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Royal Charter Award for Excellence in Construction

2018 Award Winner

Crossrail (soon to be known as the Elizabeth Line) was the winner of the Award in 2018.

At the Dinner, the Master said “We recognise Crossrail as the most outstanding engineering project of its time, a major contribution to the infrastructure of the transport network to the Capital and The Country as a whole, making life-changing improvements to communications in the region, and are pleased to confer upon them the Royal Charter Award for Excellence in Construction this 14th day of February 2018″

Sir Terry Morgan accepted the award on behalf of the Crossrail team, and also gave a keynote speech to the members and guests in which he lauded innovation and emphasised that it was through innovation that the project had delivered so successfully.

2016 Award Winner

During the storms of early February 2014, the railway line between Exeter and Plymouth was washed into the sea at Dawlish.  This is the only rail line connecting South Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country, and the loss represented a serious economic threat to the region.  Network Rail staff were at the site within minutes of the first reports of damage, and in some cases assisted the emergency services in evacuating homes.  In the longer term, significant numbers of staff subsequently relocated to a temporary base in Dawlish for weeks or months.  Their task was to reinstate the rail service and repair not only the main breach, but also the many other points of damage along the seafront line.  In addition to the main breach, Network Rail’s integrated plan ensured the completion of works to the station, the sea wall, the signalling and the public walkway.  The fact that COBRA took a close interest in the progress indicates how serious the situation was.  The photograph on the left shows Robbie Burns and Dr Mike Simpson of Network Rail receiving the award from the Master of the Worshipful Company of Constructors, Graeme Monteith.

Some weeks after work commenced, a landslip was identified further along the track, with around 20,000 tonnes of earth balanced precariously above the line – the biggest single landslip in the history of this railway.  Despite this the line was completed and reopened on the morning of April 4th, 52 days after the initial damage.  The Prime Minister was amongst hundreds who celebrated this moment at the station.  The works had required 500 tonnes of steel and 5,000 tonnes of cement at the main breach.  The repairs cost around £15M for the main breach plus another £20M for other works.

2014 Award Winner

A proactive initiative aimed at improving the image of the construction industry throughout the United Kingdom was awarded a Royal Charter Award for Excellence in Construction by the Worshipful Company of Constructors.  The Considerate Constructors Scheme, which was launched in 1997, has been awarded the prestigious accolade for demonstrating outstanding performance within the construction industry.

Building sites and construction organisations of all types and size register with the Scheme to demonstrate their commitment to considerate practice. Members of the Scheme agree to adhere to the Code of Considerate Practice and have their performance monitored, and today over 74,000 sites have signed up.

The Olympic Park, Crossrail, The Shard, Media City in Manchester and the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village in Scotland are just a few of the most recent well-known UK sites to have signed up to the Scheme since 1997.

Commenting on being awarded the Royal Charter Award, Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Scheme said “This is a fantastic accolade of which we are very proud.  The industry has demonstrated unwavering support for the Scheme, even through the recent recession.  Ever increasing registration numbers show that sites and companies gain tangible benefit from being registered including better relations with surrounding communities and having a recognised hallmark for their commitment to high standards”.

Alan Longhurst, Master of the Worshipful Company of Constructors, commented “The Considerate Constructors Scheme has made an outstanding contribution towards developing communities, improving site welfare and protecting the environment for the many hundreds of sites that have signed up to the Scheme.  The Scheme has become integral to the UK construction industry and a recognised champion for the promotion of best practice across sites and companies of all sizes. They are a credit to the industry”.

2012 Award Winner

In 2012 the first Royal Charter Award for Excellence awarded by the Worshipful Company of Constructors was awarded to Howard Shipley, Delivery Director of the 2012 Olympic project, a wide-ranging and complex project which was completed on time and to budget, thereby allowing the London Olympics to take place and be a showpiece for the UK.

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