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Project name:

Project MENSA

Presented to:

The Site Team




AWE plc

May 2015

Issue 36


Project name:

Bramford Substation

Presented to:

The Bramford Site Team


AMS Joint Venture


National Grid

At Bramford in Suffolk, this project involves the phased reconstruction of a major electrical substation, requiring

specialist staff and operatives from around the UK.

Having already won a Considerate Constructors Scheme Gold Award in 2014, this major ongoing project was clearly

focused on further improving performance. Particular attention was paid to maintaining and improving environmental

credentials, with appropriate ecologists on call to attend to any problem. A low-fuel excavator halves fuel use, all site

cars are eco-cars and all procurement is rigorously researched for sustainability and embodied energy. Similar detailed

attention has been paid to wildlife conservation with new and relocated badger sets, and planting at the site edges to

create a wildlife habitat.

The site is also participating in the Global Corporate Challenge to encourage good health, with a team of seven people

comparing their performance with others from around the world. Comprehensive health and welfare provision, plus

committed operative support, rounded off a commendably high-scoring performance that fully supports the objectives

of the Scheme.

On a high-security site near Reading in Berkshire, this project is for the construction of a number of large industrial buildings

for the defence industry.

The commitment to operative health and safety was at an exemplary level at this immaculately maintained site. The harsh

realities of site accidents and unhealthy lifestyles were underlined by some powerful initiatives; these included a talk given to

operatives from a wheelchair-bound ex-worker and the review of a case involving a site fatality. The success of these initiatives

was recognised by the British Safety Council’s Sword of Honour, awarded to the project for four consecutive years.

The site also demonstrated genuine concern over potential neighbour disruption, with careful liaison undertaken prior to

establishing a night shift pattern. World Environment Day was used as an occasion to promote good practice among site

personnel, at work and at home, and the site introduced procedures to monitor worker fatigue particularly in the context of

shift working.

The Monitor’s report commended the site for achieving ‘the highest possible standards and developing new and innovative

practices’ aimed at improving its image and that of the industry.