Kier takes a bite of the apple
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Housing and also in Environment
The Kier team pose with their 15 awards
Kier, the leading service and maintenance provider, has been recognised for its commitment to environmentally friendly practices, picking up two awards at the recent International Green Apple Awards held at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.
Amongst the haul of awards, the leading social housing service provider was awarded gold in the waste management category for its work to improve the Gosport Waste Transfer Station and silver in the same category for work minimising waste left in empty properties in North Tyneside.
The transformation of the Waste Transfer Station began over two years ago and boasts some impressive results, including; savings of £80,000 in waste going to landfill, a 43 tonne increase in reused waste, zero accidents, 100% increase in scrap metal recycling and 170 tonnes of recycled wood between 2011 and 2013.
Mick Jenkins, project lead at Kier, said: “Winning the Gold Award is the ultimate accolade following two and a half years of very hard work. It gives us international recognition and promotes the important work Kier and the council are doing to reduce our environmental impact. I hope other local authorities will follow in our footsteps and adopt this best practice.”
In North Tyneside, Kier manages more than 16,000 council houses and found empty properties were often left full of electrical appliances by previous tenants. Kier worked to minimise landfill and waste from the properties by partnering with a not-for-profit business. Together the companies repaired and salvaged electrical items and donated them to disadvantaged local families. In just four months, the scheme diverted more than 6,000kg of electrical items from landfill while generating money to reinvest into the business and the community.
Kier also won awards for innovative construction and property strategies, including gold for best practice in innovation. Its creative ways of preventing waste, including using street light columns as giraffe feeders, surplus aggregate for nature reserve trails and old first aid kits for animal charities, were highly praised.
Kier’s environmental manager, Simon Michie, said: “We work hard to provide the very best environmental service across all of our contracts and our raft of wins at these internationally acclaimed awards is a fantastic reward for the team’s efforts.
“We are dedicated to ensuring a minimal impact on the environment in all of our work, not just for the local communities we work with but also for future generations. We are passionate about our environmental success and will continue to strive to achieve the very best results on behalf of all our customers.”
The annual Green Apple Awards are held to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. They identify those who are improving their environmental performance or making a positive impact on the environment.
Kier Group won 15 awards on the night, across the construction, property and environmental arms of the company.