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KDC collaborate with NGN to achieve a CCS top 10% site at Bishop Auckland Gas Holder demolition

In March 2014 KDC were selected as the main contractor for the demolition of Bishop Auckland Gas Holder by Northern Gas Networks (NGN).  During the demolition works the site underwent a Considerate Contractor Scheme (CCS) assessment, scoring 41 out of 50 and placing it in the top 10% of all sites in the country in 2014. As a result of this outstanding score the site will receive a Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Bronze Award for 2015.

Ian Smithson, Managing Director at KDC, stated ‘We are pleased to have achieved such a successful partnership with NGN. The results of the CCS assessment are qualities we strive to achieve on all KDC project sites, as part of our corporate social responsibility’.

KDC’s approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of our company culture. It is about ensuring we sustain safe operations, have a positive impact on our people, the communities we work in and the wider environment, as well as building the trust and respect of our customers and other stakeholders.

The Bishop Auckland Gas Holder was a significant land mark in the area and was constructed by Whessoe Limited in 1951. The site on which the gas holder used to stand has been used for gas distribution for over one hundred years. There is reason to believe, through the examination of historical documentation, that the site was formerly used as a gas production facility.

KDC implemented cold cutting techniques to address the scope of work; which included the demolition of the gas holder and associated pipework, dewatering of the gas holder and the removal of the sludge residue at the base of the gas holder.

Special commendation is given to KDCs’ Greg Lannon and Darren Hutchinson who acted as Contracts Manager and Site Manager, respectively, for the project and NGN Project Supervisors Pete Derbyshire and Nick Morrison.

Tim Harwood, Head of Major Projects at NGN, added ‘This is a great result. Pete, Nick and the team, working alongside the main contractor, KDC, have done a fantastic job’.

The Considerate Contractors Scheme (CCS) report concluded ‘The principles of considerate construction are being effectively applied in all areas of this project’.

These principles include:

  • A clean, tidy work site;
  • Proactive communication with local businesses and residents;
  • Above average efforts made to reduce noise and site traffic;
  • And the successful management of environmental challenges, including the disposal of 24 million litres of polluted water.

CCS has since approached NGN to utilise the Bishop Auckland Gas Holder demolition project as a future case study, to inspire other companies. 

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