Health and Safety (CDM) Award

The team behind ECHO 24 lifted the CDM Award for the commitment demonstrated in putting Health and Safety at the forefront of their construction agenda.

Sponsor: APS
Presented by: John Nielsen
Winner: Elliott Projects with Tolent, Echo 24 and Mario Minchella Architects
Project: ECHO 24

The team behind ECHO 24 lifted the CDM Award for the commitment demonstrated in putting Health and Safety at the forefront of their construction agenda.

This leading ECHO 24 development, representing a partnership between Echo Buildings Ltd, Elliott Projects, Tolent Construction and Mario Minchella Architects, was designed to create a landmark building at the entrance to the city of Sunderland.

The site chosen for this ambitious brief was the demolished former Sunderland Echo printing works, once owned by the Edward Thompson Group.

On the banks of the River Wear, ECHO 24 is a residential building comprising 170 apartments spread over 11 floors and boasting spectacular panoramic views of the coastline.

The judges were impressed with the effort undertaken to ensure that this project remained hazard and accident free, as well as truly encompassing the "teamwork" philosophy.

The early appointment of the planning supervisor, Alan Holmes of Elliott Projects, resulted in a strong level of collaboration and communication with all parties involved in the development, including the HSE.

Paul Burton, health and safety manager at Tolent Construction was responsible for ensuring the hierarchy of risk was continually and successfully managed.

In order to effectively control health and safety hazards, Echo Buildings Ltd arranged a full risk assessment of the proposed site. This included commissioning a topographical survey, along with a hazardous material survey and site investigation report.

A traffic management plan was created in collaboration with the city's highways department to ensure operative pedestrian routes and traffic routes remained separate.

Reports were even carried out to determine the safest method of cleaning the windows of a high-rise building of this nature!

John Nielsen, of the Association of Project Safety, said: "In this project the judges were delighted to see evidence of best practice being demonstrated and complied with.

"Not only did the development shine in the Health & Safety stakes but the end result is a truly fantastic building which is an all-round resounding success."

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