The Environment Agency’s Health, Safety and Environmental Exemplar Award is made annually to a maximum of one project, and if no project is deemed suitable the award is not made; as such, it is extremely difficult to secure.
The award-winning scheme, the £18m Steart Peninsular project, is situated next to the Severn Estuary on the Steart Peninsular. The project comprises the construction of a major wetland habitat area and associated flood defences, as part of the Environment Agency’s overall environmental offset scheme for other estuary works.
Gary Haley, from the Environment Agency construction SHE team, said: “The consistently high safety, health and environmental standards the project team has shown while dealing with so many constraints made this project stand out and deserve this award.”
Philip Ramsay, Team Van Oord national framework manager, said: “This award is testament to a highly collaborative project team which includes representatives from the Environment Agency, Halcrow, Team Van Oord, World Wildlife Trust and our supply chain, in particular Kelston Sparkes who delivered the earthworks on our behalf.
“The team has delivered the project through some very challenging conditions, while at the same time accommodating the needs of key stakeholders and interested parties, and managing significant ecological and archaeological constraints.”
In 2012, the Steart Peninsular scheme was named an ‘exceptionally good site’ by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).
The CCS assessor said: “ The whole Team Van Oord team is clearly committed to the CCS Code of Conduct and the score achieved truly reflects that.
“It is pleasing to note that the client (Environment Agency) is so involved with their project and is clearly determined to bring an overall benefit to the local community.”
7 October 2013