WORKERS building a new £7.5m engineering centre for Kirklees College have been highly commended for taking “exceptional measures” in respecting the community.
The team was praised by assessors from the Considerate Constructors Scheme, who visited the site at St Andrew’s Road in Huddersfield (pictured above).
Contractor GMI received particular praise for its efforts in being a responsible constructor and a good neighbour in the area.
Initiatives such as controlled working hours to reduce noise and inconvenience, clear communications and a good relationship with local trainee schemes helped Leeds-based GMI gain full marks in two of the eight sections of the Site Code of Considerate Practice.
GMI is also working with Kirklees College to provide activities for students and the local community – including giving construction students the chance to tour the site to find out how – once qualified – their skills may be used on multi-million pound projects.
Students from the college have also entered into a design competition to create artwork for the gates and provides designs for areas in the building – initiatives being delivered by architects KKP.
And GMI is sponsoring the engineering and motor vehicle categories at the college’s annual awards.
Andrew Schofield, contracts manager for GMI, said: “The team are thrilled with the CCS assessor’s comments and the overall score as it shows that a full commitment to the scheme can result in value and benefit to all involved on a project of this scale.”