A £277,000 construction project which saw Rushden Splash Pool in Northamptonshire revamped in just eight weeks has been recognised with a prestigious award.
The initiative won the Small Project of the Year Award at the NEC Awards which recognises schemes worth less than £0.5m that show evidence of best practice and collaboration. The awards were announced on 20th April 2015 at the Institute of Civil Engineering in London.
Jeakins Weir and Pick Everard scooped the award after delivering the contract through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council.
empa, which was formed by local authorities in the East Midlands and is managed by Scape, aims to improve the procurement and delivery of construction projects and property maintenance for public sector bodies saving time and money for them and in turn for council taxpayers.
In the photo (l to r) – Cllr Richard Lewis, Andy Rich (Jeakins Weir Contract Manager), Richard Bolton (Jeakins Weir Site Manager), Alistair Weir (MD of Jeakins Weir), Steven North (Leader of East Northamptonshire Council), David Oliver (Chief Executive of East Northamptonshire Council), Chris Tye (Group Operations Manager of Aspirations Wellbeing)
Jeakins Weir’s work at Rushden Splash Pool included the installation of new air handling units and ducting, re-tiling the changing rooms, showers and toilets and installing new changing cubicles and lockers. It was completed in October 2014.
Alistair Weir, managing director for Jeakins Weir said: “We are delighted to have won this award with Pick Everard. By working closely with all partners involved we were able to improve the well-used facilities at Rushden Splash Pool within a tight timescale causing minimal disruption to swimmers and saving the local authority money too. Contracts secured through the empa framework allow us to be flexible in our approach and meet the specific needs of local authority clients.”
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “Congratulations to Jeakins Weir and Pick Everard for winning this well-deserved award. The quality of refurbishment work carried out at the Splash Pool has provided our customers with a much improved experience and clearly stood out amongst some tough competition at the awards.
“Aspirations Wellbeing, who manage the pool, worked closely with the contractors to ensure smooth management of the work and I’m delighted the judges chose this project to honour as it is a great example of collaborative working by the project team.”
Alan Coole, Head of empa, said: “We are honoured to see an empa project, which has boosted leisure facilities for the local community, win this award. The project is a great example of what can be achieved in such a short space of time through the empa framework. Contractor Jeakins Weir replaced essential mechanical equipment, installed new lockers and improved changing areas and showers for the 25-metre long pool that was built 25 years ago, all this in just eight weeks.”
Pick Everard provided Project Management, Cost Consultancy and NEC Supervisor services.
Adrian Ceney, Scape framework director at Pick Everard, said: “This was a challenging project for us in terms of timescales as we had just a two week lead in time, a very tight timescale and budget to work with as well as political risks due to a potential penalty for East Northamptonshire Council should a delay have occurred.
“We worked together with the council and empa framework contractor Jeakins Weir to ensure that a transparent and collaborative approach was adopted, providing excellent results on time.
“The NEC Awards are all about collaboration and this project was a perfect example of working together as a project team to deliver for the client, and I am delighted this has been recognised.”