Woodhead’s ‘Making Building a Better Experience for All’ campaign was named Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year at this year’s National Federation of Builders (NFB) Awards.
The awards, which celebrate the year’s stand-out construction stories from across the country, also saw the firm scoop two further commendations.
The Making Building a Better Experience for All campaign covers a range of initiatives run by Woodhead that have a positive social impact on the communities they serve. From charity drives to its employment and training schemes, community involvement projects and commitment to sourcing materials and labour as locally as possible, the campaign showed the firm’s commitment to its corporate social responsibility.
Glenn Slater, Business Development Director at Woodhead, said:
“Our commitment is not just to the building projects themselves, but the communities we are working in. We know we have the opportunity as a local SME to deliver social environmental and economic value on the projects we deliver. I believe our work over the past year has shown that.
“I would like to thank our employees, clients and supply chain for helping us to make building a better experience for all.”
The Nottinghamshire-based company was also highly commended for its Commitment to Collaborative Working in partnership with Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council.
The £2.85m project, which was procured through regional procurement consortium, Efficiency East Midlands, was the first phase in the city’s Building a Better Nottingham scheme.
Building 26 homes, across four sites, over the course of a year, Woodhead delivered its project on budget and with a number of homes completed weeks ahead of target. They were nationally commended by the Considerate Constructors Scheme for one particular site, while achieving high scores across the board for the remaining three.
Steve Hale, Director of Property Services at Nottingham City Homes, said:
“It is a great achievement to have been commended for our commitment to collaborative working alongside Woodhead.
“Together we delivered a scheme to be proud of, helping to transform communities, creating sustainable lifetime homes and giving tenants properties that are cheaper to run, secure, warm and modern.”
Woodhead’s specialist team, Woodhead Heritage, was also highly commended for its re-interpretation project for English Heritage at Bolsover Castle.
The team completed the reinstatement of historic crenellation to the wall walk, including newly designed and erected metal balustrades and handrails. This work alone has given visitors access around the walls to the Fountain Garden for the first time in hundreds of years. Work included:
- The installation of phosphor bronze bars between crenels to match up with the existing 400 year old walls
- Capping and high level consolidation to the terrace range
- Creating an 120 metre stone wall along Dukes Drive
- Re-opening and refitting the blocked up doors to the Little Castle’s Marble and Elysium Closets
- Gilding decorative ball finials on both balconies
- Refinishing rooms in lime plaster, and re-decorating using traditional distemper casein paint.
Amy Saunders, English Heritage Project Manager said:
“We are delighted that the team at Woodhead Heritage has been recognised in this way for their work on Bolsover Castle. The project which launched earlier this year to magnificent feedback, has safeguarded and enhanced the future of the Castle as a key visitor attraction and in turn will help boost the local tourism economy.”
Dominic Littlewood, television presenter and consumer affairs specialist who presented the awards, told the audience:
“I would like to add my own personal congratulations to each and every one of you. Being shortlisted in an awards scheme such as this is testament to the hard work and commitment you demonstrate every day, well done.”