaison team have visited over 26 educational institutes and have a growing diary of commitments, including undergraduate mentoring.
This site team has already been accepted as a valued part of the community, and demonstrated an exceptional "can-do" approach to all facets of considerate construction.
Presented to: Steve Horrocks
Contractor: Forrest Ltd
Client: Salix Homes
In an established residential inner city area, this contract consisted of phased kitchen, bathroom, rewiring and central heating improvements to 180 occupied council homes to the 'Decent Homes Standard'.
The Scheme Monitor's report for this site noted: "Overall management and organisation was of the highest order, giving the appearance of a totally professional operation". To prevent congestion on roads, work was not carried out on neighbouring properties at the same time and every property was cleaned and inspected by operatives on a daily basis. Every individual trade received practical environmental information on how they could and should work, and were provided with first-class welfare facilities. All members of the team were observed to have created an excellent relationship with tenants and were clearly regarded highly. There were many instances of "going the extra mile", including the rescheduling of work to avoid disturbance during exam revision and a bereavement.
Goodwill repairs were also carried out to several properties, and presentations to local schools were supported by the donation of hi vis vests for Walk to School week.
Further initiatives included colour-coded waste containers to ease segregation, a Sat Nav device programmed for trips to the nearest hospital and an incentivised scheme for the return of satisfaction questionnaires. The commitment to considerate construction techniques was clear at every level, and should be highly commended.
Prince Charles House
Presented to: Brendon Cocking and Craig Kendall
Contractor: Gilbert & Goode Ltd
Client: Ocean Housing
This three-storey project near a town centre involves the building of 31 living units together with communal and community facilities for elderly residents.
The hallmark of this project was the close collaboration between client, contractor and operator, and the enthusiastic pursuit of any idea which might improve upon delivery and overall consideration. The attitude throughout was to constantly improve, and to involve as many viewpoints as possible. This included close involvement with the residents-to-be in a liaison process which kept them in touch with the progress of their own particular unit as well as the project in general. The site was viewable through a webcam, which not only enabled people to view the progress of construction, but allowed future residents to assist with the site's security. A particularly thoughtful briefing process for each unit's handover took full account of the frailties of age that can make home management very challenging.
In collaboration with subcontractors and others involved in the project, a range of training activities were developed with the local college to improve construction trade skills throughout the area. Local labour was extensively employed and a programme of goodwill, charity and community events were carried out.
Considerate construction was the principal thought for the whole team at this site, and was a credit to the aims of the Scheme.
Dounreay New Low Level Waste Facilities
Presented to: Jim Armour, Jack Walker and David Slevin
Contractor: Graham Construction
Client: Dounreay Site Restoration Limited
Bounded by the main nuclear power station at Dounreay, together with public roads and villages, this decommissioning project comprised the building of large bunkers for low-level waste storage, requiring excavation through 16 metres of rock.
This was a sensitive, high profile site requiring top security, but the site team still managed an excellent relationship with the immediate and wider community. It was decided that blasting would be the least disruptive technique for removing the rock, and residents, councillors, and press were invited to witness demonstrations of trial blasting. Their subsequent approval was followed up with regular information to all parties on intended blasting times and duration, together with regular newsletter distribution. Goodwill gestures included grass cutting for the local conservation trust, extension of the garden and play area for Castletown Playgroup, and a £500 donation to boost funds for Thurso youth club.
Detailed attention was paid to wildlife and flora conservation with 2257 Primular Scotia plants logged, their co-ordinates noted and later replanted off site. Energy conservation was encouraged via laminated travelling advice cards issued to each visitor.
With potential dust and noise closely monitored and controlled, and excellent levels of safety and site cleanliness, this challenging project created an excellent overall impression of the industry at work.
Nottingham Trent Left Bank Alleviation Scheme - Attenborough Village
Presented to: Attenborough Site Team
Contractor: Jackson Frameworks Limited
Client: Environment Agency
On the River Trent at Nottingham, this project required the construction of an extensive flood defence wall around Attenborough Village.
The location of the site works, between the village cricket pitch and nature reserve, and alongside a church and graveyard, was in a very sensitive environmental location. Combined with the keen interest of local residents, this required a comprehensive information and reassurance programme. This programme was delivered so successfully that many residents and groups subsequently recorded their detailed appreciation of the consideration shown to their community and to individual households. Specifically mentioned were tidiness, workforce attitude, behaviour and the high level of professionalism demonstrated.
Apart from the recognised waste and noise reduction initiatives, an innovative trench mixer system reduced the use and impact of sheet piling. Borehole water was used for landscape maintenance, solar lighting and bio fuel extensively used, as well as PFA-enhanced concrete, steel formwork pans and reclaimed material. To avoid alkali discharges, concrete wash out water was collected, filtered and returned to source in the delivery truck.
At every level from safety and welfare to community support, this team delivered the highest levels of considerate construction, presenting a site that was truly outstanding.
Kings Park Tower Blocks
Presented to: Mike McCartan
Contractor: Keepmoat Ltd (Bramall Construction Ltd)
Client: One Vision Housing
The Kings Park regeneration project saw the extension of social housing apartment blocks with the addition of three new storeys and 109 new apartments to the existing 174.
The site sought 'hearts and minds' involvement with the community. Local resident groups were introduced to the project plan and encouraged to work with the team and undertake site and neighbourhood inspections to maintain standards. Work times were regulated to respect the neighbourhood and particular attention and support was afforded to residents about to take possession of their new home.
A wide range of initiatives targeted the general betterment of the neighbourhood and included wild flower planting and installation of bird feeding stations, as well as planting beds for gardening groups. These were complemented with advice on responsible dog ownership and the design of strategic traffic and parking arrangements.
This sensitive project was managed with exceptional respect for both the immediate and wider community, making it an outstanding example of CCS best practice in action.
Southend Pier Cultural Centre
Presented to: The Site Team
Contractor: Kier Construction
Client: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
This unusual project centred in Tilbury Docks, London, involved the construction of a complete building that will be floated down the river to Southend for sea-going crane to place it on the refurbished end of Southend Pier.
With three site areas separated by some distance, this site team had to address the needs and concerns of three sets of neighbours and authorities, requiring a highly detailed communication plan. This was managed extremely successfully, and included dialogue with a large boatyard, Coast Guards, the Lifeboat Institute, the Fire Brigade, the port of London Authority, the River Police and Harbour Masters. Operatives also provided immediate assistance when a boat ran into the pier at Southend, and subsequently volunteered to act as victims for the lifeboat's pier rescue drills.
Major environmental considerations included the use of boreholes in the old pier for drinking water for Ruddy Turnstone birds. This behaviour was observed by operatives and staff, who proposed a new method of fixing for the replacement deck which would create small troughs of the needed water. The idea will be extended beyond the site area providing more scope for the bird colony to expand.
With a mainly local workforce, a strong equal opportunities plan and considerable care given to presenting a good impression of the industry, this site was exemplary in its dedication to considerate construction.
Estover Community Campus
Presented to: Chris Palfrey and Conrad Heath
Contractor: Kier Construction - Western & Wales
Client: Plymouth City Council
Located in the heart of a residential area on the outskirts of Plymouth, this project involved the final construction stages of a new community campus, built in phases to ensure the existing campus was able to operate throughout.
Environmental performance was a high priority at this busy site, as evidenced by the saving of over 3000 travel movements through the re-use of excavation material. An independent certificate was also awarded for plasterboard recycling, and the innovative use of solar panels provided alternative energy for an accommodation unit. This was complemented by car-sharing and cycle-to-work schemes, and by an increase of two-thirds in the originally-designed green space through free additional work.
The large number of community events organised by the team included fundraising competitions and individual goodwill gestures to site neighbours, while Ivor Goodsite personally escorted a school group around the site. Staff welfare and involvement was particularly impressive, with one temporary site labourer promoted to site manager to close out the project.
With top safety standards ensuring the security of students, staff and visitors alike, this well-presented site achieved exemplar standards and is a definite credit to the industry.
Presented to: Kevin Williams
Contractor: Kier Living
Client: Westco Properties Ltd
This project near St Austell, Cornwall and bordered by a leisure centre, band school and residential homes, required the demolition of 19 condemned affordable homes and their reconstruction using new and different materials.
A particular feature of this site was its open communication with site neighbours and the general public. A large notice board on the site hoardings not only gave details of progress and any compliments received, but also listed any complaints and how they were being managed. This was supported by a manned helpline, and the board also outlined energy-use levels and the site's carbon footprint. This led to excellent interaction with the local community, and subsequently the decoration of remaining hoarding by the local school. Further engagement with the school included several visits to site, and projects to construct wildlife boxes for both the school and the site itself.
Local charity support was equally extensive, with events including a sponsored 'moustache month', support for three cancer charities, a charity hairdressing morning, and ink cartridges saved for Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Practical help was also given to the neighbouring band school. Excellent site welfare facilities and an extremely clean presentation added to the impressive profile, and made this a top-scoring considerate site.
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