Apsley Site Team Scooped Silver Award

Well done to the Osborne Team who worked on a scheme at Apsley in Hertfordshire, as they scooped the silver Considerate Constructors scheme (CCS) Award in London.

Osborne had been working to build a bridge over a railway line, in Apsley in Hertfordshire. The scheme has removed a potential traffic bottleneck on Featherbed Lane. The new bridge and road was carefully planned and designed to ease current congestion, improve safety and provide future capacity for the estate as it becomes populated.

This was a stand out project for Osborne who worked with Bovis Homes to make sure that the community, Health and Safety and the use of the Considerate Constructors Scheme best practice were adhered to in the way they maintained high standards in areas of work force relations, environment and sustainability.

One example of exceptional community relations in this project was that they teamed up with their customer and supply chain partners to construct a play park for a local primary school in Hemel Hempstead. Recycling and reuse was a key theme and the children are collected hundreds of plastic bottles, as Osborne sourced recycled construction materials. The reuse of what are normally classed as waste materials was turned into usable and fun play equipment, demonstrating how sustainability and a commitment to being environmentally friendly was  achieved.

After many years in the pipeline, in February 2018, Osborne opened the project at Apsley.

The road was fully opened to two way traffic with a ribbon cutting and bridge naming ceremony, carried out jointly between representatives from Hertfordshire County Council, Bovis Homes, Osborne and the Local Community.

It was clear from the short ceremony that Jon Millar and his team at Apsley have completed this challenging scheme in the true spirit of Osborne with nothing but praise from the local community for their consideration and pro-active communications at all times.

The Chairman of the residents association, Brian Ayling, said that the Osborne work was “absolutely outstanding” with a particular high point being that we told the residents “what was going to happen before it actually happened.”

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Site Awards recognise those sites registered with the Scheme that have raised the bar for considerate construction.
Since 1998, the Scheme has been rewarding the UK’s most considerate sites for the contribution they have made towards improving the image of construction.

The Scheme 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.