Denton Green gets the best out of its build

A Nottingham building site has been ranked in the top 1% percent in the country by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) and Nottingham City Council (NCC) is working alongside construction main contractor, Robert Woodhead Ltd in partnership with BESTbuild Social Enterprise on a new build of four energy efficiency bungalows.

On its first visit to the site, the national accreditation body gave Denton Green 45 out of a possible 50 marks – ranking it as one of the best in the country. They particularly praised the partnership between NCH, Woodhead and BESTbuild, and the engagement and opportunity this has offered more than 20 local people who have been working on-site throughout, building their skills and experience.

The inspector said:

“The image projected by the site is excellent and an important public demonstration of appearance. This is acknowledged as a socially deprived area with high unemployment and it is good to see the efforts made to engage with local people.

“A few have responded positively and the use of the project as a job creation opportunity is applauded and exceptional.”

Denton Green is part of the Building a Better Nottingham programme, which will see more than 450 new homes built on sites across Nottingham. These range from small developments – often replacing disused garage sites – through to large schemes such as the Lenton redevelopment, which will see 142 new council homes created.

Steve Hale, Director of Property Services at NCH, said:

“As a client member of the CCS, we are delighted that the site at Denton Green has received such a high score. The contractors are to be commended for their hard work and commitment.

“Both Robert Woodhead and BESTbuild have been instrumental in involving the local community. Twenty local people have been able to take part in work experience at the site and half of the people working on site come from the Aspley area.

“This work experience included a single mum, who got involved thanks to our Women in Construction initiative. She gained valuable experience from Denton Green, and would now like to develop a career in the construction industry.”

Woodhead has been working with apprentices and tradespeople from BESTbuild, which is based just across the road. Site managers and experienced tradespeople from Woodhead have been able to offer guidance, providing the trainees with valuable site experience, as well as sharing their skills and knowledge.

Tony Robinson, site manager at Denton Green for Robert Woodhead said:

“We have a great working relationship with our partners at BESTbuild and the team at Nottingham City Homes.

“The whole team has invested a lot of effort to ensure that this project has a positive impact on the local community, both in terms of the people working on site and those living in the surrounding area. The fact that the CCS inspector was able to see this investment first hand and awarded us such a high score as a result is absolutely fantastic for all involved.”

Anna Mimms MBE is Chief Executive at BESTbuild, which she established in 2010 to deliver on construction projects providing employment and apprenticeship opportunities for local people. She said:

“The Denton Green new build showcases what can be achieved when working in partnership.

“BESTbuild has been able to play a significant role in the delivery of this construction project; and in addition delivers workplace skills and empowers local people to take control of their own lives. This is the very reason we set up BESTBuild.”