The Highways Agency has announced the winners of its supplier recognition scheme.
Costain was a winner in four out of seven categories of the Highways Agency’s annual awards scheme, as well as being highly commended in another.
The Agency’s supplier recognition awards highlight the achievements road contractors which help operate, maintain and improve England’s network of motorways and A-roads. This year’s awards attracted 118 entries.
“This year’s recognition scheme is a strong indication of the steps our suppliers have made in bringing innovation into the workplace,” said Highways Agency chief executive Graham Dalton.
Winners and highly commended
Building and sustaining capability
For suppliers that have developed their employees’ skills and capabilities through delivery of Highways Agency contracts.
Winner: Costain, for its engagement with skills and employment organisations that led to apprentices and young staff being recruited for the M1 junctions 28-31 Smart Motorway scheme
Highly commended: Carillion Civil Engineering
For suppliers demonstrating industry leading commitment to customer service.
Winner: Carillion Civil Engineering, for its work to involve the local community during the A23 Handcross to Warninglid scheme including visits to schools and providing public liaison 24 hours a day.
Winner: Costain, for its proactive engagement with customers, stakeholders and communities during the M1 junctions 28 -31 Smart Motorway scheme.
Highly commended: Mouchel (designer) and Carillion (delivery partner)
Delivering sustainable value and solutions
For suppliers that have integrated environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into the delivery of Highways Agency contracts.
Winner: Interserve Construction, for its work on an ambitious sustainability framework and action plan which goes beyond 2020.
Highly commended: Costain, Sir Robert McAlpine and AW Jenkinson
Safety, health and wellbeing
For suppliers showing industry leading commitment to improving organisational, workforce and road user health and safety.
Winner: A-One+ Integrated Highway Services (Occupational health and wellbeing aspect), for embedding occupational health and wellbeing as a core value and proactively promoting benefits with its road workers.
Winner: Costain (Road Users aspect), for a series of site measures and safety initiatives, including targeting driver behaviour through the use of personal messages from the children of road workers.
Winner: Skanska Construction (Road Workers aspect), for its efforts to improve road worker safety collaboratively including the construction of a simulated motorway for emergency services and workers as part of incident management exercises.
Highly commended: Carnell Group, Hanson Asphalt & Contracting, Colas, Atkins, EM Highway Services
Managing down cost/improving value
For suppliers demonstrating significant achievement by delivering Highways Agency contracts in smarter, more efficient ways.
Winner: Carnell, Group for its work in providing innovative solutions to make savings, including an environmentally friendly way of recycling filter drain material.
Winner: WSP, for its work on the A19 Coast Road which generated construction cost savings and reduced the need to work at height by proposing top down construction of a new bridge.
Winner: Simulation Systems, for developing and deploying a highly effective infra-red CCTV system for a Smart Motorway in just five months, reducing the need for street lighting.
Highly commended: Carillion Civil Engineering, Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Atkins with Simulation Systems and Wavetronix.
Promoting diversity and inclusion
For suppliers that have created opportunities to bring people into the workplace, developed skills and created an environment where differences are valued and utilised.
Winner: EM Highway Services and Recycling Lives, for being involved in a host of projects to attract people into the sector and develop them as well as a series of measures supporting a culture of inclusion.
Highly commended: Bam/Morgan Sindall JV
Supply chain management
For suppliers that demonstrate the Highways Agency’s strategic agenda, values and principles through supply chains.
Winner: The Collaborative Procurement Working Group (CPWG) – Carillion, BAM/Morgan Sindall, Costain, Balfour Beatty, Asset International, Polypipe and Saint Gobain, for their joint work to overcome a shortage of temporary barriers and to avoid delays by implementing effective strategies through the supply chain.
Highly commended: Connect Plus M25, Norbert Dentressangle Logistics, Skanska.