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18 October 2017

Mott MacDonald Bentley shines at GEM Awards

National design and construction company Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) has enjoyed success in a number of categories at Northumbrian Water’s sixth Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards.

Held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham city centre, Northumbrian Water’s annual GEM Awards acknowledge the achievements of their framework partners over the past twelve months.

The hard work and accomplishments of MMB – currently delivering work with Northumbrian Water on two frameworks covering both treatment and infrastructure – were widely recognised on the evening, enjoying success in seven out of ten shortlisted categories, including the much sought-after Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award.

MMB Design Director, Colin Nichol, said, “It is great to see that everyone’s hard-work is paying off. It has been a busy year delivering a variety of projects and moving to new co-located premises at Seaham, but our teams have worked tirelessly and I’m delighted that Northumbrian Water have recognised these efforts.”

Here is a summary of MMB’s success on the night:

MMB picked up the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award for embedding an established safety culture into a new workforce. The last twelve months has seen MMB form its AMP6 team in the North East, which posed the challenge of embedding an industry-leading safety culture into a new, larger team. MMB has achieved this by ensuring every employee receives extensive and appropriate health and safety guidance from the first day of work, which immediately puts a strong health and safety culture at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

MMB’s Grassholme Emergency Drawdown and Hydro Electricity Project won the Environmental Sustainability Award. Working with the client’s project team, MMB installed a hydroelectric turbine as a sustainable power source, which was recognised for having sustainability and environmental management high on the agenda.

At Howden Sewage Treatment Works, MMB’s scheme to replace the valves at the primary effluent pumping station (PEPS) was highly commended in the Project of the Year category. The scheme was one of the largest raw sewage over pumping schemes carried out in the UK last year, and was successfully delivered under budget with no environmental or reportable safety incidents.

In the Team of the Year category, MMB and fellow contract partner Interserve teamed up to claim the award for the delivery of the Minor Works Programme of Works, carrying out repairs and modifications to assets across the region.

MMB’s approach to programme management was also recognised, as part of a joint-entry into the Programme Management category, where the team’s collaborative approach to meeting key regulatory outputs was celebrated.

Finally, MMB is a key player in both the Run2Lean Working Group, which picked up the Innovation Award, and the Run2Academy Working Group, which won the Legacy Award.

Well done to everyone involved in delivering this success.

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