Chosen from hundreds of other sites, the Hulland team was singled out for their hard work and dedication to performance excellence over the last 18 months. Under the leadership of Adrian Woods, site manager, and Mark Slatcher, project manager, the team achieved some of the highest standards in the U.K. construction industry, scoring in the top 7.5 percent. Criteria for judging included the following performance-related aspects:
- Care about appearance
- Respect the community
- Protect the environment
- Secure everyone’s safety
- Value the workforce
Built in the 1960s, the site is located in Derbyshire Dales, 15 miles northwest of Derby. It currently serves a population of 900 within the Ecclesborne catchment area. In 2014, MWH started work at the site to replace a 50-year-old conventional, biological filter works with a new primary and secondary treatment works to treat wastewater. A high priority in Severn Trent’s rural strategy, the decision to upgrade the works has resulted an ultra-low carbon and low maintenance solution which effectively meets discharge consent.
The site has generated considerable interest over its 18-month construction period for developing the first vertical reed beds in the U.K. The beds are perfectly suited for a rural environment with their introduction the site provides a works that fully integrates with the local surroundings by lending itself as a cleverly constructed wetland the reed beds attract a wide diversification of habitats. The natural benefits on offer include a better atmosphere for native habitants by reducing emissions at source by adopting best CO2 reducing practices, enabling a naturally rich and sustainable environment in which spices thrive. The bank, attracts more wildlife and improves the overall water quality of the rivers surrounding the Ecclesborne catchment area.
With this recognition as one of the highest performing sites in the U.K., MWH will now join other recognised organisations at the prestigious National Site Awards to be held at the Lowry on April 14th. There the teams will be awarded either Gold, Silver or Bronze awards in recognition of their achievements in raising the bar for considerate construction and improving the image of construction.
This site is a credit to MWH Treatment, as it demonstrates the value our company places on safety, the public, our workforce and the environment.
Congratulations to Mark Slatcher, Adrian Woods and the entire Hulland Ward team on this outstanding achievement.