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May 2015

Issue 36

Project name:

Harris Academy

Presented to:

Harris Academy Project Team




Dundee City Council

Project name:

Derriford MSCP

Presented to:

Francis Campbell


Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd


Wharfside Regeneration Ltd

In a residential area of Dundee, Scotland, this on-going project required the demolition of old school buildings and the

construction of new teaching facilities for 1200 pupils, including a swimming pool and sports facilities.

The impression created by the project was summarised by the visiting Scheme Monitor as “one of the best sites I have seen in

over 400 visits”. Particularly noted was the emphasis on external presentation through regular hoarding repainting, signage

replacement and meticulous clean-downs. With a busy main road passing the site, this helped to generate a first class industry


Community involvement and support was extensive, and included an entire site shut-down for one morning to respect a

neighbour’s wife’s funeral. Among many pro-active environmental initiatives was the use of rear-end-loading skips which were

emptied into larger compactor vehicles when full, drastically reducing the number of road journeys required and thereby the

site’s carbon footprint.

With spotlessly clean welfare facilities backed by a strong focus on occupational health and workforce consultation, this site

delivered an exemplary considerate performance that was a beacon of industry best practice.

Located in the grounds of a busy A&E Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, serving many thousands of patients and staff on a daily

basis, this project involved the creation of a multi-storey car park and all associated works.

In addition to the careful control of noise always required at hospital sites, the A&E nature of the hospital demanded particular

attention to maintaining clear access at all times for the many ambulances coming and going. This was addressed by a highly

detailed and effective traffic management plan, together with the constant monitoring of each daily situation to ensure

maximum effectiveness.

A total commitment was made to update those affected within the hospital, as well as local residents and an adjoining

college. This was delivered to an exemplary level, and supported by charity fund-raising and a wide range of other community

initiatives and engagements.

Outstanding site cleanliness and a real dedication to worker healthcare, together with provisions to accommodate the diverse

workforce, were also observed by the Scheme Monitor. Overall, this site created an exceptional impression of the modern

construction industry.