A major homes refurbishment project carried out by regeneration specialist Lovell at Coventry’s Manor Farm estate has received a national accolade for considerate construction.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme has presented a Bronze National Site Award to the Lovell team recognising their community-centred delivery of Whitefriars Housing’s large-scale homes improvement project. The year-long construction programme, which will be completed this summer, has transformed 300 estate homes with new external wall insulation, windows, doors and flat roofs.
The Manor Farm refurbishment programme was one of only 816 construction projects out of more than 6,500 registered with the national Considerate Constructors Scheme to achieve an award – one of the industry’s most-respected accolades – in 2018. The National Site Awards recognise construction projects which show the highest levels of consideration to the public, the workforce and the environment.
Lovell regional refurbishment director Carl Yale says:
“Putting local people and the community at the heart of the major homes improvement programme at Manor Farm has been key to our approach throughout and an important factor in the project’s success. I’m extremely pleased that our team’s focus on involving and working with local residents and our partners at Whitefriars has been recognised by this National Site Award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.”
The Scheme assessors praised the scheme as ‘an excellent site with regards to all aspects of considerate construction’, highlighting the work by the site team to engage with estate residents. This included establishing a garden tool loan club, which gives access to free gardening equipment to estate households and initiatives with schools, including visits to the scheme by students. As part of its commitment to protecting the environment, Lovell also provided residents with water-saving kits. More than 99 per cent of construction waste on site was recycled, including surplus pallets and timber being donated to a local recycling company. The project also provided training opportunities for people locally, including work experience placements for apprentices and school students.
Considerate Constructors Scheme chief executive Edward Hardy says:
“The growth of the National Site Awards year-on-year reflects the expansion of the construction industry’s commitment to raise standards in considerate construction across an ever increasing number of sites throughout the UK and Ireland. This year’s award-winning sites have all demonstrated a relentless commitment to help improve the image of our industry.”