Goods Yard, Stoke-on-Trent

Bowmer + Kirkland Ltd

Construction Project Overview

This project centres on the demolition of existing structures in Staffordshire and the subsequent construction of a large residential building with 176 apartments, private amenities, and retail/leisure space. Alongside this, a flexible commercial workspace is being built above a retained, locally listed basement. This basement will be converted into a food hall and events space. Further refurbishment includes transforming the existing Signal Box building into flexible space, and public realm / pedestrian access along a canal. Bowmer & Kirkland has been awarded a Considerate Constructors Scheme Gold National Site Award for the incredible standards upheld during the project in 2023. The on-site team has exemplified excellence throughout their 2023 work, prioritising high standards and dedication to the Scheme’s values.

Project Highlights

The site team’s focus on superior quality has been clear in their commitment to high standards over 2023, upholding scheme values, and achieving excellent scores across environment, community, and workforce objectives. They maintained a positive and enthusiastic approach to delivering optimal results.

Innovations & Best Practices

The site team also championed excellence by implementing 1 CCS-approved innovation and 1 best practice on-site. The team successfully trialled an innovative AMPD Battery Generator which replaced two diesel generators, significantly reducing carbon emissions. Additionally, the contractor proactively developed a best practice Net Zero Carbon Roadmap to chart its course towards achieving Net Zero Carbon across all its construction sites, including this one.

Respecting the Community

The site championed positive community engagement and strove to present the construction industry favourably. The team actively supported local charities and showcased construction as a viable career path. Clear communication with residents and stakeholders was prioritised through various methods. To maintain a presentable site, robust processes were employed to limit disruption. Efforts to give back to the community were guided by a comprehensive Social Value Plan and included initiatives like supporting the Stoke Regeneration Brainery and the Hubb Foundation charity.

Caring for the Environment

High environmental standards were promoted and implemented across the site. These were clearly communicated to the workforce, visitors, and the community. Fully accredited environmental management procedures were followed, supported by a carbon reduction and NetZero plan. The site put proactive initiatives in place to preserve and enhance the local environment, such as rainwater harvesting, renewable energy use, and a landscaped section with trees and planters.

Valuing the Workforce

The site team also took exceptional care of staff health and wellbeing through comprehensive policies and programmes. Safety received strong emphasis and the welfare of both direct and sub-contract workers was prioritised, with robust support procedures in place. A proactive approach to staff training and upskilling existed, including the use of e-learning and participation in initiatives like Women In Construction. The team promoted workforce equality, inclusion, and diversity ensuring that all staff felt engaged, supported, and respected.

Congratulations to the team for these outstanding performance levels.

Award Level

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