Hat-trick! We scored three wins in the Street Works UK Awards

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We’re over the moon to have won in not one, not two, but THREE categories in the Street Works UK Awards 2022. Congratulations to everyone, our winners and those shortlisted.

Our winners 

Project of the Year 

Mottram Moor Gas Reinforcement (North West) 

A critical gas reinforcement project to maintain supplies to a local electricity generation site and local customers impacted by significant recent growth in the area. This involved open cutting large sections of one of the busiest roads in the Greater Manchester and Derbyshire area, the A57.  

Through a collaborative team effort with Cadent North West Streetworks, National Highways, Tameside Council, Derbyshire County Council, Network Plus (our NW contract management organisation) and PGL Pipelines (the local delivery partner tasked with delivering the engineering work) the team where able to deliver the project six weeks ahead of schedule whilst managing excessive local traffic issues. 

Here’s more about the project

Rising Star 

Prenesh Sagarkumar (North London) 

Prenesh has shown great passion, drive and commitment since taking on the role of Collaboration Support Officer within the London network and has played a pivotal role in saving 850 days of road space occupation.  

Best Collaborative Works 

Hendon Wood Lane (North London) 

A collaboration between Cadent, Morrison ES (our NL contract management organisation), Affinity Water and their contractor J Browns, and BT, in partnership with the Greater London Authority and the London Borough of Barnet. 469m of new mains installed under a shared road closure which saved 69 days of disruption to our customers. 

 

Our other shortlisted entries 

Communication and Community Engagement 

Woodhouse Community Gardens (East Midlands) 

Whilst undertaking mains replacement in the area Cadent, Network Plus, Pipetech and Cherbind rallied to support a local community charity to complete a 3-year improvement plan over a week in August 2022. 23 colleagues volunteered, along with donations of materials and equipment to clear an overgrown area of the allotment. The team installed a new tarmac driveway, some borders, bug hotels, a pond - plus lots more. More on this story is here.

Project of the Year 

Victoria Embankment Maintenance Works (North London)  

By removing a section of island and implementing complex traffic management designs Cadent maintained one of the busiest cycle lanes in London whilst Energy Operations completed a 4-week scheme. Cadent successfully used Lane Rental funding from Traffic for London to reinvest utility street works costs, a great sustainable operating model whilst minimising disruption for our customers. The project received great feedback on social media from customers and stakeholders. 

Rising Star 

Ben Briggs (East of England) 

Ben was nominated due to his exceptional performance to reduce street works penalty costs and increase customer survey scores for street works and reinstatement of repair and connections work within his COAM area Cambridge. Ben supported and coached operational teams to achieve compliant first-time-right working with no fixed penalty notices in the first six months of this year!  
 

West Midlands network was also nominated along with Traffic for West Midlands and the wider street works community for their part in the collaborative works coordination in the run up to and during the Commonwealth Games 2022. Accommodating multiple live race events on the streets of Birmingham and Wolverhampton. 

What is Street Works UK 

Street Works UK Ltd is the UK’s only cross-sector trade association representing gas, electricity, water, sewage and telecommunications utility companies, their contractor partners and a range of affiliate companies that provide goods, materials, equipment and services for street works. It works with ministers, civil servants, policymakers, business and campaign groups to develop street works and road policies that are fair, proportionate and deliver against objectives. 

Cadent

Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy.  We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change.  Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency.   Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the Welsh Borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

Future of Gas: Here at Cadent we support the Government’s plans to reach Net Zero by 2050. That means we’re backing the introduction of hydrogen as a low carbon alternative to natural gas for the future. We know people love the controllability of gas and, with our network already in place, it makes sense to switch to the lower carbon alternative offered by hydrogen, which we believe can keep homes and businesses warm for generations to come.

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