The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is celebrating after its Major Projects team won two Gold awards at this week’s Considerate Constructor Scheme ceremony in Edinburgh.
Since 1999, the Scheme has been rewarding the UK’s most considerate sites for the contribution they have made towards improving the image of construction. The Scheme looks at the measures a site has put in place to be more considerate towards local neighbourhoods and the public, the workforce, and the environment.
At Monday’s presentation in Scotland, two NGN gas holder demolition sites in the North East, Portrack Lane in Stockton-on-Tees and Elswick in Newcastle-upon-Tyne both won Gold awards for projects valued under £500,000.
The Elswick site scored 42 out of 50 with its highest marks awarded for community, environmental and safety measures, the inspection praising the work undertaken with stakeholders such as local schools through NGN’s community artist.
Portrack Lane also scored 42, securing its best marks for valuing workforce and community engagement, with special mention given to the site’s welfare facilities, emphasis on healthy body and mind, and its excellent communication with the local primary school which saw painting workshops organised for pupils.
The accolades for the NGN sites and Project Lead Vaughan Crawford are even more special when considering the scale of some of the Scheme’s entries, which included the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland and infrastructure giant BAM Construction.
Tim Harwood, Head of Major Projects for NGN said: “I am incredibly proud of the team who have worked tirelessly to carry out two technically challenging gasholder demolition schemes without accident or incident and with great stakeholder engagement. They have shown great pride in their site and been a credit to themselves and NGN.”
NGN is dedicated to maintaining its high standards on site, both for its customers and contractors. The company is constantly monitoring best practice and in doing so, regularly improving its processes and site efficiency.
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