Wednesday, July 20, 2011

News: Considerate construction of Nuclear AMRC


The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), in Rotherham has been recognised for the considerate way the £25m facility is being delivered by BAM Construction.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) conducted an inspection of the innovative business project on the Advanced Manufacturing Park and scored it against eight criteria such as its approach to the environment, being a good neighbour and its attitude to safety and responsibility. The site scored 74 out of 80 half marks, placing it inside the UK's best performing one per cent of sites. Last year the CCS conducted over 14,000 inspections across the country.

The Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners. It will provide a focal point for the bulk of the UK civil nuclear manufacturing industry supply chain, ensuring that manufacturers in the UK have the capability and capacity required to compete for nuclear new build in the UK and globally, from skills training to research and development.

The Nuclear AMRC's inspection awarded maximum marks for the project being a good neighbour and its responsibility, and singled out several aspects for praise such as its engagement of apprentices, involving local schools in learning opportunities, conducting random drug and alcohol tests, improving literacy and its thoughtful occupational health arrangements. The site has CCTV security. In addition, the team have raised thousands of pounds for charity by participating in cycling and running events.

Nick Howdle, project manager at BAM Construction said: "How we build is as important as the quality of what we build. Creating first class buildings needs a first class attitude. That can only be done in partnership with your client, and listening to them and the community around them. I can say we have formed a very strong working bond with the University and this will keep our challenging programme on track."

David Briggs, project manager at the University of Sheffield added: "The University fully supports the Considerate Contractors Scheme. This is an excellent result by the BAM team and they are to be congratulated on this."

The centre is scheduled for completion in September 2011.

Nuclear AMRC website



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