Considerate Contractors go 90 miles with local residents

Robert Woodhead Limited really has gone the extra mile for residents local to the Wendling Gardens building site.

 

The Nottinghamshire construction company, Robert Woodhead Limited is building four bungalows to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 at the location, as part of the much larger council homes building programme1,2. Once completed, the homes will be managed by Nottingham City Homes.

Next to the development is a sheltered housing complex – Challond Court run by Anchor Trust – and Robert Woodhead’s Site Manager Pete Winson certainly has gone the extra mile for the residents – in fact around 90 miles.

Pete Winson and Woodhead Living, part of Robert Woodhead Ltd took more than 20 residents of the complex on a coach trip to Derbyshire on 6 March 2013. This included sightseeing and dinner, where residents got the chance to talk to Pete in a relaxed atmosphere about what was happening at the site, what the plans were and when it would be finished. Have you ever heard of a building company going that many miles to keep the local residents informed of site developments?

Michelle Hart, Scheme Manager for the sheltered housing complex commented, “I would personally like to thank Pete and his team for the Derbyshire tour and dinner. All the residents had a fantastic time. It really made them feel important.”

Back in January, Pete and his team were also on hand to minimise any disruption caused by the snow. With the help of a small digger from the building site, the team cleared the residents’ car park in an hour, so they could all go about their business safely. Perhaps also a little unusual was the arrival of a letter from a local resident who had taken the trouble to write to Robert Woodhead Ltd. The letter stated, “I would just like to say, the people who have been on site have been most considerate… they have been very pleasant and polite during their time here, it has been a pleasant surprise.”

The site has had a first visit by the Considerate Construction Scheme who provides a report on how the construction site is being managed. The assessment takes into consideration the appearance of the site, safety and engagement within the community. Ernest Marshall, who conducted the assessment, praised the

Nottinghamshire building contractor and the site team for their efforts in creating good relationships with the local residents. As a result, the site has been awarded a Considerate Constructors Score of 40/50 which demonstrates ‘Excellent’ performance and is beyond compliance to the scheme. It shows a clear commitment to improve the image of construction.