The team responsible for the conservation of Delapre Abbey has been nationally commended at this year’s Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) site awards.
Construction company, Robert Woodhead Ltd, has been handed a ** award for the consideration it gave to the local community, the surrounding environment, the look of the site and the welfare of its workforce, while working on Northampton’s historic building.
The £6.1m restoration of the Grade II* Listed 12th Century building, was delivered by the company’s conservation specialists, Woodhead Heritage.
The site, which has included a wide range of restoration works has offered a range of challenges for the site team, including dealing with the historic nature of the fabric, as well as working alongside dedicated and actively engaged community groups, with vested interests in the future of the Abbey.
The project has engaged hundreds of people in the repair and conservation process. Working with the Trust, the Woodhead Heritage team delivered an ambitious engagement programme, which included;
• supporting a documentary film of the project produced by Local schoolchildren.
• 26 talks on the project delivered to local groups
• 4 Public Heritage Skills open days were held
• Over 600 people were taken on hard-hat tours
Paul Haythorne, Heritage Manager said: “We’re delighted to have walked away with an award for our approach to being considerate constructors on Delapre Abbey.
“We pride ourselves on the work we do as a company to deliver measurable impact on the sites we work on we are preserving the past whilst engaging the community in important conservation principles. It’s always our aim not only to do an excellent job but also to leave a positive legacy behind, whether that be through our engagement with the local community, or our efforts to provide public access to projects .”