23 March 2021

Operating in line with one of its core values ‘making a positive impact’, Collins has achieved an excellent 44/45 in its first CCS inspection at The Helix in Wembley, London.

Collins is delivering the £17 million refurbishment to the 21-storey student accommodation block to provide the building with refreshed bedrooms, recreational and reception areas, as well as undertaking substantive remediation works both externally and internally to ensure the building is fire safe.

The project achieved full marks in four out of five sections of the audit relating to project appearance, protecting the environment, a focus on safety and how we value our workforce.

As a company, Collins aims to set a good example of social responsibility within the communities in which we work - each project strives to make a lasting, positive contribution to the local community and its residents and businesses. The project team at Wembley has engaged with a local school offering its expertise and resources to refurbish and decorate those areas of the school that are in need of a refresh.

Collins is a CCS Partner which means we are actively involved in the scheme’s ‘First Impressions’ initiative, working to improve the industry image by ensuring the appearance of construction sites create an excellent first impression on the general public. The scheme considered the appearance of our site in Wembley to be exceptional due to the effort the team has made to elevate the hoarding and provide a visually strong promotion of the finished space. A seven-metre high and 70-metre-long illuminated design has been installed along the primary public facing perimeter. The assessor also praised the install of the complex scaffolding around the modular building.

Our commitment to building a sustainable future has been reflected in the environmental section of the audit. We have recently strengthened our SHEQ team with the addition of an Assistant Sustainability Manager to support in ensuring sustainability is considered at every stage of every project, from start to finish.

The project has donated two hundred trees to the Trees for Life organisation to offset the carbon emissions directly from the project. The site is also minimising its use of natural resources by using PIR’s, LED and motion controlled temporary lighting, that also avoid any potential neighbourhood light pollution.

Further CCS inspections across our other projects this month have all received 42/45, strengthening our commitment in building better, stronger, safer and more sustainable communities.

Congratulations to the project team, led by Peter Woodcock, for their commitment, innovation, and hard work to achieve this outstanding score.

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