Construction Services teams for the North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) are celebrating after winning a fantastic 15 awards at this week’s Considerate Constructor Scheme ceremonies in Manchester.
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.
NGN’s Yorkshire gas mains replacement sites were nominated for 17 awards at the Lowry in Manchester, and came away with 15 in total.
On Tuesday, the Church Fenton site won both gold and the highly prestigious runner-up prize for Most Considerate Site. Berry Lane Leeds and The Mount York both secured silver while Barnsley Road Wakefield earned a bronze.
Inspectors praised the high standard of community engagement at Church Fenton as work progressed to replace a governor and 320m of gas main. Villagers were kept constantly informed of progress through house visits and public meetings, and NGN sponsored the local cricket and football clubs, scouts and brownies as a goodwill gesture.
The site earned a total of 40 marks out of 50, scoring highly on its environmental measures, which saw trees planted in the governor housing and special drilling techniques introduced to minimise disruption to the surroundings.
Wednesday’s ceremony saw NGN claim four silver awards for sites at St Austell Drive Barnsley, Roman Ridge Doncaster, Carr Street Selby and Newmarket Street Skipton, while Gamble Hill Drive Leeds collected a bronze.
Rounding off a superb week on Thursday, NGN’s Westgate site in Huddersfield won a gold award with Westfield Lane South Elmsall, Carlton Road Pontefract, Stanley Road Wakefield and Queens Road, Bradford all picking up silver.
Inspectors scored the Westgate project an impressive 42 out of 50, for work involving renewal of ageing gas mains in Huddersfield city centre.
Earning full marks for its environmental measures, the site explored new techniques for reheating, treating and re-using stripped-out tarmacadam to fill potholes and trenches which were praised for their ability to save time, money and disruption.
In their executive summary, inspectors said: “This easily useable method could easily transform the state of the country’s roads, making timely repairs feasible and cost-effective. This advanced technology and method of backfilling is exceptional and at the forefront of industry technology and best practice.”
Westgate’s community engagement was also noted for its high standard of communication and involvement at schools.
Dean Shepherdson, Head of Construction Services for NGN said: “These were fantastic results for our teams and are testament to their hard work.
“We want to compete with the best sites in the country. We know roadworks can be disruptive but if our sites are being recognised as minimising impact on customers then we’re delivering the best experience we possibly can.”
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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