MOST CONSIDERATE SITE RUNNERS-UP
Ysbyty Glan Clwyd -
Laing O’Rourke Construction
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health
East Village, London E20
Steve M Fennell
Department for Culture, Media
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.