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Additional Construction Outcomes

Gilbert & Goode were the awarded contractors for this project and in addition to completing the development on time and on budget, the following areas also had positive outcomes;

Working with the Local Community

The site was located in a landlocked position surrounded by homes with one entrance and exit. Therefore the contractors worked with the community to minimise disruption through;

  • Banning the use of radios before windows were fitted and having a dedicated website with a live webcam which allowed progress on site to be monitored.
  • Contractors continually engaging with local residents through delivering monthly newsletters to over 180 homes to keep them updated on progress. Drop in sessions were also advertised and held to answer any queries that the community had.
  • Assisting the local residents association with community fun days

Construction Traffic

The main contractors minimised disturbance through;

  • Arranging temporary contractor parking in the adjacent park.
  • Employing a Logistics Manager who organised deliveries at times that minimised disruption and congestion.
  • Promoting car sharing with sub contractors and organising people-carriers for main contractor’s employees.

Supporting the Local Economy

  • 85% of the workforce and 60% of materials were sourced from the South West, contributing hugely to the local economy
  • Smaller local contractors were supported to gain experience through arranging for them to work alongside national contractors and so they learnt new skills.
  • Local colleges were actively involved and over 200 students developed their skills and learning through visits and course-related experiences during construction and post-completion.

Reduced Construction Waste

  • 89% of 1,880.7m³ produced construction waste diverted from landfill. This was achieved through actively promoting recycling to sub-contractors and having readily accessible skips to facilitate waste segregation.
  • 2000 tonnes of crushed stonework from the previous building formed the new developments foundations and contractors temporary car park.

This work meant that Gilbert & Goode were awarded Gold at the 2012 and 2013 National Considerate Contractors Awards which puts this development  in the top 2.5% of sites nationally.

 

Site demolition meets recycling targets

3048 tonnes of material has been carefully dismantled and sorted as part of the demolition of the original Prince Charles House, with an impressive 90 % being recycled.

“That means only 10 % of the old building will end up in a landfill site, which is a great start for this eco-friendly development,” comments Ocean’s Development Manager, Anthony Bassett. “We have set extremely high sustainability targets for this project, starting with the design of the building, continuing throughout the construction and culminating with a greener lifestyle for our residents.”

All the stone work, foundations and roof tiles were crushed to create 2,000 tonnes of material – that’s the combined weight of 125 lorry loads or the equivalent of 11 blue whales. The recycled wood weighed in at 19 tonnes and the metal came to 10 tonnes. Mike Maynard, Project Manager for Gilpin Demolition, explained how they achieved such high recycling rates:

“We started the job with what we call a ‘soft strip’, that’s removing items such as radiators, light fittings, and timber. We then carefully dismantled the building with a 20 tonne excavator, often removing the smallest amount of material at a time, making it easy to segregate for recycling. For us this is just part of the job, but people are usually pleasantly surprised at how little noise and dust we create. Of course this is especially important when you are working right in the middle of a residential area like Prince Charles Park.”

The development is on track to achieve ‘Excellent’ in the BREEAM Environmental Assessment Method.

“This is the industry recognised method for assessing the sustainability of multi- occupancy buildings and is used to describe how they perform environmentally,” explains Anthony. “We are confident that Prince Charles House will get an ‘Excellent’ score and are aspiring towards BREEAM ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible accreditation.”


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