Forrest has picked up a gold and silver award for two of its projects in an annual ranking of the best managed and most community aware building sites in the country.
The contractor was acknowledged at the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) National Site Awards 2017 for the high standard of its work delivered across sites in Bristol and Barnsley.
The £3.3 million Bristol high rise scheme, for Bristol City Council, picked up the gold award. The project involved external and internal refurbishment of two 1960s communal blocks named Yeamans & Broughton. Works included external wall insulation, district heating system, replacement windows and associated landscaping to bring the blocks up to a modern standard as well as improving energy efficiency and helping to cut bills.
The site achieved high praise for having a clear grasp of the principles of CCS, making the experience for the residents and neighbours a positive one with high levels of community engagement. The team was also recognised for commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment with systems in place and evidence of continuing to drive improvements.
Lamb Lane, the £2.8 million development of affordable homes in Barnsley for Yorkshire Housing, transformed a disused library into 24 new homes. The scheme also received a silver award in recognition of partnering with the community to host events including a street naming competition with pupils from local school St Helen’s Primary Academy. Notable too was the dedication in providing opportunities for apprentices, trainees and work experience, and a company-wide culture of sharing best practice.
Mark Parker, Operations Director at Forrest, said: “To be acknowledged, not only for the delivery of specific schemes but for the ongoing efforts we put into our surrounding communities, environment and workforce, is something we’re extremely proud of and strive for. We’re delighted to celebrate this achievement alongside others who share our passion in improving the image of the industry together.
Established in 1997, CCS was set up to recognise construction sites’ exceptional standards of consideration towards the public, environment and their workforce. From thousands of entries, more than 800 sites have been selected to win Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards this year for projects completed in 2016.