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McGee’s Leicester Square project wins CCS Gold Award

McGee is celebrating after winning a Gold Award at the prestigious Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) 2017 National Site Awards for its project in the heart of London’s Leicester Square.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the national Scheme which works to improve the image of the construction industry, presented McGee with the Gold Award at The Plaisterers’ Hall in London on Thursday 7th April and was given within the category of sites with a project value of £10m to <£50m.

Working on behalf of Edwardian Hotels London, McGee has delivered the complex asbestos removal and the demolition of the existing ‘island site’ – which included the old Odeon cinema.  The civils works then proceeded with the bulk excavation for London’s deepest hotel basement at more than 30 metres.  The excavation required more than 8,000 lorry movements to remove 180,000 tonnes of earth.

The site’s highly considerate performance across all parts of the Scheme’s five key cornerstones is a demonstration of the outstanding commitment of this well-managed site, which, as noted by the CCS Scheme’s Monitor during the site’s latest audit, said: “The site continues to exhibit the highest standards of appearance in the industry and the attention to detail, as shown by the painting of the internal props, is exemplary.”

Other achievements noted by the CCS Monitor, included:

  • Communication with and support for the local community continues to be of the highest standard.
  • Promotion of the industry through Radio X is exceptional.
  • The site continues its exceptional environmental performance.
  • Communication of the site’s achievements to both the public and the workforce in an engaging manner is exemplary.

The CCS Monitor added: “This is an outstanding site in almost every area…The site team should be proud of their achievements.”

Iype Abraham, Commercial Development Director at Edwardian Hotels London, said:

“I am extremely proud of the McGee site team winning a Gold Award at the 2017 Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards.  The team’s collaborative approach working closely with the client and Westminster City Council in raising the bar for considerate construction has been exemplary and I am delighted that McGee has received Gold Award recognition for their efforts.  This is a tremendous accolade for everyone involved in the Leicester Square development – keep up the great work.”

The £300m investment from Edwardian Hotels London will open its doors in 2019 and will have a huge impact on this area of London, affirming the hospitality group as a key player within the capital for decades to come.

The site will include bars and restaurants, two Odeon cinemas, a banqueting suite and leisure facilities in the six levels below ground. Above ground, the hotel will offer 350 high quality rooms and suites.

Over 3,000 guests from construction sites of all different sizes attended award ceremonies during 20th March – 7th April at venues in Edinburgh, Manchester and London.

The Scheme presented 6 Most Considerate Site Awards, 30 Most Considerate Site Runners-up, 337 Bronze, 319 Silver and 156 Gold Awards – rewarding the top-performing registered sites that have demonstrated the highest level of considerate construction towards the public, the workforce and the environment.

Isabel Martinson, Executive Chairman, Considerate Constructors Scheme said:

“On behalf of the Scheme, I would like to congratulate our award winners on their success.  Every award-winning site is a beacon of best practice – making significant strides to continually improve the image and reputation of the UK construction industry.

“The Scheme is hugely proud of the efforts of these top-performing sites and we thank them for their hard work, dedication and commitment to achieve ever higher standards in considerate construction.”

Marc Byrne, McGee’s Head of Social Responsibility commented:

“With the recognition of a Gold Award we really are competing on an even par with the giants in the construction industry.  What is especially pleasing is that not only were we recognised with a Gold Award for the outstanding industry good practice on one of our flagship sites at Leicester Square, but the efforts at two of our smaller sites on 9 Marylebone Lane and Old Brompton Road also received the accolades of Silver Awards.  This is indicative that industry best practice is part of the culture on McGee sites.  Nothing else better exemplars our aspiration to go above and beyond in all that we do, and the Considerate Constructors Scheme fits in perfectly with that ethos.”

Above: Paul Murphy (centre), Senior Contracts Manager and Graham Fitzgerald (left), Senior Site Engineer were presented with the Gold Award by David Hancock, Head of Construction, Government Construction Team, Cabinet Office at the CCS 2017 National Site Awards on 6th April 2017.

CCS Awards 2017 Gold