Highways England schemes recognised at national awards

A scheme being delivered by Costain on behalf of Highways England has clinched a top accolade at this year’s Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) National Site Awards.

The company’s A556 Knutsford to Bowdon improvement scheme was awarded the top prize of Most Considerate Site. It was praised for ‘taking considerate construction to a new level’.

The M1 smart motorway, which is also being delivered by Costain, was named a runner-up to Most Considerate Site, both within the category of sites with a project value of £10m and over.

A number of other Highways England schemes were also recognised for their contribution to improving the image of construction.

The annual awards recognise the highest levels of consideration and care shown by sites registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme towards their local neighbourhoods, the general public, their workforce and the environment. They are judged by scheme monitors visiting the site and rating their considerate performance against the Code of Considerate Practice.

The A556 is a prominent route linking north Cheshire and south Manchester and is part of government’s commitment to deliver a Northern Powerhouse.

Awarding the top honour the judges praised the A556 project for the way “every aspect of the work visible to the general public portrayed professionalism. Engagement with the communities in the area was made to good effect, and the range of initiatives will undoubtedly impact positively. Environmental performance, too, was of the highest standard, confirming a very positive impression of sustainable construction on those affected by the works.”

Jeremy Bloom, Highways England’s regional investment programme director, said: “We’re delighted that the judges have recognised the contribution we are making and that they chose to award the A556 with the top accolade.

“We and our suppliers are committed to making sure that all of the schemes we deliver improve not only provide a safe and smooth journey for drivers that use them every day but also improve the quality of life for local communities who interact or live near them as well.”

Project manager for Costain, Rachel Ellison, added: “It is a fantastic accomplishment and recognises the phenomenal effort and dedication from the whole project team from the client to the supply chain.

“As a team we are all committed to the Code of Considerate practice and look to not only minimise the impact of our works on the local communities but to enhance our surroundings and leave a positive lasting legacy.”

Highways England schemes that were recognised for their contribution to improving the image of construction at the 2016 National Site Awards were:

 

Most Considerate Site – Costain: A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement Scheme

Runner Up – Costain: M1 Smart Motorway

Gold – BMJV (Bam Nuttall – Morgan Sindall Joint Venture): A14 J7-J9 Kettering Bypass Improvement Scheme

Gold – BMJV (Bam Nuttall – Morgan Sindall Joint Venture): M1 Junction 19 to 16 Smart Motorways

Gold – Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture: A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme

Gold – Galliford Try Infrastructure: A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement Scheme

Gold – Kier Highways Ltd: Kier Strategic Highways, Area 3, Park Gate Motorway Compound

Gold – Skanska UK plc: M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme

Silver – Costain: M42 Junction 6 Improvements PPP Scheme

Silver – Kier Highways Ltd: Kier Strategic Highways, Area 3, Chieveley Motorway Compound

Silver – Kier Highways Ltd: Kier Highways Ltd (Area 1) Notter Bridge Depot

Silver – Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure: A453 Widening

Bronze – Balfour Beatty: A1 Coal House to Metro Centre Improvements

Bronze – Balfour Beatty: M3 Junction 2-4a Smart Motorway

Bronze – Costain Ltd: A14 J31 to 32 Eastbound and Westbound Improvements

Bronze – Interserve Construction: M27 Junction 5 Freeflow

Bronze – Interserve Construction Ltd: A38 Dobwalls Safety Scheme

Bronze – Kier Highways Ltd: Kier Highways Ltd (Area 1) Sowton Depot

Bronze – Manchester Smart Motorways: Manchester Smart Motorways

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Comments

Why on earth is Highways England taking credit for the success of the contractors who happen to be working on their schemes – viz: “We’re delighted that the judges have recognised the contribution we are making” – WE are making??!!! I don’t think so. The clue is in the award – “considerate constructor” not “considerate client!!”