Firm’s prize for protecting Todmorden from floods

Todmorden Flood Awards winners - Volker Stevin.
Todmorden Flood Awards winners - Volker Stevin.

The firm behind the flood defences in Todmorden have won a gold award for their work in the town.

Volker Stevin Ltd were given the award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2014 National Site Awards, which comes after they were given an Environment Agency award for services to the community.

The National Site Award was won after they were judged for their on-site considerations to the public, the environment and their own workforce.

Pedestrians and motorists were escorted by operatives during an early period of village flooding, more than 500 tonnes of gravel deposited during the floods was cleaned and reused, and the company constructed a paved area with planters for the town’s vegetable planting scheme, supported by a contribution to the training of two horticulturalists to maintain the supply.

These efforts were complemented by staff welfare initiatives and the entire site workforce was registered with Construction Better Health which provides regular eight-weekly health checks, with the Scheme Monitor commenting on “a truly exceptional focus”.

The award was presented by Peter Hansford, Government Chief Construction Advisor, to Donald Murray from Volker Stevin.

The firm were one of only 90 UK sites to achieve the gold standard from more than 8,500 registered.