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Limelight scheme scoops national construction award

The Limelight scheme was given a Bronze Award at a glittering awards ceremony held at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester on 21 March 2017.

Housing contractor and property developers Willmott Partnership Homes, part of the Willmott Dixon group, has won a prestigious national Considerate Constructors Scheme award for taking a highly community and safety-focussed approach to the construction of the new £20m Limelight health and well-being hub for Trafford Housing Trust.

Limelight will be open to the public later this year and once operational, it will be one of the UK’s most progressive and accessible community spaces - offering an integrated approach to health and wellbeing services, education and employment resources, leisure and social activities, and the provision of advice and support.

The Limelight scheme was given a Bronze Award at a glittering awards ceremony held at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester on 21 March 2017.

The event, which was attended by hundreds of the UK’s leading property developers, construction companies and building firms, was organised to honour the organisations which have shown the highest levels of consideration towards the public, the workforce and the environment during the build process.

Much of the judging was based on in-depth site visits to the Limelight development by Considerate Constructor inspectors and in the most recent inspection last August, the company scored an impressive score of 44 out of 50 across a wide range of criteria including the appearance of the site, health and safety, and the protection of the environment.

The project also scored a perfect 10 out of 10 in the ‘respect for the community’ category, and inspectors praised the way the company had actively engaged with local residents, putting their wellbeing and convenience at the forefront of all construction activity.

This included the immediate clean-up of any graffiti or vandalism in and around the Limelight site and regular road sweeping to keep local streets clear of any debris.
Another key consideration was the way Willmott Partnership Homes minimised any inconvenience caused by site-traffic and noise pollution, especially in the evenings, late at night, and at weekends.

The use of large external video display screens, and the publication of regular newsletters to keep residents fully informed of the progress of the build, were also cited as great examples of community engagement by inspectors.

Willmott Partnership Homes’ commitment to adding-value to the community through a number of skills, employment and local procurement initiatives were also highlighted in the report, as were projects delivered with local primary schools and community groups to promote health and safety and environmental best practice in the neighbourhood.

In conclusion, the Considerate Constructors report stated: “The project’s interaction with the local community has continued to develop to the point where they now seem embedded as a positive force in it.”

Neil Rowbottom, Senior Build Manager from Willmott Partnership Homes

This award means the world to us as it involved much collaboration and team work from everyone involved in the project.

To get a perfect ten in the ‘respect for the community’ category was amazing, as we have strived to add real value to the people of Old Trafford, since the project began in 2015.

Graeme Scott, director of Trafford Housing Trust’s development division

Since the very beginning Limelight has been a project developed in genuine partnership with the local community. It’s therefore great that the Willmott Partnership Homes site team have been recognised nationally for the way they have positively engaged with residents with a similar philosophy, and a commitment to bring benefits to everyone affected by the build.

Limelight will include a new GP surgery and a pharmacy together with a library, café, restaurant and hairdressers once the project is complete creating much excitement and anticipation in the wider community.

The scheme will address the issue of an aging population, and the needs of vulnerable people, through the provision of 81 extra care residential apartments and amenities to support independent living.

In addition, Limelight will offer a nursery and a number of services aimed at families and young people, making it a truly intergenerational space which can be used by everyone.

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