What an honour it is for the M23 J8-10 SMP scheme to be named as a finalist in three separate categories at the 2020/21 National Building and Construction Awards.
Health and Safety is without doubt our first priority every single day. The collaborative approach we have enjoyed with our supply chain has led to the development of numerous safety innovations and has contributed to the last fifteen months of our scheme being RIDDOR free, with over Two Million hours worked without a Lost Time Incident (LTI).
Our entry in the Innovation of the Year category is our Modular Block Retaining Walls which were delivered with our supplier Marshalls CPM. This product only received certification to be used on the strategic road network at the start of our project in 2018, so our team faced plenty of challenges to deliver it, but they rose to the task and now our client Highways England have a product that has delivered benefits across the board, in terms of safety, environmentally, quality, logistically and commercially.
Digital construction can deliver so many benefits to any project, but only if those actually carrying out the work, embrace it and use it regularly. This was at the heart of our entry for the Digital Construction Award and I am personally proud because this wasn’t a digital change made by a consultant or by spending a fortune on a new IT system. Our ‘BIM Station’ was developed by own people, listening to the issues faced by our team and delivering a solution that has seen a marked increase in the daily use of BIM by our teams and our supply chain across the scheme. The ‘BIM Station’ idea is simple in essence and could easily be repeated on any other scheme across the country.
I couldn’t be happier with this industry recognition, as it’s exactly what the people on our amazing M23 J8-10 SMP team deserve, and I look forward to joining with all the other finalists on the awards night to celebrate our wonderful industry.
Paul Baker – Kier Highways Project Director