SOUTHERN Water’s construction sites at Ovingdean and Peacehaven have been awarded silver prizes at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2011 National Site Awards.
The sites were chosen from approximately 8,500 eligible sites at a prestigious awards event held in London on Wed April 6.
Ovingdean and Peacehaven are part of the company’s £300m sewage plant being built in Peacehaven, which the company says will bring cleaner seas to Sussex.
The awards are only given to the highest scoring 7.5 per cent of sites in the Considerate Constructors Scheme and recognise sites’ excellent stands of consideration towards work force, neighbours and the environment.
Minister for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk said: “The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a great example of a major industry taking voluntary action to drive good practice.
“The standards set by the scheme for neighbourliness, cleanliness and environmental care, and their adoption by construction businesses, all contribute to a positive image of the industry at a community level.”
Southern Water project manager Ben Green who accepted the award alongside contractor 4Delivery, said: “These awards are real recognition of the hard work of both ourselves and 4Delivery in not only ensuring minimal disruption to the public and ensuring we have sites where everyone goes home safely at the end of the day, but also looking at innovative ways of preventing waste from construction activities going to landfill.”
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is an independent body that aims to improve the image of construction.
It judges a range of factors associated with the site and the way it is managed by the company and contractors including how clean, safe and environmentally responsible it is, whether it is respectful and considerate to its neighbours and how responsible and accountable it is.
The main contractor on the project is 4Delivery, a consortium of Costain, Veolia Water and MWH.
4Delivery is carrying out a programme of environmental improvement and water quality schemes for Southern Water until 2015.
The improvements are taking place across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
For more information about the Cleaner Seas for Sussex project visit www.southernwater.co.uk/cleanerseas.