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PCH win 3 awards at Constructing Excellence Ceremony

It was a night to remember for Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) at the 2021 Constructing Excellence South West Awards after winning three awards at the regional event.

The Constructing Excellence Awards are a celebration of everything the UK’s Built Environment has to be proud of and PCH’s Mount Wise Towers project was the big winner on the night.

PCH scooped the ‘Winner of Winners Award’ for our work at the Mount Wise Towers, a nationally-acclaimed project, which has been delivered alongside our partners Mi-space and Bailey Partnership.

Our award-winning project impressed the judging panel and was able to demonstrate the highest levels of best practice, innovation and technical achievement to overcome the project’s challenges and take home the coveted award.

Our Mount Wise Towers project was also crowned winners in the ‘Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award’. PCH were able to demonstrate to the panel a detailed level of consideration for health and safety at the pre-construction and construction phases of the Mount Wise project and noted the uniqueness of the such extensive works being undertaken while residents remained in situ.

This included the incorporation and development of the Construction Leadership Councils COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures.  These were jointly developed to take account of the residents in the occupied Towers.

Health, safety and wellbeing has been of paramount importance throughout the Mount Wise Towers works. PCH were able to showcase overarching health and safety risk management systems and effective health initiatives, which were fundamental in reducing incidents and promoting health and wellbeing throughout the project. Judges noted the ongoing consultation and communication throughout the project by all parties which ensured residents were kept informed and retained their trust in the Project Team. 

PCH’s third award, on what was a glittering night was the Value Award. PCH’s Mount Wise Towers project demonstrated an increased value for owners and a better long-term outcome for all stakeholders, non-more-so than our residents, who have played a central role in the success of the project. 

The project was also Highly Commended in the Building Project of the Year category.

Chief Executive, John Clark said: “I am incredibly proud to see PCH take home three prestigious awards on the night.

“The project team, alongside the on-site workforce have shown commendable levels of dedication and skill to deliver what has been a hugely complex project.

“None of this would have been possible without the trust, understanding and support of our residents living in the Towers. This award is for them, their sacrifice and positive spirit has been at the forefront of this project.”

AJ Eaton, Director of Mi-space, part of the Midas Group, said: “These awards are recognition of the importance of the Towers project, the overarching spirit of collaboration which has been its hallmark and the quality of design and workmanship which we have all strived to deliver for PCH and its residents.

“It is a project which we feel hugely honoured to have been entrusted with and immensely proud of what has been achieved. I’d like to thank our staff and our supply chain for working so hard to deliver the programme through the most trying circumstances.”

Steve Demuth, Partner at Bailey Partnership added: “As a local practice we are extremely proud to have been involved in such a flagship project for both the city and our industry. 

“Working in collaboration with Plymouth Community Homes, the residents and Mi-space the project team successfully navigated through the many challenges presented by the 1960s tower blocks to ensure the works met current legislation and best practice.   

“To achieve such acclaimed recognition by Constructing Excellence South West is a fantastic achievement and testament to the significance of the project.”

Winners selected through the regional awards programme will now go forward to the national finals held in the autumn.

The prestigious Awards provide a very special showcase of excellence in the built environment across England and Wales, bringing together the eight regional winners in each of 14 categories to celebrate the very best of the best.