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MOST CONSIDERATE SITE RUNNERS-UP

May 2015

Issue 36

17

Project name:

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Emergency Care Centre

Presented to:

The Site Team

Contractor:

Galliford Try Construction (UK)

Ltd

Client:

Gateshead Health NHS Trust

Project name:

Ulster Hospital Phase B2 -

General Ward Block

Presented to:

Fergal Duffy

Contractor:

Graham Bam Healthcare

Partnership

Client:

South Eastern Health & Social

Care Trust

In Gateshead, Tyne andWear, this project involved the substantial demolition and construction of a new Emergency Care

Centre within the boundary of an existing major hospital complex.

From the outset, the overall presentation was exceptional; attractive and well-maintained hoardings were complemented by

children’s artwork and a viewing area which gave an excellent and welcoming first impression to visitors. In terms of hospital

staff relations, a policy of continuous review and feedback resulted in new initiatives improving the levels of engagement.

Student involvement included the extension of some short training exercises into full apprenticeships, while local schools

benefited from site tours and presentations.

The workforce was well- briefed throughout the project with clear guidance and good support. Their accommodation

included on-site catering, a laundry facility, exercise area, relaxation space and a serviced shower facility, all contributing to

self worth and motivation.

Especially singled out for praise were the close and effective communications employed with staff, coupled with numerous

fund-raising activities. All in all demonstrating a site team which delivered considerate construction with great enthusiasm

and even greater success.

This project to address flood defence work for the city was spread across six residential and commercial areas in Portsmouth.

The main compound was based on an industrial park and the work included the construction of two underground pumping

stations.

Integration with the local community was central to this extensive project, and was managed to the highest level. Full

information on potential road or other disruption was publicised via a number of methods, including the local media.

Numerous voluntary initiatives supporting local individuals and groups were observed, with a particularly strong dialogue

enjoyed with four local schools. Higher education was also supported with graduates and apprentices recruited annually, and

work experience provided for school leavers and unemployed residents.

The contractor was continually identifying areas where action could be taken to protect and enhance the environment. Safety

systems were at the forefront of industry best practice and worker welfare standards and training were of an equally high

level. In summarising the site’s considerate performance, the Scheme Monitor said, “This has been an exemplary site which

has been a pleasure to monitor”.