Peterborough company wins safety award for refurbishment of city centre tower

Safe working methods used on the refurbishment of Peterborough's Hereward Tower have won a national award for a city firm.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 9:41 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 9:44 am
Refurbishment being carried out using a scissor at Hereward Tower in the centre of Peterborough.

Construction experts Lindum Peterborough, in Newark Road, has won an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council for its commitment to safe working practices.

Mick Papworth, managing director of Lindum Peterborough, said: “The transformation of this old office block in the centre of Peterborough to create 33 apartments over seven floors, including the construction of an additional storey at the top, above the two lower floors used for retail, made the Hereward Tower project particularly interesting.

“The expertise of the KGM Team, the specialist roofing and cladding division of Lindum Group, was a critical factor in the overall success of the project which involved recladding the existing structure and new windows and Juliette balconies being installed.

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“A range of equipment and machinery was employed including suspended cradles operating over the retail service yard which was in use.

“The project was successfully completed in 50 weeks - seven weeks ahead of schedule.

Mr Papworth added: “This award is a major achievement.

“As one of only 436 organisations in the world to have won this International Safety Award this year it recognises the importance we place on health and safety best practice and demonstrates our on-going commitment and investment in safeguarding our employees, subcontractors, suppliers and the wider community where we operate.”

The International Safety Awards were created 58 years ago to recognise and celebrate organisations of all types and sizes worldwide that have demonstrated a commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year.

Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “The British Safety Council commends the Lindum Peterborough Team on their achievement.

“The award is in recognition of their commitment and effort to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health. Our warmest congratulations.”