Community engagement is a vital part of the project. The contractor's Community Liaison Team regularly engages with local communities and businesses.
Prince’s Trust and contractor’s celebration event
A celebration event was held for six people who completed a ‘Get into Civil Engineering ’ course, designed to help people gain experience of civil engineering within a real construction project.
The course was developed and delivered by the Prince’s Trust and the AWPR Construction Joint Venture (AWPR CJV). It is based on strong educational and practical learning which has achieved considerable success in other areas, such as retail.
The event, held at the project’s head office in Stonehaven, enabled the participants to share their experiences of the course with friends, family and representatives from the Prince’s Trust and AWPR CJV.
Georgia Black, 19, from Torry in Aberdeen said: “It’s been a wonderful experience and totally different from my current job. I have really enjoyed working with the structures team.”
Ruaridh Girvan, 24, from Stonehaven, said: “This offered a unique opportunity for me. I would love to work in planning or computer aided design and it gave me an insight into what is involved in road construction.”
Scott Yates, 23, from Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, said: “I’m hoping this course will give me a foot in the door. It’s been a great opportunity and the course has been brilliant.”
Construction contractor raises almost £40,000
The AWPR/B-T construction contractor has raised £37,339 in just two years for 19 charity projects.
Among the charities and organisations who have benefited are:
- CLAN Cancer Support
- The Red Cross
- Camphill School
- Aberdeen Cyrenians
- The Archie Foundation
- Cancer Research UK
- Maryculter Woodland Trust
- Maggie’s Aberdeen
- The Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Workers have contributed either individually or in small groups through a variety of ways, by:
- taking part in charity events
- donating money
- giving up their own time to assist good causes
Events have included cycling the length of mainland Britain, running half marathons, repairing woodland walks and even taking part in lifeboat rescue missions.
John Guild, Technical Director for the project, raised £1,000 for Cancer Research UK by taking part in a non-stop cycle relay from Land’s End to John O’Groats. He completed the 981-mile route in just 84 hours.
Staff have also taken part in Christmas food delivery convoys from Balmedie to Aberdeen for Aberdeen Cyrenians.
Over the course of the project, the Aberdeen Roads Limited team have got involved with local sustainability projects. Around 20 workers helped to build a car park for Maryculter Community Woodland, using a digger from the site and supplying pipes for drainage purposes.
The team have also donated cable drums to Kingswell Primary School for use in its nursery gardens and stacks of wood to Scoltly Hill Community Group and local scouts groups. Any local groups interested in receiving donations of wood, metal or plastic piping should contact Sonja Shand, the AWPR/B-T contractor’s sustainability manager, on 0800 058 8350.
Open days and exhibitions
Aberdeen Roads Limited and its construction contractor, AWPR CJV, held a series of open days across the north east at the end of January and the beginning of February 2016. This gave the opportunity for around 800 attendees to ask questions about the road and its impact.
We also held public exhibitions at various locations across the north east in June 2014. The exhibitions provided another chance to find out about the project before work began on the road.
Children from Kirkhill Primary School and Foveran Primary School visited the AWPR/B-T main site office at Stonehaven to hear about the dangers of construction sites and how they can Stay Safe themselves.
Caitlin McKay (10) from Foveran Primary School said: "It was great fun learning about how many new things are being built like new bridges, underpasses and even wildlife tunnels. I had no idea badgers and squirrels will have their own tunnels under the new road!
"I also learned that safety is very important and there are lots of dangers on a building site like falling down holes, tripping up, and even sand that can hurt your skin. I think I'll be safe and just keep away until the road is finished!"
Neve Flynn (10) from Kirkhill Primary School added: "I thought today's visit very interesting and I learned lots about the dangers on a construction site. I will certainly think twice about going near the AWPR while it's being built!"
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