Jackson has picked up one gold, one silver and two bronze Considerate Constructors awards for projects across the country.
There are over 8000 sites registered with the scheme, which aims to encourage best practice, and improve the image of the construction industry. In 2016, the scheme gave out 173 gold, 293 silver and 430 bronze awards.
Jackson’s Gold award went to the Sandwich Town Tidal Defence Scheme, which was a complex project on the River Stour Estuary involving the creation of 14km of flood walls, a new tidal relief area and a separate flood wall in Sandwich town centre.
The judges commented: “The site team not only managed its environmental obligations to an exceptional level, but took a pro-active approach by engaging the community in protecting the eco-system and creating new habitats. Principal among these was the creation of a new woodland area, helped by schoolchildren planting the saplings. More than 3000 reptiles were transferred to new habitats and the regular publication of achievements in protecting and enhancing the environment supported this community teamwork approach.
On this high-profile public-interest project the site maintained exemplary standards of presentation throughout, with all aspects of appearance helping to promote a positive image of the industry, and contributing to a lasting impression of considerate construction.”
Silver went to Kingsman Farm in Hullbridge, and Bronze went to the Kings Lynn Tidal Revetment project, and the A12-A143 Great Yarmouth Link Road.
Jackson has been shortlisted for four Considerate Constructors National Site Awards.
Sites at Kings Lynn, Hullbridge, Great Yarmouth and Sandwich have all been recognised by the scheme for excelling in five main areas: community, appearance, environment, workforce and safety.
As well as engaging with local schools, the Jackson site teams engaged with the local community. For example, at the Sandwich project, during a tidal surge the site team worked with personnel from Dover District Council and members of the public to fill and distribute over 500 sandbags in a 12 hour shift, thus averting a crisis. It is pertinent to mention that at this point, the flood defences were still under construction. Subsequent tidal surges have proven the success of the completed defences!
The National Site Awards recognise sites that have raised the bar for considerate construction, by looking at the measures a site has put in place to be more considerate towards local neighbourhoods and the public, the workforce, and the environment. The three awards will be presented to the site teams at the end of April.