Celebrating a decade of good practice in street works

By on 21/12/2009 in News

Set up in 1998, Birmingham's Considerate Contractor Streetworks Scheme is designed to encourage all those working on the Birmingham highway to carry out work in a safe, considerate and consistent manner, with the public at the heart of their decision making.
 
Contractors and utilities that are responsible for carrying out street works volunteer to join the scheme. Those who sign up are expected to follow a code of practice. An important part of that code is to ensure the public are informed and consulted about any potential disruption and congestion caused due to works carried out on the highway.

The success of the scheme is very much dependent on partnership working and the benefits that this brings to the community; the theme of this year's 10th awards ceremony.
 
The awards are an important part of the scheme because they recognises excellence in street works encourage good working practice, help build partnerships and put the customer, the citizens of Birmingham, at the heart of service delivery.

Councillor Len Gregory, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Street Services said: “The success of this scheme is down to the hard work of all the people involved; Birmingham City Council staff, contractors, utilities, members of the public and especially our Lay Assessors who, diligently report on the quality and safety of the works being undertaken on our roads and pavements.

“I believe that the way different partners work together, using their individual and particular skills ensures the work undertaken is of the highest quality and second to none. This means that the people of Birmingham, who deserve the best we can provide, are able to use and rely on our services.

“Working with our partners can only strengthen the service we give and we all come together to undertake this vitally important function. 

“We share a common goal of providing and maintaining a highway network which, supports the growing development of our City and enhances the quality of life in a safe and sustainable way.”

Winners of this year's award ceremony are as follows:

  • Cabinet Member Award 2009 - Winter Highways Maintenance Team
  • Lay Assessor Achievement - Roger Michael, Meena Haynes and Richard Lakin-Inzunza.
  • Lay Assessor of the Year 2009 - Peter Whitehouse
  • Highways Merit Award 2009 - Fitzgerald Contactors Limited
  • Utility Merit Award 2009 - Severn Trent and their DLO
  • Highways Gold Award 2009 - Tarmac National Contracting Ltd
  • Utility Gold Award 2009 - Severn Trent Asset Delivery and their utility Enterprise Plc
  • Special Achievement Award - Steve Jones from Fitzgerald Contactors Limited
  • Special Achievement Award - Birse Civils Limited

Those who sponsored this year's award ceremony include:

  • Amey
  • Tarmac
  • Enterprise
  • Morgan Est
  • Staples Advantage
  • Birse Civils
  • Murphy
  • Fitzgerald
  • Atkins

The Considerate Contractor Streetworks Scheme's 10th Annual Awards Ceremony was held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Broad Street, Birmingham, on Thursday 10th December 2009. Over 400 guests attended the event. 

ENDS

For further information contact Nicky Esquilant, Considerate Contractor Lead Officer or Nazia Arshad, Considerate Contractor Assistant Officer on:  0121 303 7872. Alternatively contact Tammy Palmer, Communications Officer on: 0121 303 7498

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