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07/11/2017

Gold for McGee in the Green Apple Awards 2017

McGee has won a gold award from the Green Organisation at the international Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice 2017 within the Building & Construction Innovation category.

McGee competed against more than 500 other nominations and was presented with their trophy and certificate at a presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on 6th November.

The annual campaign rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world and McGee has received gold recognition as a result of their work at Southbank Place – one of the largest demolition projects in London last year, which involved the demolition and site clearance of the 27,515m2 Shell UK Headquarters on the Southbank at Waterloo.

Tamil Uddin, Group Environmental Manager, said:

“This prestigious award recognises the innovative solutions and approaches delivered to support our client in achieving innovative Environmental Best Practice through BREEAM and supporting the site’s Considerate Constructors Scheme Ultra Site status – which at the time was the UK’s first Pilot Scheme to further drive improvements in standards throughout the construction industry.”

Marc Byrne, Head of Social Responsibility, said:

“The Green Apple gold award is a great accolade for the Environmental site team at Southbank Place. The Client Canary Wharf Contractors encouraged all contractors to adhere to industry best practice in Environmental and the McGee team rose magnificently to the challenge – in not only recycling the materials from the demolition phase – but in also promoting recycling and reuse throughout all phases of our project and in the local community.

“What makes receiving this award especially pleasing is being recognised for environmental best practice in the presence of the industry’s elite, and with 22 winners within our category, we’re thrilled to be the only gold award winner in our sector!”

Callum Scott, Canary Wharf Contractors – Project Sustainability Manager, said:

“The demolition phase of Southbank Place presented a significant challenge to the project team.  To achieve the technically demanding demolition whilst maintaining the positive relationship with our neighbours and presenting an industry image that represents the best of what the industry has to offer.  McGee’s expertise proved invaluable from the outset, from identifying the best approach through to onsite delivery.  One of the things that set McGee apart was how they embraced technologies that brought about time, cost and environmental benefits.  From remote vibration monitoring to electronic waste transfer records, this typified their sector leading approach to driving the industry forward.”

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.