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May 2015

Issue 36


Project name:

UHI Inverness College -

Beechwood Campus

Presented to:

Site Management Team


Morrison Construction


GT Equitix

Project name:

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd -


Presented to:

John Henderson and

The Project Team


RG Group


Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Located south of the City of Inverness, removed from local homes and businesses, this project was to build a new multi-use

college campus with associated infrastructure.

The on-site teaching area for various trades and specialists to demonstrate their skills to college students established this

site’s commitment to training and education. This was supported by a comprehensive plan to encourage apprentices, work

placements and graduates, including an active participation in college career days. A Supplier Engagement and Employability

Day was staged, with an emphasis on providing opportunities for local businesses and individuals.

Facilities to support and care for the workforce included incentives to encourage a sense of ownership in welfare and safety

matters. A system to identify potential stress-related illness was also part of the occupational health provision. The site

accommodation also included specific areas in which to rest and relax. Environmental and safety performance standards were

also outstanding and this superbly presented site delivered a first-rate impression of today’s construction industry.

On the site of former coachworks at Waterlooville, Hampshire, this project required the construction of a new 45,000 square

foot Sainsbury’s store, plus a new petrol filling station.

Among the many imaginative and innovative considerate concepts at this site was the creation of a public observation

garden, complete with artificial grass, picnic tables, feature plants, coffee facilities and information boards. Located near a

main walking route, the facility proved extremely popular and ensured local residents were fully informed of site progress.

Extensive community support included fundraising, voluntary repairs to a community centre, the creation of a lake fishing

jetty and many instances of personal help.

Workforce welfare and support was also at exemplary levels with innovations including an arrangement with a church to

deliver ‘all faith’ pastoral care sessions on a weekly basis. Operatives benefited from free car safety checks from a local garage,

while apprenticeships, work experience placements and off-site educational training were vigorously promoted.

With over 70% of the workforce from the locality, this well-presented site was a valued and respected part of the community,

and will leave a legacy of significant credit to the construction industry.