Thames Water has scooped a prestigious industry award for its considerate construction schemes in the City of London.
The company, which provides water and waste services to 15 million people, has picked up a Gold Award in the City of London Considerate Contractor Streetworks Scheme 2017 awards.
It is the fifth year in a row the firm has won the award, and judges noted how workers took pride in the jobs they were completing, and their awareness of the passing public and the environmental impact on the community.
Barry Rainger, senior regional Streetworks manager, said he was delighted the firm was recognised for its work.
He said: “Although not a high impact area in terms of volumes of work, a lot of time is spent by our operational teams in maintaining excellent working relationships with local authorities, as well as high level communications, working groups and stakeholder management in order to be proactive, and actively seeking opportunities to stretch current working practices.
“Thames Water undertake approximately 60 per cent of works across London, therefore they are seen as one of the industry leaders in its approach to Streetworks excellence and impact of works.
“As such, we have a responsibility to lead by example, and be proactive in with Local Authorities in striving to enhance its, and our, reputation of working together.”
The company won the Gold Award for continued good performance and good communication when working within the City of London.
Due to the commercial nature of the area, workers observe 'quiet time' where any noise needs to be kept to an absolute minimum in order to prevent inconvenience to operating companies and residents, often meaning working longer hours or at weekends in a bid to minimise traffic issues and the effect on residents and companies.
As well as managing timings of work, consideration for co-operative working is common place, often sharing common work site and traffic control in order to minimise impact on the area.
Additionally, workers have also been delivering letters informing people of any upcoming or ongoing works, to try and limit the impact.
In addition to the gold award, J Murphy and Sons, a contractor for Thames Water, has also been awarded the silver award for its work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project at the Chambers Wharf site, east London (pictured).
Thames Water will collect their award on May 19 at an awards ceremony in London.