The City Council run Considerate Contractor Scheme was introduced in 1998 and sets out to recognise efforts made by construction firms to minimise noise and disruption. Last year, the 27 participating contractors entered 80 projects into the scheme.
The judging panel for the 2016 awards were, Councillor John Hipkin, Councillor Kevin Blencowe, Mr Steve Bowen former director of the Federation of Master Builders and representing the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, Mr Martin Rayner.
The award from builder’s merchants Ridgeons and in association with the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry was presented by Ridgeons director Gordon Ridgeon to Jon Carter senior project manager for Kier Construction Eastern.
Kier on behalf of the University of Cambridge were involved in the major refurbishment of the ARUP building now known as The David Attenborough Building located on the New Museums site. Extensive works were undertaken over a two and a half year period to completely refurbish the building, this included a new public café, and a stunning new atrium with living green wall which reflects the planting found under the tree canopies of the tropical rain forests. The project also created a significant extension to the Museum of Zoology which included a new space for its beloved finback whale skeleton.
Primary site access to the development was from Corn Exchange Street where a small delivery point was created. From the outset Kier made sure that works were well communicated to both University department’s and external stakeholders’ and it was felt by the judging panel that the site was very well managed given the difficulties that were clearly present.
A Certificate of Excellence in this category was awarded to Morgan Sindall who were responsible for building the new James Dyson Building in Fen Causeway. Once again, some very close neighbour liaison being required at both the Leys School and Royal Cambridge Hotel.
A further Certificate of Excellence was also awarded to Skanska who were recognised for their continuing effort’s in delivering the extensive infrastructure works at the University of Cambridge North West Cambridge development site.
It was decided in 2012 to introduce a further award to cater for any projects, which are to be ongoing for a period of three years or more.
This is called the Cambridge City Council “Works in Progress Award” Previously, projects had only been recognised when completed, and it was hoped that by introducing this award, that contractors, would feel that their continuing efforts can be formally recognised prior to the completion of the works. This year the award has been revised to reduce the eligible time period to two years, and to allow for more than one award winner.
In 2016, the principle site recognised was the redevelopment of the University Arms Hotel in Regent Street. The project being undertaken by the special projects team at R G Carter and with an expected completion date of Autumn this year.
It was also decided to reward the efforts of two other major projects who both received Certificates of Excellence, with Bouygues UK recognised for their efforts in managing the construction of the new Cambridge Assessment headquarters in Shaftesbury Road and SDC Builders who are currently undertaking major expansion works at the Judge Institute, Tennis Court Road.
The Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, have since 2001 supported a separate award for contractors who undertake small to medium size projects and the City Council are most grateful for their continued support.
Cocksedge Building Contractors were the 2016 award winners for works undertaken to construct a new boathouse on behalf of Gonville and Cauis College off of Ferry Path. Here the judging panel were impressed by some really positive local feedback received by Cocksedge at what was an extremely difficult site to manage given the access arrangements.
A Certificate of Excellence in this category was awarded to Millcam Construction for their effort’s in complying with the scheme at a number of sites within the city. All of the awards were presented at a recent event hosted by the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry at the McGrath Centre, St Catharine’s College.
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