Aspire Defence wins Outstanding Contribution Award

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Awards 2013

(l-r) Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire; John Langdon, Licensed Bat Worker, ADCW; Gee Shankar, Sustainability Advisor, ADCW; Mike Lockwood, External Works and Surveys Manager, ADCW; Amy Longworth, Sustainability Advisor, ADCW; Dr Gary Mantle MBE, Director of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) has received the Outstanding Contribution Award at this year’s Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Corporate Green Awards.  Held at the STEAM Museum in Swindon, the regional awards were presented by Mrs Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire. 

Sustainability has been a clear driver for ADCW from the outset which brought together a broad team of sustainability and environmental practitioners with specialists in sustainable design, environmental management in construction, sustainable procurement, ecology and landscape assessment.  This has not only ensured that the key contract obligations in this area have been delivered but has also generated ‘added value’ with staff and community engagement projects. 

The Corporate Green Awards were established in 2008 to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice in Wiltshire businesses.  The Trust’s Director, Gary Mantle, congratulated the winners by saying, “I was delighted that so many companies participated.  It speaks well of the business community and its commitment to sustainable business.  This year, I was particularly pleased that the Outstanding Achievement Award was awarded to Aspire Defence Capital Works.  I hope this galvanises them and other companies across Wiltshire and Swindon to continually strive to incorporate environmental business practices.”

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Aspire Defence Wins Gold

CCS Logos 2013

Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) has received three Gold and two Bronze awards through the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Site Awards along with two runners-up for Most Considerate Site.  This tremendous achievement marks the pinnacle of seven years of construction during which ADCW has accumulated 21 Bronze and Silver awards through this prestigious Scheme. 

With little more than a year left of construction, ADCW’s sites at Aldershot, Larkhill and Warminster were awarded Gold with two national runners-up awards for Most Considerate Site also being awarded to Aldershot and Warminster. 

Commenting on this year's awards, Scheme Chairman David Watson said, “Once again even throughout these tough times for our industry, many sites have excelled in not only maintaining standards, but surpassing what has been achieved in previous years. The award ceremonies are an excellent showcase for these sites, and give the industry the opportunity to reward those site teams that have gone that extra mile. I wish to congratulate all those who have received an award.”

CCS Awards 2013 - Ald Tidworth

Above - The ADCW teams from Aldershot and Tidworth collect their awards.

Below - The ADCW teams for Larkhill and Warminster collect their awards.

CCS Awards 2013 - Lark Warm

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PFM annual awards 2012

Aspire Defence Services (ADS) has won an award which recognises all the hard work of the last few years.  The award highlights the way in which ADS works with the customer and the core values – a customer focus based in a strong partnering relationship. 

The prestigious PFM (Premises and Facilities Management) Awards have been running for 19 years.  They recognise best practice in partnering between service suppliers and their clients.  At the glittering annual awards ceremony in London in November, ADS won the award for the category ‘Partners in FM – Secure Facilities’.

Commenting on ADS’ success the judges noted a partnership that addressed all aspects of the task in hand in a collaborative way.  The judges further recognised that their approach to problems is to share them openly with the client to achieve an effective solution and they highlighted ‘a very proactive approach to understanding the needs of the client and converting these into service delivery’.
ADS Wins at PFM Awards

Graham Blow, Managing Director for Aspire Defence Services and Andrew Mathewson, Project Manager for MOD Project Allenby/Connaught, receive the award from presenter, Gaby Logan and award sponsor, Gary Watkins of Service Works Group


Considerate Constructors Scheme Annual National Site Awards   

CCS Award logos

2011 marked the best performance to date for Aspire Defence Capital Works with four out of five of its active projects being recognised through the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Site Awards – making 11 national awards in total.  This time Aldershot, Bulford and Warminster construction projects received a Silver Award and Larkhill the Bronze Award. 

These awards are given to only the highest scoring 7½% of sites monitored by the Scheme.  From some 8,500 eligible sites, 655 received Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards. 

Robert Biggs, Chairman for the Considerate Constructors Scheme commented that 2011 saw a new record in the number of awards presented which was a testament to the ongoing commitment within the construction industry towards ever improving standards and the evolution of best practice initiatives. 

CCS Awards 2012

ADCW from l-r:  Richard Tindal, Senior Project Manager for Larkhill and Warminster; Nick Ludlow, External Works Manager for Warminster; Simon Burkitt, Construction Manager for Larkhill and Warminster; Peter Caddock, Environmental Manager; Richard Baker, Section Manager for Larkhill; Rhod McGregor, Senior Project Manager for Aldershot; Mike Boon, Project Director; Sam Parish, Construction Manager for Bulford; Russ Couston, Senior Project Manager for Bulford and Perham Down; Derek Gibson, Building Services Manager, Aldershot.


Green Apple Environment Awards

Launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation, the Awards are well established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world.  Aspire Defence Capital Works entered these Awards for the first time in 2011 and were shortlisted under Environmental Best Practice, gaining a Green Apple Award for 'Best Building and Construction Partnerships' at a ceremony held at the House of Commons. 

Green Apple Award

L-R:  Gee Shankar, BREEAM/Sustainability Advisor for ADCW; Chris Hopkins, founder of Ploughcraft, the UK's biggest solar panel installer following investment from both Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis from Dragons’ Den; Peter Caddock, Sustainability Team Leader for ADCW


Salisbury Civic Society New Buildings Awards Scheme

The Awards Scheme began in 1993, targeting either new buildings or work to existing buildings with the objective to find ‘quality’ which sets them apart. 

The junior ranks dining centre at Bulford designed by Scott Brownrigg and KBR and constructed on a trade package basis, formed the basis of the entry from Aspire Defence Capital Works and earned a commendation from the judges.

JRDC Bulford

Above:  The Junior Ranks Dining Centre at Bulford

Below: The winners from the 2011 Salisbury Civic Society Awards at the Guildhall in Salisbury (picture courtesy of Salisbury Newspapers

Salisbury Civic Society Award


British Safety Council

Both the Health and Safety, and Environmental teams for Aspire Defence Capital Works were put through rigorous inspection to earn their respective British Safety Council’s Five Star Audit Awards.  Huge achievements in their own right, both teams were then successful in the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards respectively – one of only three organisations globally to win both awards in 2011. 

Lynda Armstrong OBE, British Safety Council chair, said, “My warmest congratulations to the winners.  Your success in winning the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour is testimony to your organisation’s and your employees’ commitment to achieving and sustaining the highest standards of health, safety and environmental management.  The tremendous knowledge and competence that you have applied in managing key business risks is rewarded and recognised.” 
BSC H&S Sword of Honour

Above: Michael Ward, Works Director, ADCW (now retired) receives the Sword of Honour from Alex Botha, Chairman, British Safety Council

Below: Peter Caddock, Sustainability Team Leader, ADCW, receives the Globe of Honour from Alex Botha, Chairman, British Safety Council

BSC Env Globe of Honour


British Construction Industry Awards

The prestigious British Construction Industry Awards recognised Aspire Defence Capital Works with a highly commended in the Best Practice category.

The BCI Best Practice Award is for projects which involve processes adopted to understand and meet client needs; support team working throughout; and maintain continuous improvement.  The judges said, “A hugely worthwhile upgrade of vital facilities for Britain’s soldiers.  Despite the huge scale and scope of works, the project was delivered on time and ahead of schedule and with an excellent safety record.  The Aspire Defence team has delivered to the Army a project with which they are delighted.” 

BCI Award

Photo caption: L-R: Grant Findlay, Managing Director, ADCW; Colonel Duncan Whiting, Deputy Project Manager, MoD Project Allenby/Connaught; Michael Ward, Works Director, ADCW (now retired)

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Aspire Defence Capital Works won a Silver award in the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011 which recognises the health and safety initiatives that have been successfully embedded within the organisation.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, a safety charity, launched its awards programme 55 years ago. The scheme looks not only at accident records, but also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s Awards Manager, said, “RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition. ADCW has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of an award.”

RoSPA silver award

Martin Kerlogue SHEQ Manager (right) receives the Silver award on behalf of all staff and contractors working with ADCW from Ian Walker, RoSPA Trustee


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Annual Awards 2010

Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) has won the South West Regional Award in the Sustainability category with what the judges described as “an exceptional sustainable project”.
The RICS Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievement, and in so doing encourage best practice in the conservation and enhancement of our built and natural environment.  ADCW has been recognised for its many sustainable initiatives such as: energy monitoring; green energy systems; water efficiency; rainwater harvesting; sustainable urban drainage; and protection of bats, birds and badgers.

ADCW’s winning entry will now go forward to the RICS International Awards which will be announced in October 2010.

Considerate Awards


Considerate Constructors Scheme Annual National Site Awards 2010

Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) were recently honoured with Silver Awards for both Tidworth and Bulford construction sites and a Bronze Award for the Aldershot site.

These national site awards are given to around the highest scoring 7½% of sites from around the UK, which have completed their work during the previous year. The awards recognise sites’ excellent standards of consideration towards their workforce, their neighbours and the environment. Some 580 winners were selected to win a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award from over 7,600 eligible sites.

European Risk Awards

Run by Strategic Risk magazine, Aspire Defence Capital Works were finalists in the Enterprise-Wide Risk Programme of the Year category.  This category received a record number of entries from across Europe including public sector, transport, pharmaceutical, retail, insurance and construction organisations.

Whilst ADCW did not win the category, it was peer reviewed and considered to be one of the top three enterprise risk management programmes in Europe for 2009.  This is an outstanding achievement, especially as it is the only construction organisation to make the shortlist and competed directly with candidates from more risk mature market sectors such as pharmaceutical and public sector organisations.

PPF Award

Project Allenby/Connaught scooped three major accolades at the Public Private Finance Awards 2008

Public Private Finance Awards 2008

Project Allenby/Connaught scooped three major accolades at the Public Private Finance Awards 2008.

These prestigious awards are sponsored by Public Private Finance Journal and are awarded for innovation and excellence in the Public Private Partnerships industry.

The judges, who included senior executives from the Ministry of Defence, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Audit Office amongst others, awarded Project Allenby/Connaught three titles:

  • Best Operational Defence Scheme
  • Best Government Agency Team award
  • The Grand Prix award ‘Best Operational UK Project’

Peter Smart, Chief Executive of Aspire Defence Limited said: “The three awards are a significant accolade which recognises the excellent work being delivered by Project Allenby/Connaught as well as the working relationship between the MoD and Aspire Defence. This is a huge achievement and a great credit to everyone involved at Aspire Defence, in the MoD team and at our parent companies, KBR and Carillion.”

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Construction Industry Awards 2008

Construct Industry Awards

Project Allenby/Connaught scooped the Environmental Leadership Award at the 2008 Construction Industry Awards.  Sponsored by Contract Journal the awards recognise outstanding business performance throughout the construction industry - companies who have made a step change in their approach to construction through a product, process, innovation, design solution or project, or combination of these.

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Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Corporate Green Awards 2008

WWT Awards

Aspire Defence was highly commended in the Environmental Impact Award category for its environmental initiatives at the inaugural Corporate Green Awards held in October 2008.

Sponsored by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust the awards recognise companies for making a positive impact on the environment in Wiltshire either by sustainable design or construction of the built environment; management or conservation of the land or environment; or corporate environmental behaviours.

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Award for Project Redstart

Aspire Defence Services Limited takes the runner-up position in the Sustainability Project category in the Defence Estates' Sanctuary Awards 2008 with Project Redstart, which raises funds for conservation projects from the sale of bird boxes made from recycled construction wood waste.

Aspire Defence Capital Works Scoops Two Top Sustainability Awards

Sustainability Awards

(l - r) Mr S Muttsinovic from Fulcrum Consulting (sponsors for this award), Nick Kirwan, Jon Atkinson, Lorna Russell, Peter Caddock and Denise Chevin, Editor of Building magazine

Project Allenby/Connaught the £8bn PFI project provides modern, high quality, fully serviced and purpose built living and working accommodation for 20% of the British Army, received a further endorsement of its progress when Aspire Defence Capital Works scooped two awards in the Building Sustainability Awards 2007. The awards gained were for the ‘Sustainable Development of the Year’ and ‘Best Sustainability Initiative for the Public Sector’. 

These are the industry’s leading awards recognising outstanding sustainability achievement and environmental excellence and were held at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

Members of the Aspire Defence team, including Peter Caddock, senior environmental manager together with Steve Arthur, pre-construction director were presented with the trophies by comedian and author Clive Anderson. Aspire Defence has been contracted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver high quality modern, sustainable living and working accommodation for 18,700 soldiers who are based in garrisons across Aldershot and around the Salisbury Plain area – helping to make soldiers’ lives better.

Sustainability Awards

(l - r) Clive Anderson, Steve Arthur, Mr J Sweet of ILevel Trust Joist (sponsors for this award) and Denise Chevin, Editor of Building magazine

Sustainability covers a wide range of issues and is embedded in the heart of the project in all its design, construction and service delivery elements. Solutions have been developed with local authorities, Natural England and others and include low  carbon energy technologies, measures to reduce energy and water consumption; bio-diversity; wildlife protection; encouraging economic regeneration and local employment; ensuring staff are well protected and minimising the impact construction activity has on local communities. Aspire Defence has designed a range of new buildings that are being constructed in energy efficient ways. From modular units, where each block of 36 man flats can be built in just 12 weeks, to installing solar panels to provide energy that will reduce the cost of heating, we have included an array of ways to provide sustainable solutions. The solar panels provided on new buildings will have a floor area equivalent to Westminster Abbey.

Reducing energy consumption is key to Aspire Defence. New buildings are being fitted with rainwater harvesting systems and we manage the UK’s largest energy and water metering programme, with over 800 buildings being monitored. Each year 4.5 million toilets will be flushed with rainwater collected on site. That’s enough rainwater to fill 10 Olympic size swimming pools.

Minister for Defence Procurement (Min (DP)) Acquisition Award

Project Allenby/Connaught was awarded a Minister for Defence Procurement (Min (DP)) Acquisition Award, acknowledging Excellence and Endeavour in Defence Acquisition.

The Project was also presented with the Min (DP) Special Award for Outstanding Achievement. Project Allenby/Connaught was recognised for the way in which a very complex contract was negotiated, for its innovative approach to partnering and for the way in which a very challenging procurement programme has been initiated.

The Minister of State for Defence Procurement, The Lord Drayson, presented the awards.

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