Most Considerate Site 2007
14 February 2007
Scottish Water’s new supply project at Blair Atholl, Perthshire, has been awarded the title of the UK’s Most Considerate Site 2007 in the Considerate Constructors Scheme National Awards.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme exists to improve the image of construction and to encourage best practice on building sites. Awards are presented each year to recognise the achievement of contractors in delivering high standards of consideration and care towards the public, the site staff and the environment. Of a total of 5226 sites nationwide that were eligible for a National Award this year, only 43 reached the top Gold standard, from which Scottish Water was chosen as the very best performer.
The project at Blair Atholl involved the installation of new water supply equipment to a village on behalf of Network Rail. For almost a hundred years prior to the project, the village had enjoyed its own private water supply, though the water quality had increasingly deteriorated in recent times. Despite this deterioration, there was considerable local opposition to the new scheme, not least as it would bring household water charges with it on completion. Against this background, Scottish Water was judged to have performed exceptionally well in engaging with the local community right from the start, and to have regularly gone the extra mile to maintain that engagement and accommodate residents. Works were redesigned to assist access, and particular attention was paid to scheduling work to avoid disruption to local events and interests. Regular meetings were held to inform local residents of progress and to allow for questions and discussion on any topic of concern. Visits were made to the local school to talk about the risks of playing on our near construction sites.
At the same time, extreme care was taken over protecting the local environment during the project and grass areas were carefully and fully reinstated. Site cleanliness was judged to be of an exceptionally high standard and the comprehensive facilities were maintained to a very high standard. By the end of the project, site managers and workers were a welcome part of the community, enjoying daily contact with many local residents and receiving a number of letters commending their courtesy and helpful attitude.
The Award was presented to Graham Fielden and Clark Wotherspoon of Scottish Water by Jennie Price, Chief Executive of the Waste Resources Action Programme at a ceremony and lunch held at The Gibson Hall, London, one of 8 such events held at venues around the country over a 2 week period.
Chairman of the Considerate Constructor’s Scheme, Peter Kingdon, commented: “This year’s Awards have seen even higher standards of considerate site practice demonstrated across the entire spectrum of construction from the big national companies through to the smallest of contractors. We are delighted to recognise the superb achievement of Graham, Clark and Scottish Water and congratulate them on the incredible efforts made by the site to become The UKs Most Considerate Site 2007”.