Gascoigne West Phase 2

Wates Residential

Construction Project Overview

The Gascoigne West Phase 2 is a regeneration project involving the construction of 5 apartment blocks and 31 timber-framed houses, creating 385 residential units for Be First, the social housing provider for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Wates Residential has been awarded a Gold National Site Award for the incredible standards upheld during the project in 2023. The project team has prioritised considerate construction practices, environmental responsibility, a positive workforce culture and strong community relationships during this period.

Project Highlights

The site team has delivered a well-managed, clean, professional and safe work environment. The project has demonstrated strong community engagement, collaborating with schools, colleges, and charities. Environmental performance and sustainability are actively promoted, including formal carbon tracking and initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint. Robust safety measures are evident. The project’s welfare facilities are also excellent and reflect attention to diversity, while the site management team demonstrates exceptional leadership.

Innovations and Best Practices

The project team has excelled in fostering a best practice and innovation culture at the site. The team introduced CCS-approved innovations and best practice initiatives. Initiatives included best practice Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Awareness Training for the workforce, a best practice “Spotlight on Ramadan” film to promote cultural understanding, and the innovative installation of a Smart Hoist for improved safety and efficiency. To enhance lone worker safety, the team also introduced a MYSOS Safety Lone Working Alarm.

Respecting the Community

The site team has maintained a positive, professional presence throughout the construction process, keeping the public informed through newsletters, noticeboards, and signage. The surrounding area is kept tidy through perimeter inspections, litter picks, and road sweeps. Good housekeeping practices are incentivised, and the project prioritises local labour, apprenticeships, work experience placements, and social value spend. Engagement with local schools and community causes has been a key priority.

Caring for the Environment

The project team has actively communicated its environmental policy to the workforce, sharing targets and achievements through newsletters and noticeboards. Existing trees are protected and monitored, and there’s a focus on waste segregation and a community wood recycling scheme. Carbon footprint reporting is practised with a net zero carbon target. Procedures reduce energy use, machinery is checked for NRMM registration and systems are in place to monitor dust, vibration, and noise. The extensive planned landscaping and Phoenix Park regeneration demonstrate a lasting commitment to the community’s environment.

Valuing the Workforce

Site access has also been carefully controlled, with logistics thoughtfully managed. First aid is well-provisioned, and the workforce is actively engaged in safety briefings. A suggestion box and “You Said, We Did” board ensure worker input. The welfare facilities are also outstanding and inclusive. The project champions healthy living initiatives and has four mental health first aiders within the management team, as well as occupational nurse visits for wellbeing checks.

Congratulations to the team for these outstanding performance levels.

Award Level

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