During the Summer break of 2021, Elliott Group were delighted to manage and deliver the Community Park Pond Deck Project in Swanscombe, Kent, with The Construction Youth Trust, in order to develop the skills of young offenders who were keen to improve their employability.
The Swanscombe Heritage Park is a 3.9 hectares geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. It contains two Geological Conservation Review sites and a National Nature Reserve and provides much-needed outdoor public space and green areas to the local community. Swanscombe Council was in great need of a safe and suitable decking area to surround a newly constructed public pond, situated within a shaded woodland area of the park. Due to the lack of direct sunlight and also the damp nature of the corner, the decking material would need to be made of a recycled composite non-slip decking material, in order to maintain long-term stability, and reduce rotting that would occur in timber boards.
Lacking in funding for the work, Elliott Group volunteered to deliver the project for the Council for free, as part of their ongoing commitment to add value and improvement to the communities within which they work.
The project also involved the local Youth Offending Team, who had a small group of young offenders (aged 17 years old) showing keen interest in a career within the construction industry. These young people were given the opportunity to complete the project works, under the guidance and supervision of the skilled Elliott tradespeople, who could mentor them through the process and equip them with valuable skills.
In return for completing the works, the boys were provided with fully funded CSCS and Health & Safety Level 1 training, in order to give them access to construction employment opportunities after the project.
Elliott Group were extremely proud to have enabled this project to go ahead, for the benefit of the trainees, as well as the local community who now gain the use of a safe new viewing deck at the park pond.
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The Elliott Group have long been an advocate of the Considerate Contractor Scheme and we are proud to have been awarded yet another Certificate of Excellence for our VHI project in Carrickmines, Dublin.
The Considerate Contractor scheme sets high standards for the construction industry in safety, appearance, respect for the community, protection of the environment and value of the workforce. At The Elliott Group, we have always strived to adhere to the Code of Considerate Practice and our ZeroRisk policy is a tangible statement to our clients, staff, subcontractors and third parties that we aim to operate on a ZeroRisk in the key areas of Safety, Environmental, Quality and Programme Delivery.
A significant milestone in Health and Safety was reached on this project in April when the team onsite celebrated over 40,000 manhours without incident. Our VHI Site team also visited Ballyogan Family Resource Centre, which is a not-for-profit community-based organization about 1.5km away from our VHI Carrickmines site. As they rely heavily on the support of local people, we were delighted to recognise their efforts and donate one of our Fogging Disinfection Machines to their Creche.
As members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, we are continually looking for ways in which we can raise our standards to enrich the communities we work in and look forward to many more opportunities to do so in the future.
None of this would be possible without the experience and dedication of our tried and trusted teams working on the VHI Carrickmines project and throughout all our projects in Ireland and the UK.
At the Elliott Group, we embrace our corporate responsibilities. We are committed to supporting and making a difference, to help and strengthen communities in need.
At the Elliott Group we believe that success is not solely measured by financial results, but by the manner in which we conduct our business. Our company is built upon strong values and ethical practices. That’s why our management team are committed to maintaining the highest standards of responsible corporate behaviour and improving the quality of life of local communities and society in general. The Elliott Group sponsor many local charities and local clubs including:
The Lions Club
Niall Mellon Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Cavan
Cavan Rugby Club