Community engagement is a vital part of the project. The contractor's Community Liaison Team regularly engages with local communities and businesses.
Maryculter Tree planting session
Eleven workers from the AWPRB-T project have helped the Maryculter Woodlands Trust plant around 110 trees at Oldman Hill.
A variety of trees were planted, including dogwood, oak, hazel, holly, beech and chestnut, as well as Scots pine.
Duncan Gardner, from the Community Liaison Team, said: “It was a great opportunity to put something back into the community and everyone who took part enjoyed it immensely.”
The Maryculter Woodlands Trust was created in April 2007 to help manage the community woodland in conjunction with Forestry Commission Scotland by restoring the wood to mixed native species.
It recently won a Highly Commended award from the North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership for its work after holding a community planting day to plant more than 1,000 trees.
Running workers raise almost £6K for local and national charities
Twenty five people from across the AWPR/B-T project recently took part in the 30th Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10k run, raising almost £6,000 for local and national charities.
The Aberdeen Baker Hughes run is Aberdeen’s most popular race with 3,190 runners taking part this year for 10 different charities.
Some of the runners ran in four teams: three people in Quads of Fury, who raised money for Macmillan Cancer Research Trust; five people for Hi Viz Heroes, who raised £900 for Cash for Kids; six people for Beach Babe Wannabes, who raised £385 for Mesothelioma UK Trust and eight people Can’t Stop Us Now, who raised £887 for CLAN.
Individual efforts included Hugh Dalgetty who raised £310 for Macmillan Cancer Research Trust, Emma Hendry who raised £1,120 for Alzheimer’s Research and Ryan Swan who, in the course of just three weeks, completed both the Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10k and the London Marathon, raising an amazing £2,195 for social care charity VSA.
The fastest time of the day came in at 45.06 with the remaining participants all finishing within 1 hour 46 minutes.
Malcolm Findlay, General Manager for Aberdeen Roads Limited said:
“Our workers have shown in the past that they are keen to dig in and do their bit for charity but the response we received for this opportunity to take part in the Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10k was incredible. And not just from the number of people wanting to take part, but also those who supported them on the day and gave donations. We are all very proud of them.”
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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