Prison construction care wins gold

Andy McColl accepts the Gold Award from Archie Ferguson, Chairman of the Scottish Construction Licensing Executive
Andy McColl accepts the Gold Award from Archie Ferguson, Chairman of the Scottish Construction Licensing Executive

Skanska UK plc have won a prestigious Gold Award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2014 National Site Awards.

The annual awards, run by the Scheme, recognise the highest levels of consideration and care shown by construction sites throughout the UK towards their local neighbourhood, the general public, their workforce and the environment.

Skanska UK plc are the contractors responsible for building and landscaping the new community prison to replace two Victorian prisons at Peterhead.

Only 90 UK sites achieved the gold standard this year from over 8500, making this site’s achievement particularly significant.

Features from the site’s exceptional performance as noted by the visiting Scheme Monitor included many goodwill gestures for the community, too numerous to list.

These gestures together with a first-class communications programme, created a highly positive local profile with a real spirit of co-operation.

The drive to employ local labour and contractors including unemployed people was exceptional and the project has left a real and lasting legacy in the area.

The waste management procedures in place not only brought a major reduction of waste to landfill, but also a huge reduction in vehicle journeys required.

First class workforce facilities were supported by a high regard for both occupational and general health and well being.

The project has also been actively promoting careers in the industry with numerous visits from colleges in the area and a high level of involvement with the students.

The award was presented by Archie Ferguson, Chairman of the Scottish Construction Licensing Executive, to Andy McColl of Skanska Ltd.

Commenting on the win, Chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, David Watson, said: “All award-winning sites have proven their commitment to considerate construction and continue to set ever higher standards.

“On behalf of the Scheme, I would like to congratulate this site and thank them for their hard work and dedication towards improving the image of construction.”