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CHC wins top environmental award

08 Dec 2006

Cheetham Hill Construction was amongst the top winners in this year"s National Green Apple Environment Awards, winning the Green Champion Award, the top prize in the "Recycling, Reclamation and Regeneration" category.

CHC won the prestigious award for the restoration and regeneration of the former Kiveton Colliery site in South Yorkshire. The successful delivery of this diverse scheme was carried out by Renaissance South Yorkshire in partnership with Yorkshire Forward, British Waterways, The Land Restoration Trust, The Forestry Commission and local charities, with Cheetham Hill Construction in the role of Principal Contractor and using funding through English Partnership's National Coalfield programme.

The project was designed and executed with sustainable construction techniques at its core, maximising the use of soils and aggregates, whilst reducing the impact of off-site disposal and the need to import virgin aggregates. The works were designed to hand back the area to the local community as amenity parkland with formal fishing ponds, providing social, economical and environmental benefits for both people and nature. Various wildlife features were created including bird scrapes, and areas planted up to encourage butterflies. Recreational features were also incorporated into the design to include an outdoor arena suitable for organised concerts.

This is the twelfth year of the Green Apple Awards, now established as one of the biggest environmental award schemes in the world. Winners were presented with their trophies at the Tower of London by Dr David Bellamy.

Mark Foden, Cheetham Hill Construction"s Health, Safety and Environmental Manager said: "This award is a great achievement for CHC as a civil engineering contractor. Large scale environmentally sensitive works come with great responsibility and require structured planning and management. The Company has completed a variety of similar projects over the past five years and it is important to us, that together with our clients we can receive recognition for delivering those contracts that have wide reaching social and environmental benefits."

Ian Bramley, Head of Property Coalfields at Renaissance South Yorkshire commented. "We are pleased that Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd have gained this award, as it marks the second consecutive year that projects managed by Renaissance South Yorkshire have attained this standard. The award recognises how former coalfields continue to be transformed to create attractive locations for both modern businesses and their local communities."

Tony Staincliffe, Project Manager for English Partnerships said "This award is recognition of the fact that working in successful partnerships, Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd has met the high standards of renewable, sustainable construction and development that English Partnerships strive to achieve on all regeneration projects".

CHC's Environmental Manager, Mark Foden, being presented the Green Apple Award by Professor David Bellamy OBE

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