Costain Group plc

07/01/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/30/2020 23:39

HS2 Enabling Works contract continues to pave the way with a leading-edge response to a global pandemic

01 July 2020

With over £500m delivered so far, the HS2 Enabling Works contract (EWC) has identified a leading-edge response to the global pandemic as a key part of the programme's continued success.

The Costain Skanska joint venture (CSjv) team has responded exceptionally to the challenge and recently achieved further key milestones as they deliver their mission to create the platform for the construction of HS2.

Neal Carter, deputy programme director, said: 'I am immensely proud of the successes the EWC team have contributed to in the past few months and how this has enabled the ongoing delivery of the EWC. The level of focus and ingenuity from everyone in the face of adversity has been outstanding. Looking back in years to come, the whole team will see how the experience gained on the contract, generally as well as in response to the pandemic, has helped to shape and accelerate their career.'

CSjv's team have led the way in terms of a behavioural response embedding Cultural Behaviour Management (CBM) techniques in the planning and delivering of the works. Driven by a dedicated team from across multiple disciplines, they developed an industry leading change programme across all their operations. It's no coincidence therefore that HS2's first media visit since the pandemic started was at CSjv's Old Oak Common site, which was specifically chosen because HS2 were confident in CSjv's collaborative approach to managing the situation and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Des Roy, head of safety, health, wellbeing and environment, outlined the approach saying: 'We said from the onset of the crisis that behaviours would be critical, and immediately increased our resources from the CBM team to ensure we had the very best support. We knew it wouldn't be good enough just to provide an antecedent and say in our plans to stay 2m apart and wash your hands, we knew we needed to create an environment where these behaviours could be performed reliably.'

Bryan Williams, works superintendent led the operations team on the ground and said: 'The team have done a fantastic job in setting up sites that support our new working environment. We've had great feedback from the 400+ site team and the visitors we have had for embedding a regularly evolving risk assessment process seamlessly. It's great that we've been able to deploy some thermal monitoring cameras from our team based at Costain's new technology centre in Worle to add an extra layer to our protection against importing the virus too.'