Woodhead delivers most considerate site in the UK again!

Four Robert Woodhead Ltd projects have been handed national awards by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), this includes winning the most considerate site in the UK under £500,000 award. 

The sites across the East Midlands have shared in two Bronze and two Gold awards, with Woodhead taking home the title of the Most Considerate Site in the UK (for projects under £500k) for the second year running, thanks to the King Edward Skate Plaza project in Nottingham.

The four awards include:

– A Gold for King Edward Park, a skate plaza delivered for Nottingham City Council

– A Bronze for Delapre Abbey, the restoration of an historic building for Northampton Borough Council

– A Gold for Rogers Avenue, a new build project, part of the B@Home partnership with Bolsover District Council and EEM Ltd

– A Bronze for All Saints Academy, a school refurbishment project in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Each of the sites has been handed an award by the CCS scheme for excellent scores from independent assessors.

King Edward Park, a six week project to build a skate plaza for Nottingham City Council was highlighted as an exemplar project, scoring 47 out of 50 on its assessment, which is Woodhead’s highest ever score. With a national average in November 2016 of 35.42, this score places the project in the top 1% in the country!

Both King Edward Park and the All Saints Academy projects were procured through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa), managed by Scape Procure, which aims to improve the delivery of construction projects and property maintenance for public sector bodies, saving them and the taxpayer money.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme measures a company on how they:

– Care about appearance (of the site)

– Respect the community

– Protect the environment

– Secure everyone’s safety

– Value their workforce.

Each area is marked out of ten, with top scores achieving an ‘innovative’ title. In two of the five areas, Respect the community and Value their workforce, King Edward Skate Park was highlighted as ‘innovative’ (10/10), with the remaining three sections marked as ‘exceptional’ (9/10).

The CCS monitor said following her visit: “An exceptional site across all five sections of the CCS code, and all concerned should be congratulated. The efforts that have been made on this site, given the value and duration, are exemplary…The workforce is very obviously valued with some exceptional practices being carried out on the site.”

The £6.1m restoration of Delapre Abbey in Northampton, a 12th Century monastery, was delivered by the company’s conservation specialists, Woodhead Heritage. The site, which has included a wide range of restoration works, has offered a range of challenges for the site team, including dealing with the impact of vandalism, as well as working alongside dedicated and actively engaged Friends groups, with vested interests in the future of the Abbey.

Work to Delapre Abbey has been commended by the CCS Scheme, handed a Bronze award by the judges.

The site at Rogers Avenue in Creswell, Derbyshire, is part of a much larger housing partnership between Bolsover District Council and Robert Woodhead Ltd. The B@Home Partnership was procured through Efficiency East Midlands (EEM) in 2015. That same year representatives from Robert Woodhead Ltd and Bolsover District Council signed a partnership agreement to deliver more than 100 high quality energy efficient homes, over a four year period, while maximising social and economic benefits.

In August 2016 Woodhead completed the seven homes on Rogers Avenue. A former garage site, the small cul-de-sac marked the first homes completed in the overall programme of work. Moving into its second year, the programme has already positively impacted the local community, offering 12 work experience opportunities to local students and engaging with more than 1,200 young people preparing for their careers through talks, mock interviews, and careers fairs.

Woodhead Education, one of the company’s specialist construction teams, completed a £280,000 project at All Saints Academy in Mansfield in October 2016. Work to enhance the school included replacing external windows and doors, as well as a number of remedial works and new lighting.

It’s the projects work with the school and its local sub contractors that impressed the judges. The site team invited local football club, Mansfield Town FC to visit the school during Woodhead’s time on site, to carry out some training with a group of students. Players also held a mini press conference with the young people, answering all their questions, not to mention a lot of autographs and selfies.

Derek McGrath, Director for Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “We pride ourselves on the work we do as a company to deliver measurable impact on the sites we work on. It’s always our aim to leave a legacy behind, whether that be through our engagement and projects with the local community, or our efforts to provide work placement opportunities, local jobs and training.

“I’m incredibly proud of the teams involved in these particular sites, they have put a huge amount of effort into achieving such fantastic results. The awards handed out today have been very much deserved.”

The Most Considerate Site in the UK!