23.05.2017

NWCH Project Wins RICS Community Benefit Award

Crewe Lifestyle Centre, procured via the NWCH, has been recognised at the RICS awards 2017, winning the Community Benefit category against some strong competition. The award recognises excellent achievement in providing a facility, which directly benefits the local community being demonstrated through local community feedback.

Collaborative working between Cheshire East Council , NWCH and construction partner Kier  ensured that the project delivered aims as part of the Council’s ‘Sustainable Community Strategy’. The hub located in the town centre provides modern and inclusive leisure, library, family and adult social care provision and community facilities, enabling residents of all ages and backgrounds to participate in active recreation. It breaks down social barriers, enhances the lives of the most vulnerable in society and enables residents to live healthier lives for longer.

Additionally, a number of excellent social value outcomes were achieved throughout the construction of the facility. These included:
• 8 new and sustained apprentices were employed on the site.
• Two ‘Meet the Buyer’ events were held to help local sub-contractors become involved with the project
• 84.3% of the labour force lived within 30 miles of site
• Several site tours were given throughout construction to a number of groups including end users, staff, students from a local high school and college and local charities
• The local Autism Networks charity benefitted through volunteer work from the site team. They helped open their training room and cyber café by assisting with plastering and painting walls.

Other successes at the RICS Awards 2017 for NWCH projects included:
• St Cuthberts, Kentmere, commissioned by Liverpool City Council and constructed by Morgan Sindall, was highly commended in the Building Conservation category.
• Dean Trust Ardwick School, Manchester, commissioned by Manchester City Council and constructed by Laing O’Rourke, was highly commended in the Design through innovation category.

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