It’s a sterling silver award for primary project

The team behind the £3.7 million St James CE Primary School project in Manchester has been recognised with a silver award at the National Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) awards.

The project, procured through the NWCH for Manchester City Council, saw Framework Partner, ISG, build a modular extension over 17 weeks ahead of the September 2018 school intake.

Delivering seven new classrooms, a sports hall and studio, as well as associated ancillary rooms, the project was one of eight delivered in a 57-week period as part of a wider schools programme.

The team excelled in terms of social value, delivering school assemblies, running drawing competitions and working with local charities and community groups. The wider project also saw fund sessions seeded with Enabling Enterprise, providing training and challenge days to bring the skills required in the workplace to life. In total, 97 teachers and 1,965 students from across six different schools in Manchester were supported as part of the programme.

On completion the Principal, Rhian Williams, wrote to us to say: “Working with ISG on our building project has been fantastic. The build is fantastic and the communication and support from the team has been brilliant. Throughout this journey ISG have kept us fully updated along the way, and when we had any concerns or worries they were there to put our mind at rest. The whole experience has been incredibly positive, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Dean Cavanagh, Project Manager, Capital Programmes and Procurement, Manchester City Council, adds: “From the outset the team went that extra mile to ensure the needs of the school were their number one priority, delivering on enhancements that the school was not expecting, from refurbishing the outside pavilion to supplying additional temporary containers for the school’s equipment… I am very pleased that ISG and the site team have achieved an award with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.”

The Considerate Constructors Scheme judges were incredibly impressed with the engagement with both the school and the local community: “Site managers attend monthly assemblies and award prizes for the monthly poster competition. Neighbours were initially provided with well-produced newsletters and there is a community information board on the site perimeter. There is a CSR (corporate social responsibility) plan for the site and there has been an exceptional degree of engagement. College / university students have visited the site, work experience has been provided, food and clothing are collected for charity and cash donations have also been made… The site is performing very well in all areas of the Code of Considerate Practice.”

The team scored 42/50 on its only Considerate Constructors Scheme visit and was awarded silver at the Considerate Constructors Scheme awards in Manchester late last month.

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