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May 2015

Issue 36

Project name:

Silchester Garages

Presented to:

The Silchester Team





Project name:

University of Hertfordshire

Presented to:

Paul Barrett


Morgan Sindall plc


University of Hertfordshire

In London’s Notting Dale, this project required the construction of a mixed tenure housing development of 112 units on a

brownfield site, bounded by a largely residential area and busy roads.

A specially designed CCTV system with a zoom camera mounted on the crane jib was just one of the innovative measures

observed on this site. This system enabled the crane operator to view lifts and deliveries outside his field of view, contributing

significantly to site safety. Other safety initiatives and monitoring were of an equally high standard and included full operative


The Scheme Monitor also noted extensive community support initiatives, many of which benefited from client involvement.

He noted in his report that “the site was undoubtedly making a real difference in this community”.

Environmental training was offered to all subcontractors and a dedicated energy-saving programme implemented. Backed up

by faultless presentation and a real commitment to operative healthcare, inclusion and fair treatment, this site was a beacon of

best practice in considerate construction.

This phased campus project required the construction of a new learning centre along with building extensions,

refurbishments, car parks, and extensive external works and landscaping.

Outstanding interaction between the university and the site team was observed, with the site becoming an integral and

welcome part of campus life. Special arrangements were regularly made to accommodate university activities and many

facilities were successfully shared.

The site was also strong on environmental issues, with excellent energy saving cabins and grey water recycling. A workshop

was held in conjunction with a leading waste management organisation aimed at promoting environmental awareness across

the site, and the students were encouraged to become involved with planting and landscaping works.

A campaign to enhance the appearance of site clothing was introduced which contributed greatly to making this an extremely

well-presented site, of enormous credit to the team, the company and the industry.