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May 2015

Issue 36


Project name:

M&S Gosforth

Presented to:

Stephen Duke, Gary Scott, Sean

Murphy and Julie Harding


Wates Retail


Marks & Spencer plc

Project name:

Tarling Road

Presented to:

Tarling Road Project Team


Willmott Dixon Housing Ltd


Sanctuary Housing Association

Located in a residential area of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and close to a care home, this project required the design and build of a

fast track fit-out for a Marks and Spencer food outlet.

Though only a short-duration project, the appearance and image of this site was more in keeping with much larger

and longer-term projects. Particular attention was paid to the encouragement of similar presentation standards from

subcontractors, incentivised by first-class welfare provision and an inclusive ethos at all levels.

The site team were equally enthusiastic about engaging with the community and, in addition to site neighbours, made

contact with local schools, neighbouring contractors and the local authority. A pledge to regularly clear guttering was made

to the adjacent care home, while a local hospice and scout group received material and financial donations. Meanwhile, a

positive approach to protecting the environment included the use of the Building Research Establishment’s online reporting

tool. Equally positive initiatives for health and safety demanded buy-in from the supply chain.

This was a highly committed, comprehensive and considerate performance from a team clearly focused on improving the

image of construction.

Within a residential area of Canning Town, east London, and adjacent to a school and church hall, this project involved the

construction of 44 apartments for a housing association.

A director of the company, when visiting the site, was sufficiently impressed to declare that all other company sites should

now achieve the same considerate standards. Central to these standards, and achieving the highest possible score, was the

commitment to operative support and welfare. Among many initiatives was the trialling of sun-protective “brim clips” for hard

hats, which will also be introduced at all other sites.

Support for site neighbours and the wider community was also extensive with residents’ rubbish removed upon request, work

carried out on the community centre, and school visits undertaken. It was also noted that a nearby café, having benefited

from operatives’ visits, was further assisted by the donation of a new dishwasher to help handle the extra work.

This site was clearly a believer in people and in their support and development. The resulting levels of co-operation and

enthusiasm set new considerate standards for the industry.