We are excited to have been shortlisted for New Civil Engineer’s NCE100 Awards, in two categories: as a “Health & Wellbeing Leader” and for “Excellence in Urban Living”.
Excellence in Urban Living
Kevin Masters, our Structural and Civil Engineering Board Director, commented: “One of our contributions to urban living is the delivery of quality and sustainable housing, which people can afford to buy, and developers can afford to build. We’ve done that by developing systems that break down supply chain blockages and design inefficiencies. An excellent example is the chassis-based platform system we’ve used in Russia to achieve an unprecedented cost per m2 for quality housing - and we’ve built it in a location where it was badly needed.”
Our system allowed plot architects the customisation to create different buildings, while using a large proportion of repeatable, highly refined, elements to reduce costs. And by training local organisations to design and build future phases we boosted the local economy. A similar system for the UK housing is receiving significant interest.
Health and Wellbeing
For us, innovation is paramount and can only thrive in a culture where people are happy, engaged and free to challenge themselves and each other. This belief in innovation was endorsed by our nomination for the Health and Wellbeing award. NCE were interested in a range of initiatives, monitored for their effectiveness, which we use to create a supportive environment. There’s a Wellbeing Team, for example, which is a group of individuals who create new ways of responding to feedback from colleagues. It has direct access to the board of directors who support the team and value what it does. We also hold weekly meditation sessions, which focus on identifying stress and managing its effects. The feedback we’ve had says these sessions are engaging and helpful. Stress levels, and sick leave are reduced, while staff retention and engagement have been improved. The winners will be revealed on the 23 May 2018.
The Wellbeing Team is closely supported by the Bryden Wood Board.
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