On May 23rd 2014 at the 26th Considerate Contractor Award Ceremony, held in Plaisterers’ Hall, General Demolition received for the 5th time the prestigious Considerate Contractor Gold Award, this time achieving a coveted Highly Recommended Gold Award for their demolition works to enable the construction of a new luxury hotel at Garlick Hill. The award was presented by the Lord Mayor and received by James Mckeown Project Manager of the Garlick Hill site along with site Foreman Thomas Ward.
The Considerate Contractor Scheme was innovated by the City of London in 1987. The idea behind the scheme is to encourage building and civil engineering contractors who are working within the City to at all times work in a safe and considerate manner, always being aware of passing pedestrians and road users. To win the award the code of good practice must be followed by all contractors undertaking building and civil engineering in the City of London.
This meant that the Garlick Hill site not only had to complete the task of demolition but it also had to follow stringently all the rules laid down by the CCS. Regular visits and audits were conducted throughout the job with members of the CCS board visiting the site to asses it thoroughly and talk extensively to the surrounding companies to see how the job had been conducted and if everyone was happy.
Neighbouring buildings and companies consisted of St. James Garlickhythe Church; the London Chamber of Commerce; Solicitors; the Leather Sellers Guild and a Health Care company. When approached all confirmed they were extremely pleased with how the job had been conducted by General Demolition. A strong contribution to this was communication. Project Manager James Mckeown held fortnightly meetings with the neighbouring buildings, keeping everyone informed with the progress of the demolition. “People don’t mind so much as long as they know what’s going on, the key was communication and liaison.” says James McKeown.
When the surrounding neighbours had deliveries and rubbish collections, due to access to the site being very restricted, the team had to make sure that they made allowances themselves so that access would be priority for these deliveries. Coupled with this, when the Health Care company held a charity event, James and the men were there to support them.
In between meetings and schedules for coming demolitions we asked James to let us know how he felt about this award. “As a company we have maintained this standard of work over the past 10 years so I’m pleased with the award as it shows the effort and hard work put in to running these sites really pays off and it’s certainly nice to be recognised for that. It’s also good for moral as the recognition spurs the team on having achieved something together, it really is quite prestigious to win an award like this.”
Friday saw the reward of their 5 months of hard dedicated work pay off but now it’s back to work for General Demolition, James and his team, so hard hats back on for another productive year.