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Sutton Way transformation programme rated ‘Very Good’ by Considerate Constructors Scheme

National property services business, Liberty, has achieved a ‘Very Good’ rating by the Considerate Constructors Scheme at its major transformation programme in Ellesmere Port. 

In July 2021, the business secured a major contract to deliver Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Sutton Way improvement scheme worth circa £13 million.

Following a second inspection in July 2022, the site was rated ‘Very Good’ across all three categories of ‘Respect the community’, ‘Care for the environment’ and ‘Value their workforce’.

In the report, good practice has been observed on site as a number of measures are in place to ensure there is limited disruption to the tenants living on the site and the surrounding community. These include out of hours contact information, an environmental board to promote achievements and the addition of a defibrillator on site which is publicised with the general public.

Brian Farnworth, Monitor and Author of the Considerate Constructors Scheme report said: “Overall the site was very good particularly in respect to communicating with the residents and general public community and there is an excellent wellbeing app. There have been some improvements since the previous visit and a number of additional opportunities have been identified. My thanks to Steve and the team for their time and obvious commitment to the aims of the scheme.”

Liberty’s Contracts Manager, Steve Garnett, who is overseeing the site, said: “We are really proud of our ‘Very Good’ rating from the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Everyone has worked very hard to ensure our workforce, tenants and the local community is aware of what is happening on site from health and safety notices, regular updates on the works progression and how the general public can access our defibrillator in site in an emergency situation.

“We are continuing to improve on our good practices and are looking forward to the next inspection.”

The refurbishment scheme, which is due to complete in April 2024 includes:

  • Enhancing the external appearance and safety of 10 blocks totalling 342 apartments
  • Installation of CCTV and improved lighting
  • Improved secure access car parking
  • Replacing windows
  • New roof, soffit, fascia and guttering
  • Installing new video door entry systems and internal front doors
  • Refurbishing communal areas to create high quality new spaces to improve the lives of residents
  • Partial demolition and remodelling of 3 of the blocks
  • 16 new build homes

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