Wednesday 13 May 2015 – Media Release
Canary Wharf Contractors Wins Major Recognition
The construction arm of Canary Wharf Group, Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd (CWCL) has won widespread industry recognition for a number of projects demonstrating its strong commitment to meeting and raising industry environmental standards, driving forward best practice and supporting the communities in which it builds.
At the 2015 National Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Awards ceremony, the 20 Fenchurch Street (‘Walkie Talkie’) development built by CWCL for joint venture developers Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities received a Gold award for the third consecutive year. CWCL was also awarded ‘runner up’ for the for the ‘Most Considerate Site’ award, also for the third year in a row, putting it in the top 30 sites out of 8,900 entries. The striking Crossrail station at Canary Wharf won a Bronze award for the fourth year in succession. The Awards aim to recognise and reward the hard work and effort that is made by sites registered under the CCS which raises the bar for considerate construction and sets the benchmark for others to follow.
Separately the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents has awarded CWCL the RoSPA Gold Medal, its seventh in a row, for Occupational Health and Safety, demonstrating its commitment to raising the standards of health and safety management.
In addition, CWCL has received certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for 20 Fenchurch Street, one of only 80 projects globally to receive this accolade. The project is Full Project FSC Certified in accordance with FSC Standard 40-006 for all temporary and permanent timber. This certification underpins the extent of the Group’s commitment to sustainably sourced timber and we are hopeful that a number of our other projects will also achieve the certification later this year.
Cormac Mac Crann, Executive Director of CWCL said: “We are extremely proud of the recent recognition we have received across a number of our projects. It’s not just about box ticking and crossing our fingers, it takes a tremendous amount of effort and perseverance to get these kinds of accolades. Our sites and the communities around them are safer, better places as a result of our intense participation and engagement. Congratulations to the teams who strive constantly to run our sites with care and consideration for our staff, our work force, local communities and the environment.”
Situated in the heart of the City of London, the construction of 20 Fenchurch Street, a joint venture project by Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities, posed specific construction challenges to which CWC rose by focusing on local employment and training opportunities. Among these was a job brokerage scheme providing extensive work experience placements and resulting in several offers of full-time employment and an on-site hire shop which was set up for both the workforce and public providing a large variety of classroom and site-based training courses. Suppliers and businesses in the locality benefited significantly from the procurement strategy.
These initiatives were supported by active community support including five-a-side football matches and a London to Brighton bike ride in aid of local charities. Labour and materials were donated to the nearby church, while further voluntary work was provided to Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The CCS described 20 Fenchurch Street as “an exemplary project” from start to finish due to the “all round exceptional considerate performance”.
Meanwhile, the Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf, with its unusual latticed roof and gardens, was described by the CCS as having “shown the highest levels of consideration towards the public, its workforce and the environment by adhering to the Scheme’s five-point code of considerate practice.
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About Canary Wharf Group
Canary Wharf Group plc is an iconic London real estate business which has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe. We design, build and manage a unique set of assets to serve local and international companies, renowned retailers and some of the UK’s most exciting technology startups.
Our vision is to create truly great places where people want to work, live and relax. Over the past 25 years we have developed 17 million square feet of London’s disused docklands into one of the world’s foremost business districts, with more than 10 million square feet to come. Canary Wharf is home to the global and regional headquarters of leading names in law, banking, financial and professional services, media and technology.
The Canary Wharf Estate is fast evolving into one of London’s most exciting hubs. Alongside high quality offices for established companies, our status as a major retail destination including five shopping malls, Level39, Europe’s most influential financial technology accelerator, and the Cognicity smart cities technology initiative, we will soon deliver a major residential building programme, providing thousands of new homes for Londoners. Outside of Canary Wharf, the Group has a stake in the 20 Fenchurch Street (‘Walkie Talkie’) development in the City of London and in the Shell Centre redevelopment on London’s South Bank. We are in the business of place-making and continue to create cityscapes of and for the future.
We employ over 1,000 people and there is a working population at Canary Wharf of 105,000 people. The arrival of Crossrail trains in 2017/2018 will strengthen the resilience of the existing transport infrastructure, doubling capacity and cutting journey times into central London and further afield. It will take 39 minutes to get to Heathrow airport, while City airport is just 10 minutes away.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between the Qatar Investment Authority and Brookfield Property Partners, two of the world’s largest funds and commercial real estate companies. The Group was acquired in March 2015 and as part of this process, Songbird, the former majority owner of Canary Wharf Group, delisted from the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market. The Canary Wharf Group board of directors consists of ten directors; two executive directors, and four non-executive directors from QIA and Brookfield respectively.