Kier Construction London Safety Award

27th April 2017

London-based demolition contractor, Clifford Devlin, beat off stiff competition to win Kier Construction London’s Supply Chain Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE) Award for Q4 2016. The award, which was presented to Operations Director Les Rose, in January 2017 acknowledges the extra-mile the contactor has gone to maintain safety and environmental performance during a complex project at Gutter Lane in the City of London. 

The £700k enabling works package has involved demolition and structural alterations to Abacus House, a 7-storey office block situated near St Pauls. The project has included removal of a full height reinforced concrete shear wall, forming of substantial openings in concrete floors and remodelling of the structure.

“I am particularly pleased that a contractor engaged in one of the more high-risk construction disciplines has won this award,” said Cliff Thomas Managing Director at Kier Construction London, “It demonstrates that careful planning and detailed procedures, if communicated and implemented correctly, can lead to good outcomes regardless of the level of risk involved.”

Over 350 subcontractors that work for Kier Construction London are eligible for the quarterly SHE award which is nominated by Kier’s site teams. The Contracts Manager at Gutter Lane, John Gribbin, explains why he put Clifford Devlin forward for the award:
“Clifford Devlin’s work has been well planned and organised throughout and we have been particularly impressed by their proactive approach to the challenges encountered.  The demolition package included extensive temporary works which Clifford Devlin designed and sequenced to take account of access and escape routes.  Clifford Devlin have been ensured that all other trades were kept informed of their activities and have re-sequenced where necessary to minimise disruption” 

John continued: “The building is situated in the heart of the City of London and noise restrictions are naturally in place. Occupants of neighbouring properties have requested us to be quiet even in the allowed 2-hour noisy periods. Clifford Devlin has worked with us to accommodate these requests wherever possible and have shown great flexibility; they have been a pleasure to work with.”

The enabling works are due to be completed in April 2017.

Clifford Devlin is also currently providing enabling works for Kier Construction London to facilitate the £35m redevelopment of Parnell House which is opposite Victoria Station. The project was notable for the safe removal of a 350mm thick, post-tensioned concrete roof slab. Click to view a case study of the Parnell House project. 

Commitment to health & safety is a fundamental issue and a core value which is central to Clifford Devlin’s philosophy and success. The company operates an occupational health & safety management system which has been continuously certificated against International Standard OHSAS 18001 since 2007. In May 2017 the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awarded Clifford Devlin a Gold Award (the highest achievable) for its sustained performance in health & safety. This is the seventh Gold Award the company has been awarded in the last 8 years.