19 March 2012,

Considerate Sewell Bags Two National Awards

Sewell Group's commitment to the workforce, neighbours and the environment were recognised at a national awards ceremony yesterday.

The prestigious considerate Constructors Awards, which identify national excellence in the construction industry, handed out gongs for the 'under construction' Bransholme Health Centre and the recently opened Wilberforce Health Centre, based in Hull city centre.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards are only given to the highest scoring 7.5% of sites registered across the UK, and only a handful of winners achieve a Gold standard; Bransholme Health Centre was recognised as one of the exceptional few. Sean Henderson, Project Manager said:

"We're delighted to have achieved Gold standard and the seal of approval from Considerate Constructors. We've worked hard to form relationships with the local community and do the best by our workforce and the environment. The health centre will provide great facilities and services for local people once it's opened, but we're keen to be a good neighbour whilst constructing the centre and be a great company to work for and with. It's great that our efforts up to this point have been recognised and we'll continue to do so through the final stages of the build."

Mark Dodgson, Project Manager for Wilberforce Health Centre also spoke of his delight on receiving a Silver standard, after the development was already recognised with a Gold standard at the 2011 awards:

"To come back here and pick up a second award for Wilberforce Health Centre is fantastic. We did our upmost to involve local businesses and residents throughout the build, we also worked hard to use local labour and suppliers where possible and as a result over 90% of the workers on site were from a HU postcode, pumping more than £30m back into the local economy, that's something we're extremely proud of."

The judges' views were echoed by Citycare, who are responsible for delivering the two schemes as part of NHS Hull's Local Improvement Finance Initiative (LIFT). Chief Executive Jo Barnes said:

"I'd like to congratulate Sewell and in particular the project managers and their site teams on what is an excellent accolade in the construction world. Both awards are very well deserved. It's important that whilst working on these big regeneration projects in the city that consideration is paid to local people through effective community engagement, to the local economy through utilising local labour and supplies, and to the environment. Sewell Group goes that extra mile to acknowledge and deliver on these factors and I'm pleased to see this is being recognised on a national scale."

Steve Gibson, Sewell Group's director of construction, said:

"The award is recognition of the culture that we have put in place throughout the Group, it's easy to talk about doing the right thing, but at Sewell we deliver on our promises, and these awards recognise exactly that."

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