The GRITS


We’ve received some fantastic nominations for our quarterly recognition scheme The GRITS in Area 12.  These awards are about living our values and the standards and quality of nominations is always high demonstrating our people stepping up, thinking of and supporting others and showing real commitment to getting the job done.

Our latest The GRITS winner has been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the scheme we’re working on at Scammonden to install new fencing and extend the safety barrier.

Congratulations to Andy Hibbert, winner of our quarterly individual award this time.

Andy has been nominated by Luke Selwood, A-one+, Construction Manager and Mark Ramsden from Highways England for supervising the technically challenging and prominent, 120-foot-high Scammonden Bridge scheme.

Andy has dealt with technical and safety challenges throughout this scheme as well dealing with several customers in crisis. He and his team have undoubtedly saved lives.

In addition, Andy has won ‘safety observation of the month’ twice this year.

He’s also successfully completed his NVQ Level 3 undertaking coursework in his own time and passed his temporary works coordinator course. His standard of diary entries and scheme information handovers are of exceptionally high standard. He also supports other areas of the business when needed over and above his scheme commitments.

Well done Andy

Our individual runner up is Sam Chambers nominated by Keith Scott for volunteering and carrying out additional supervisory tasks to cover annual leave. Sam carried on with his own role while supervising and coordinating all the inspection routes as well as actioning issues. A first-class attitude supporting the business.

Our team winner goes to the 4 x 4 team Chris Smith and Darren Wenham who went above and beyond to assist the occupants of 2 vehicles that had broken down on the M62. Nominated by Steve Wootton for placing the safety of other first while minimising disruption to other road users, their professional, thoughtful approach and quick actions help to avoid a potentially serious incident and significant delays.

Team runners up went to the construction delivery team for scheme delivery for the support they gave to the Darlington Design Office team during Covid-19 restrictions. Undertaking site surveys and visit on their behalf and feedback information, helping the design team meet its delivery commitments.

Other individual nominations include:

·        Mike Benn, nominated twice for going over and above with his project management on A628 and A1 (M) schemes

·        Becky Lloyd nominated for her commitment to ensuring facilities and resources are in place as well with a lot of work behind the scenes

·        Lewis Szanto recognised for making incredible progress since joining the structure team as an apprentice, an outstanding team member who recently achieved a full suite of distinctions in his Level 3 Civil Engineering studies – well done Lewis

·        Pat Johnson praised for adapting ways of working to ensure internal audits can take place ensuring we retain certification

·        Nicola Penistone nominated for readily taking on additional tasks and helping a colleague set up a workstation from home

Other team nominates include:

 ·        Kevan Chambers and the M62 Scammonden team nominated for their achievements in design and delivery of this technically challenging scheme

·        IDT Team recognised for their commitment and tenacity in bringing planned and unplanned schemes to site during lockdown under added pressure

·        ICT team praised for their endless support and solutions in ensuring a smooth working from home transition, special mention to Gavin Capp for his personal support to quickly resolve issues

·         Darlington Design Office, Blue Team recognised for trialling and reporting back on various remote software solutions to benefit everyone

Well done to all our nominees

The standard of nominations is always high which reflects the positive contribution throughout our organisation but makes it more difficulty to win.