North Birmingham Academy

Morgan Sindall Construction

Construction Project Overview

The North Birmingham Academy project is a multi-million-pound school extension designed to increase the academy’s capacity to 1,450 students. The new three-storey extension will provide laboratories, specialist science classrooms, offices, and general classrooms, blending seamlessly with the existing building. Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure has been awarded a Considerate Constructors Scheme Gold National Site Award for the incredible standards upheld during the project in 2023. The project team has been committed to delivering high standards throughout its work, with exceptional impacts across the community, the environment and the workforce.

Project Highlights

The project team has prioritised community engagement with ongoing consultations with the local area and extensive school involvement through events and site visits promoting the construction industry. Strong Social Value KPIs were in place and were met. Environmental protection was a focus, including an environmental project outside the boundary with the Groundwork charity. The use of a Reversible Soil Enhancement System minimised dust and mud in temporary areas. The workforce benefited from training opportunities, comprehensive welfare facilities with daily cleaning, a reward scheme for positive interventions, and access to medical MOTs.

Innovations & Best Practices

In addition to achieving excellence across a range of areas, the project team also stood out for its innovative approach by introducing 2 CCS-approved best practices to the site. Firstly, it employed the UK’s first all-electric mixer on-site, saving substantial CO2 emissions compared to traditional diesel mixers. Secondly, it adopted the use of the SUREGROUND™ Reversible Soil Enhancement System, which created several environmental benefits and cost/time-saving benefits, while minimising community impacts by reducing excess dust and mud across the site.>

Respecting the Community

The project team maintained a strong focus on social value with several local initiatives. Contact information was clearly displayed, and the school was kept informed in advance of potentially disruptive work. Disruptions were minimised, lessons learned were shared, and feedback was provided to the workforce. A traffic management plan, including CLOCS requirements, was implemented, and the project actively recruited within the local area.

Caring for the Environment

The project team also demonstrated environmental consciousness through community involvement, such as clearing an adjacent area. Environmental awareness was promoted in inductions and toolbox talks. Registered for BREEAM certification with a Very Good rating, the project collaborated with the Groundwork charity on sustainable initiatives.

Valuing the Workforce

Additionally, the project team stood out for its exceptional approach to workforce welfare and wellbeing. The site fostered a culture of respect, fair treatment, and support and the company offered ongoing personal development plans and conducted frequent checks on the subcontractor workforce. Health and wellbeing were prioritised through campaigns, with visible support resources, comprehensive welfare facilities, and an open-door policy that encouraged workforce feedback. Operatives were rewarded for positive safety interventions, creating a proactive safety environment.

Congratulations to the team for these outstanding performance levels.

Award Level

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