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Charities throughout West and South Cumbria are celebrating a £10,000 cash windfall – thanks to the top class safety performance on a Sellafield site project.
A 27 month programme to replace corroded sections of external cladding on the Thorp Receipt and Storage Facility kicked off on site in January 2010.
Shepley Engineers Ltd., which won the contract to carry out the work, agreed to launch a joint initiative with Sellafield Ltd., with funding provided by both partners, which saw charities benefit from the safe installation of the new panels.
The two companies chipped in £1.50 each for every four metre square panel safely installed.
And the installation (enough to cover two full sized football pitches!) was completed five months ahead of schedule, within budget and without a single accident or injury during the entire programme.
That means that the 10 organisations, all selected by members of the project’s workforce, will collect just under £10,000 between them.
The charities that have benefited are:
Henderson Suite (West Cumberland Hospital) - £1230
Egremont Rangers youth rugby - £1230
Young Carers (Whitehaven) - £1000
Woodlands Care home (Distington) - £1000
Mayfield School (Hensingham) -- £945
Hensingham Amateur Rugby League Club youth section -- £300
St Mary’s Hospice (Ulverston) - £1230
Sandside School, Ulverston -- £945
Maryport Cottage Hospital - £1230
Beechwood GP’s surgery (Workington) – £700
The panels need replacing because significant sections have suffered from corrosion between the aluminium cladding and the stainless steel structural liner trays.
Scott Sax, NMP Executive Director, Spent Fuel Management, said: “I am delighted with this team’s performance and achievement. It demonstrates early project execution without even a first aid case and with the work carried out over 100 feet in the air! This is precisely the kind of achievement that shows that Sellafield Ltd. can deliver in terms of top class performance and support for our local communities.”
Richard Deloughry, Sellafield Ltd Project Manager, added: “The successful completion of on site works, ahead of schedule and within budget, is due to the high standards of work and professionalism of all the project team members. It was also a real pleasure to be able to donate to the charities, due to the excellent work carried out by all on the project."
Alan Bowes, Project Manager for Shepley Engineers Ltd. said: “The team spirit and enthusiasm for working together demonstrated by all those involved has allowed us to deliver this project safely, to budget and ahead of schedule.”
Dr Ian Hudson, NDA’s Head of Programme for Sellafield, said: “It’s extremely encouraging to see that teamwork between all the organisations involved has paid off in such an impressive manner. Not only has the project itself been delivered ahead of schedule and within budget but there are tangible benefits for local charities too.”