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Double Award Success at CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards

30 Nov 2016

Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre, a facility recently constructed by Cheetham Hill Construction, achieved two top awards at the CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards 2016 - the sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering.

Old Swan HWRC came first in the Materials Use category and also gained a Highly Commended Award in the Community and Stakeholder Relations category at the prestigious awards ceremony, which took place at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on Monday 28th November.

This is a great achievement for both CHC and client Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and highlights the successful collaborative approach undertaken by both companies on the project in Liverpool, which earlier this year achieved a CEEQUAL ‘Excellent’ rating of 86.5%. 

The CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate projects that demonstrate pinnacle best-practice performance in a particular area of a CEEQUAL assessment. They highlight some of the top sustainability achievements by civil engineering project teams in recent years.

In the Materials Use category, the judges commented: “Care was taken to identify and use materials arising from clearing the site, and arrangements were made with a neighbouring site to also use their recycled material. Once the facility reaches the end of its life, it is estimated that more than 95% of the material used in its development can be reused, either in its current form or processed into other materials.

“The Judging Panel agreed that the team behind this project had made considerable effort to go the extra mile beyond just delivering a ‘standard’ recycling facility. They noted that the entire team collaborated and thought this way, taking a whole life approach that included the operation and maintenance of the facility. The team had shown that it was possible to raise the bar of achievement on smaller projects.”

In the Community and Stakeholder Relations category, the judges commented: “The Project Team worked on a detailed local community engagement programme involving a range of activities with local residents, businesses, statutory bodies, environmental groups and road users, all of whom helped to shape the initial project.

“A number of initiatives to encourage further community involvement followed the start of construction. These included working with a local charity (Merseyside Disability Federation) and experts to enhance the experience of the HWRC for people with disabilities. A local artist helped the Team to set up the ‘Big Mosaic Challenge’ in which residents used broken ceramic pieces to create a mosaic swan. And among other activities, a time capsule made by the local Brownies was buried at the site. The Judges commended the project team for the range of community engagement activities undertaken. These types of activities are often overlooked on relatively small projects such as Old Swan.”

Phil Ross, Director of CHC, said “To receive not one but two CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards is a great accomplishment for CHC as a civil engineering contractor. These awards highlight how seriously the Company considers the environmental, sustainable and community aspects of its projects. We will continue to register future projects under the CEEQUAL Scheme and aim for further success.”

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “The Outstanding Achievement Awards are a significant national achievement so we’re absolutely delighted with this news. It’s a real boost to the team and a validation for the amount of time and effort which goes into designing and constructing these types of facilities.”

Speaking at the ceremony, CEEQUAL Managing Director Chris Broadbent said: “Many congratulations to all of the winners as well as to those shortlisted. These awards are a well-deserved celebration of the commitment that project teams have to improving and championing sustainability in civil engineering and of their pride in making a tangible difference. All of these projects are vital drivers of innovation in materials, procedures and engagement, which are achieving more sustainable outcomes and delivering greater value for people, places, economies and the environment.”

The Company had two projects nominated at this year’s awards, with Ravenhead HWRC in St Helens, also constructed for client MRWA, shortlisted in the Ecology and Biodiversity category.

CHC Contracts Manager, Mike Goodier, CHC Environmental Manager, Gemma Fenn and MRWA Facilities and Environmental Manager, Tony Byers with President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Professor Tim Broyd.

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