Aarsleff Ground Engineering had a great evening at the well-attended East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards 2019, where we picked up an award in the ‘Civil Engineering Project of the Year’ category, as well as receiving a highly commended for our entry in the People Development Award. We were also proud to have sponsored the ‘Health and Safety’ Award, with our STEQ Manager Robert Speakman handing over the trophy to the deserving winner.
Aarsleff took home the award for Civil Engineering Project of the Year, for the fantastic ground engineering work complected in October of last year in Rochdale. We were awarded the design and build ground engineering contract for a new 200,000sq ft retail and leisure centre. We helped the main contractor change the piling method undertaken for the project, which helped accelerate the programme quicker than anticipated. When our team encountered an onsite problem due to unforeseen obstructions, Aarsleff proposed a piling solution that helped to overcome the issue in a quick and cost-effective manner. Completing a number of different ground engineering services for the client, we worked collaboratively with the contractor, sharing resources to improve efficiency.
We were also highly commended in the People and Development category for the work we do in creating a culture that inspires and encourages the next generation of leaders. Recruiting employees with the necessary ‘key skills’ became increasingly difficult for the company, so we took the decision in 2015 to establish our own Graduate programme and develop the talent we need to take the company forward.
Allowing our graduates exposure to all areas of the business (accounts, commercial, operations, plant, estimating) provides each individual with a good knowledge base in how Aarsleff and geotechnical businesses in general work. Two of our graduates who came through the first set of programmes are now Senior Contracts Engineers and permanent members of the Aarsleff team. With the uncertain UK economy, the construction industry needs many talented people at all levels as well as a flow of new people to ensure it doesn’t falter. Aarsleff Ground Engineering are keen to bridge the generational gap at work and encourage greater mentoring between young people and their leaders through our own development program titled ‘Young Talent’. In 2016 when it was first launched, the Managing Director’s from our European sister companies nominated 3-4 hard-working staff members to represent at the annual event. The YT network motivates participants to evolve within the Aarsleff organisation, expand their development and travel Northern Europe all at the same time. Establishing our own Graduate scheme alongside other great initiatives like Young Talent, we hope is enough to inspire other companies to follow suit.