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May 2015

Issue 36

Project name:

Ysbyty Glan Clwyd -


Presented to:

Colin Chong


Laing O’Rourke Construction



Betsi Cadwaladr University Health


Project name:

East Village, London E20

Presented to:

Steve M Fennell


Lend Lease


Department for Culture, Media

and Sport

In a semi-rural location in North Wales, this on-going project involves the major refurbishment and extension of a large, fully

operational, accident and emergency hospital.

Impressive standards of appearance were maintained throughout the progress of the work, creating a highly professional

image in a project of inevitable public interest. The Scheme Monitor noted rigorous reviewing and updating of systems and

techniques as part of the aim for continuous improvement. This culminated in the development of a quicker, simpler and more

economic method of achieving a secure and dustproof separation of working areas.

Also of note was the programme run with the British Heart Foundation which potentially saved three team members from

serious medical problems. Plans to specifically target supervisors’ training to achieve recognised qualifications are expected to

greatly benefit the individual, the company and the industry.

The site also contributed hugely to assisting both the hospital and the wider community with practical help and fundraising

initiatives, and the team held in high esteem for its support. Giving an all-round performance of outstanding merit, this site

was a tribute to the aims of considerate construction.

At the former Olympic Park Athletes’Village, this project requires the removal of temporary dividing walls, modification works

to the utility housing, installation of flooring, kitchen fit-outs and complete redecoration.

As new residents continue to arrive, this site has to ensure their satisfaction and security while fulfilling operational

requirements, and this was achieved to exemplary levels. Despite being in the final stages of work, the commitment to

community support remained a priority and included the renovation of an ex-servicemen’s club. Other initiatives included the

staging of cake-baking competitions and extensive encouragement of local employment.

Equality and diversity management was strongly supported, backed up by high levels of training, resulting in over 1000

trainees achieving level 6 NVQs. The safety performance was such that it prompted the Scheme Monitor to comment in his

report that the site has brought about “a cultural change amongst the entire workforce”.

This was an outstanding example of considerate construction at work.