25 April 2010,

Sewell Group Reaches Considerate Constructors Landmark

Members of Sewell Group's construction team have been awarded another impressive accolade receiving an award normally reserved for organisations that build huge, £100m plus, construction projects.

Under an initiative known as 'Considerate Constructors', the company has been given a Bronze rating for the way in which it looks after its people, how the site is set out from an accessibility and safety perspective and how well it works with nearby neighbours who might be affected by its work.

The award is for work done when building the Bilton Grange Health Centre in east Hull - a £4.5m project that was delivered on time and in budget in October 2009.

This afternoon [19 April], a team from Sewell Construction were invited to an awards ceremony at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester to find out how independent judges had rated Bilton Grange Health Centre - a facility that Sewell Group built on behalf of Citycare, Hull's Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) organisation and NHS Hull.

The new facility, constructed under the stewardship of Cavan Gray-Nicholson alongside David Barley, is described as, 'superb' by independent assessors, the NHS, stakeholders and residents who use the new health centre on a day-to-day basis. David Barley, Cavan's deputy on the Bilton Grange scheme, is now a key member of the project team on the £16m Wilberforce Centre, which will be the biggest health centre project delivered so far by Sewell Group as part of the LIFT programme. Work started on site during January.

Bilton Grange Health Centre is the third built by Cavan for Sewell Group who has now won a hat-trick of Considerate Constructor prizes for the company.

Commenting on the award, Steve Gibson, Sewell Group's director of construction, said: "We listen carefully and we deliver what our customers and end user says are important to them. Sometimes this means changing the plan part way through or coming up with new ideas based on feedback - particularly where our nearby neighbours are concerned. The Sewell Group way of doing business is based on delighting people. We always try to do the big things right and the little things very well. We have built some great facilities and my team and I are very proud of what has been delivered so far. I would like to congratulate Cavan and his team on this great achievement."

Jo Barnes, Chief Executive of Hull-based Citycare said: "Sewell Group always goes above and beyond the call of duty at all of their sites. This is a great achievement by a very dedicated workforce and I would like to congratulate Steve, Cavan and the rest of the construction team. Achieving a Bronze award is an incredible accomplishment in Considerate Constructors terms as awards of this nature are normally only given on large-scale projects."

Commenting on the Awards, the Considerate Constructors Scheme's Chief Executive, Edward Hardy, said: "The awards ceremony is the pinnacle Considerate Construction calendar. It is an opportunity to meet the winners and recognise the previous year's outstanding sites, by presenting them with a National Award. I should like to congratulate Sewell Group for its exceptional performance and achievements."

This is the fourth Considerate Constructors award that Sewell Group has won in the last four years. Other sites include: Park Health Centre, St Oswalds School in York and the Freedom Centre on Preston Road, Hull.

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