15 May 2015

Midas Construction is top for considerate practices

Midas Construction is being highlighted as a leader in considerate working practices after coming out top in a recent industry survey.

The company has shown that alongside its core work as a successful construction company, it has a strong commitment to staff as well as the community and environment where it works.

And this has been highlighted with a series of evaluations by the Considerate Construction Scheme (CCS), an organisation that strives to improve the image of the construction industry.

After carrying out two recent checks on the Midas staff working at Somerset Energy Innovation Centre in Bridgewater, the CCS awarded the site team the highest marks ever given to companies as part of its evaluation scheme.

The CCS has also chosen to use the Midas development near Hinkley Point C to showcase best practice to the rest of the construction industry.

Alan Hope, Chief Executive of The Midas Group, said: “Supporting our staff is hugely important to us and so is working with local communities, engaging with them to provide the best environment possible for all the schemes we work on.

“I am very pleased that our hard work has been highlighted by the Considerate Construction Scheme and I congratulate our team working at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre for their hard work to not only deliver the development but to also to meet with local people as well as create eco-friendly ways of making their time in Bridgewater more environmentally friendly.”

The Midas staff based in Somerset scored 44 and 43 out of 50 in two recent CCS evaluations, fulfilling a range of criteria from environmental protection to support of its workforce.

The considerate additions made at the innovation centre build include environmentally friendly solar panels, eco-cabins and the recycling of used water. A special fence has been erected to protect the greenfield site’s population of great crested newts, and recycled benches and bird tables have been put in place as contemplation areas for staff.

A group of students from the nearby Construction and Skills Learning Centre also visited the site to get hands on experience of the building industry.

Kevin Curtis, Project Manager for Midas Construction’s Wales and Wessex division, said: “It takes all of us as a team to work at this high level.

“At every job I have completed with Midas Construction, we have received consistently high marks because we want to keep our clients happy, maintain the good name of Midas and engage well with the community.”

Building work on the Somerset County Council innovation centre is due to be completed by mid-June and aims to maximize opportunities from nearby Hinkley Point C nuclear power station by allowing businesses to access the national and international energy sectors.

A spokesperson for Somerset County Council, said: “Midas has been very good at engaging with the local community during the build of our new Somerset Energy Innovation Centre in Bridgwater. They have worked to help school children understand the nature and wildlife at the site and have provided beneficial work experience opportunities to college students from the Construction Skills Centre at the local college.

“Thanks to the hard work of the team on site the building works should be completed this summer.”

The project has been funded by Somerset County Council with over £3million from the European Regional Development Fund.

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Image: L-R: Back, Bob Cowling, Grant Millar, Trevor Morgan. Front, Dan Fryer and Kevin Curtis

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