Sewell Group's high standing in the construction world has been underlined with a prestigious national accolade for work it is delivering as part of Hull's Local Improvement Finance Trust overseen by Citycare.
The multi-discipline group has earned a Gold Award in the Considerate Constructors Scheme's 2011 National Site Awards for its approach on the £16.5m Wilberforce Health Centre in the city centre of Hull.
The awards, which recognise a construction site's excellent standards of consideration towards the workforce, their neighbours and the environment, are typically only handed out to the largest national and international contractors.
Only a handful of the 640 winners this year will achieve Gold standard and the awards are given to only the highest scoring 7.5 per cent of eligible sites. The awards are judged by a completely independent panel.
The news is the latest in a number of high-profile plaudits for Sewell Group, a Times Top 100 company for three years running.
Sewell Group project manager Mark Dodgson said: "We're delighted to have achieved Gold standard. These awards do not just come out of the blue but are the result of a lot of hard work, attention to detail and a strong commitment to reach and maintain the highest possible standards on site.
"What makes these awards so special is that it is the independent panel that decides whether we have achieved the necessary standards and what level of award we should receive. They have recognised that we have made an outstanding effort to reach the highest of standards of consideration towards our people, the site's neighbours and the environment."
The judges' view is echoed by neighbours of the Story Street site Andy and June Greensmith, of Greensmith's Stationers. Andy Greensmith said: "We have been incredibly impressed with the lengths that the Sewell Group has gone to in order to ensure that we are happy.
"Given that this is a city centre development, and there was potential for major disruption to our business and the lives of all those that live, work or operate businesses in the immediate vicinity, I would have to say that Sewell Group have made a major effort in order to keep any impact to a minimum.
"We didn't imagine that a contractor could be as considerate as Sewell Group has been. Given the scale of the development their way of working is extraordinary."
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 is incredible to be awarded Gold standard as these awards are usually the domain of major national and international companies with much higher profiles than ourselves. The Gold award is a sign of the progress that we are making and the hard work and efforts of all of our people.
"This is another seal of approval and sits well alongside our status as a Times Top 100 company. Not only are we recognised as a great company to work for but also to deal with and that is very important to anyone that comes into contact with us. We aim to be recognised as a world class company, based in Hull, and I am delighted that our efforts are being recognised widely. We have a lot to be proud of."
Around 8,500 sites were eligible to win Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards. Selection is based on points given by the Scheme's monitor, and verified against national marking averages, and only after approval from a contractor's client.
About 311 people will have worked on the construction of the Wilberforce Health Centre by the time the doors are open to patients. The centre is the tenth to be developed by Citycare as part of Hull's NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (Lift) programme.
This is the fourth Considerate Constructors accolade awarded to Sewell Group.
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