22 September 2021

Hat-trick of awards for Mount Wise Towers scheme

It was a hat-trick of successes for the major refurbishment project taking place at Mount Wise Towers, in Plymouth, which scooped three accolades at the 2021 Constructing Excellence South West Awards.

Mi-space has been working on behalf of Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) on the high-profile scheme to replace existing cladding to the buildings with new external wall insulation. The external works followed the earlier completion of a project to install a full sprinkler system throughout the Towers.

And it was a night to remember for all those involved in the scheme as Mount Wise Towers emerged the big winner at the awards, which are a celebration of everything the UK’s Built Environment has to be proud of.

The project won the ‘Winner of Winners Award’ after impressing the judging panel by demonstrating the highest levels of best practice, innovation and technical achievement to overcome the project’s challenges.

It also won the ‘Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award’ in recognition of the detailed level of consideration for health and safety at pre-construction and construction phases, which 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. Overarching health and safety risk management systems and effective health initiatives put in place which have been fundamental in reducing incidents and promoting health and wellbeing throughout the project.

The third award was the Value Award, with project the demonstrating an increased value for owners and a better long-term outcome for all stakeholders, non-more-so than PCH’s 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.

PCH 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, bringing together the eight regional winners in each of 14 categories to celebrate the very best of the best.

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