The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is celebrating an incredible haul of honours at this year’s Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Awards ceremonies.
NGN distributes gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses to cities and towns including Newcastle, Darlington, Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Hull, York and Carlisle. It also provides the region’s rapid response team when a smell of gas is reported.
NGN Construction Services* and Major Projects teams collected 47 gold, silver and bronze awards** between March 21 – March 23 for sites across the North East, Northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire.
NGN was the first UK gas distribution network to join the CCS three years ago and recently celebrated the registration of its 100th CCS site.
Winning the prestigious gold awards were gas mains replacement sites Bentley Avenue in Lepton, Fulbeck Road in Middlesbrough, Castlegate Penrith, Ellwell Avenue Beverley, The Dales in Cottingham and Sigston Road in Hull.
Major Projects collected four gold awards for gas holder removal sites at Ayres Quay, Sunderland, Howdon in Wallsend and Meadow Lane in Leeds, with a pressure reduction station site in Ganstead, East Riding also sweeping to gold.
The Ayres Quay site was also named a Most Considerate Site Runner-up, meaning it will now be judged against 29 other national sites, six of which will be named Most Considerate Site under £500,000.
Thirty-two gas mains replacement sites across Yorkshire and the North East collected silver awards including high-profile schemes such as Wakefield Road in Huddersfield and Skipton Road in Ilkley.
Securing bronze were gas mains replacement projects at Ingleby Moor Crescent in Darlington, Nevilles Cross Bank in Durham, Horbury Road in Wakefield, Cottingham Road Hull and a pressure reduction station upgrade at Low Thornley in Gateshead.
Since 1999, the CCS has been rewarding the UK’s most considerate sites for the contribution they have made towards improving the image of construction.
It looks at the measures a site has put in place to be more considerate towards local neighbourhoods and the public, the workforce and the environment.
All NGN projects scheduled to take more than six weeks to complete are registered with the CCS and NGN is now rolling out CCS principles to all sites, including Emergency & Repair and Connections projects.
This year’s accolades for NGN are even more special when considering the competition, which includes construction giants Balfour Beatty, Kier Construction and Laing O’Rourke.
Dean Shepherdson, Head of Construction Services for Northern Gas Networks said: “This incredible number of awards is testament to the hard work of our teams, who strive to make sure all our sites observe CCS best practice in terms of appearance, protecting the environment, safety, valuing the workforce and respect for neighbouring communities.
“As the first gas distribution network to sign up to the CCS, this achievement shows the commitment NGN has made towards ensuring our works have minimal impact on communities and that we’re delivering the best experience we can for our customers and our engineers. I’m incredibly proud of all our colleagues who have worked so hard to produce such excellence.”
NGN is dedicated to maintaining its high standards on site, both for its customers and contractors. The company is constantly monitoring best practice and in doing so, regularly improving its processes and site efficiency.
Anyone that smells gas or suspects Carbon Monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
*Construction Services are responsible for the ongoing gas mains replacement programme, where ageing metal gas mains are replaced with new, more durable plastic pipes to ensure the safe continued and reliable supply of gas to customers for years to come.
** Full list of winners:
- Bentley Avenue Lepton
- Fulbeck Road Middlesbrough
- Castlegate Penrith
- Ellwell Avenue Beverley
- The Dales Cottingham
- Sigston Road Hull
- Ayres Quay gas holder Sunderland (Most Considerate Runner-up)
- Ganstead PRE Hull
- Howdon gas holder Wallsend
- Meadow Lane gas holder Leeds
- Grove Lane Ripon
- St Nicholas Drive Hornsea
- Armitage Road, Armitage Bridge Huddersfield
- Temple Park Green Leeds
- Main Street Shadwell
- Marton Avenue Pontefract
- Skipton Road Ilkley
- Crossfield Lane Doncaster
- Cartmel Road Redcar
- West Busk Lane Otley
- Wakefield Road Huddersfield
- Grange Park Road Ripon
- Lightridge Road Fixby
- Brierclife Scarborough
- Griffe Head Road Wyke
- Huddersfield Road Elland
- Holmfield Road Sutton in Craven
- John William Street Huddersfield
- High Street Norton
- Springfields Knottingley
- West Royd Drive Shipley
- Macaulay Road Hartlepool
- Holmdene Drive Mirfield
- Keighley Road Bradley
- Leeds Road Rothwell
- Painthorpe Lane Wakefield
- Harringay Crescent Darlington
- Gilstead Lane Bingley
- Willow Rise Tadcaster
- Mountbatten Avenue
- Sunningdale Allerton
- Horbury Road Wakefield
- Ingleby Moor Crescent Darlington
- Horbury Road Wakefield
- Nevilles Cross Bank Durham
- Cottingham Road Hull
- Low Thornley AGI Gateshead