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Green Contractor of the Year

The judging panel were keen to see examples of firms that haven’t waited to be told by clients to improve their environmental performance but have instead instigated a revamp of their businesses to reducing their impact on the environment while hopefully also increasing their ability to compete in a competitive marketplace.

Winner:Sir Robert McAlpine

The contracting company commissioned the world’s first carbon-neutral commercial redevelopment, which its subsidiary company Renewable Energy Systems (RES) occupies. This is used as a demonstrable model for its small client base. Using bespoke acoustic barriers and adopting “quiet” cutting techniques, Sir Robert McAlpine ensures noise pollution is kept to a minimum. Further reduction techniques apply to water, dust and emissions.

Runner Up: Alfred McAlpine Project Services

As one of the first major construction companies to achieve, and retain, ISO 14001 status, Alfred McAlpine has since been listed in the Business in the Community (BITC) Indexes for Environment and Corporate Responsibility. An award scheme has been introduced to encourage and recognise employees’ initiatives in key areas such as environment.

Runner Up: AMEC Design and Project Services

AMEC set up its EPIC (Environmental Performance Improvement Club) workshops in association with CIRIA and Envirowise to address sustainable supply chain efficiency. Employees have also been engaged in the LIFE Programme and ABC training scheme.

Runner Up:David McLean Contractors

Owner David McLean believes environmental initiatives begin at home - applying alternative energy and water preservation to his own property before adopting wind turbine, photovoltaic cells and rainwater collection systems across all site operations. And further energy savings, as recognised by a Carbon Trust survey, are being implemented, along with company car schemes.

Runner Up: Sandwood Construction

Demonstrating real leadership, notably in social housing, Sandwood Construction has trained an employee to specifically carry out pre-construction eco-assessments. Other initiatives include forming a working group of architects and engineers. The company cites its Boatemah Walk project in Lambeth as an exemplar of sustainability.

Runner Up:Skanska

Led by Chief Executive David Fison, Skanska strives to be viewed as a sustainable industry leader. Its solid commitment to the environment is stipulated in its business-wide ‘Way We Do Business’ policy, and the ‘Skanska Code of Conduct’, which employees, principal suppliers and subcontractors have all signed up to.