Midas Construction Ltd were praised for community innovation, whilst embarking upon the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre project in Bridgwater, Somerset.
The centre aims to bring hundreds of jobs to the area by providing 2,400 square metres of flexible office space and meeting rooms, to support the start-up and growth of low-carbon businesses in Somerset and the South West.
Building work on the Innovation Centre aimed to maximise business opportunities from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, by allowing businesses to access national and international energy sectors.
With ecology and the survival of an endangered species of great crested newts integral to the project, the team went over and above good community practice by involving 220 children from Eastover Primary School, in an educational nature film about newts.
This project demanded a great deal of consideration and planning to overcome such obstacles and the site took this issue in their stride and embraced the opportunity to interact with a neighbouring school.
Here are some examples of best practice initiatives carried out by Midas Construction:
The site embraced the opportunity to engage with a local school by developing a character called Charlie Newt and inviting 220 enthusiastic children to participate in an educational nature film made by the site team. This helped younger children to understand more about the nature and wildlife on and around site.
The team sought to help local children with their future careers by engaging with Bridgwater College and inviting some of their students to help build on-site and to learn about the industry. This provided beneficial work experience opportunities to local college students from the Construction Skills Centre.
The site was heavily populated by great crested newts, so a special newt fence was constructed around the land and every inch of the area was hand-inspected to make sure there were no newts on site, before any work could be started.
The Environment Agency assisted the site team in their mission to protect the great crested newts. Midas also employed its own ecology consultant, to continuously monitor the land for the endangered creatures.
Environmental issues were further considered and the site implemented environmentally friendly solar panels, eco-cabins and recycled rainwater.
Recycled benches and bird tables were put in place around the site as a contemplation area for staff.
The contractor has started to utilise the Intelliframe system which is utilised on the non-motorway
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The Hub features examples of construction industry best practice sourced from across the UK and Ireland. It can be used by anyone in the industry including site managers, contractors, suppliers and clients, who are looking to improve their standards of considerate construction.
The Hub is a Considerate Constructors Scheme initiative.
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