The builders of the new bottling plant for Buxton Mineral Water have won a prestigious national award.
Contractors Pochin Construction Ltd, which is behind the plant at Waterswallows Lane, won a Gold Award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
The annual awards, run by the Scheme, recognise the highest levels of consideration and care shown by construction sites throughout the UK towards their neighbourhood, the public, site staff and the environment.
Only 77 UK sites achieved the gold standard this year from over 7,000.
Chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, David Watson, said: “Once again, and despite these tough times for our industry, many sites have not only maintained standards, but surpassed what has been achieved in previous years.
“I congratulate all those who have been nominated for an award and for their contribution towards improving the image of construction.”
In their citation, the award judges noted the extensive creation of new wildlife habitats by the site team.
Excavated rock was crushed and recycled on site while voids were used for other excavated materials.
An extensive archaeological dig across the site discovered artefacts from the Neolithic era, and these were passed to Buxton Community School with the assistance of the Buxton Heritage Society.
The extent and combination of environmental initiatives was described by the visiting Scheme Monitor as “truly exceptional”.
Extensive community involvement included visits from schools and universities, with site placements for students from Derby University.