Community Engagement Initiative of the Year
This award recognises a tunnelling team that has gone beyond the expected standard to engage with the community where the scheme is being delivered.
Judges will be looking for project teams that can demonstrate an understanding and recognition of the importance of working with local communities. These teams will have not just have sought to mitigate the impact of construction on the community but provided true outreach to create a legacy for the local community.
Initiatives that would be encouraged would include examples of effective engagement with local schools that serve to improve understanding of the importance of tunnelling projects; working with colleges leading to opportunities for local employment on the project; or working with affected local community groups that have demonstrably led to an improved solution that lessens the impact on the community.
Evidence should demonstrate how the project team:
- Recognised and actively engaged with a community
- Had a clear understanding of the community’s needs, the implications the project had on the community and how these were mitigated to create a positive impact
- Valued the provision of excellent community service
- Have left a positive legacy in the community
- The repeatability of the initiative on future projects
Judges will be looking to understand the drivers that led to the initiative being launched and the cost implications/benefits of the concept. Details on any longer-term impacts prompted by the initiative and why this initiative goes beyond normal practices should also be included.
Entries should relate to projects where the community engagement initiative was deployed between January 2019 and July 2020.