A Keighley construction site has scored top marks for the considerate way the work is being carried out.

Work at the Keighley campus of Leeds City College has been ranked in the UK’s top one per cent for considerate working methods.

Leeds-based BAM Construction was praised by independent assessors, the Considerate Constructors Scheme, who visit more than 1,000 sites across the UK every month.

They scored the company’s management of the site at 37.5 out of a possible 40, achieving exceptional status and placing it in the top two per cent of all UK sites.

Maximum marks were given for the environmental measures at the College’s new building. BAM has recycled more than 95 per cent of materials and waste.

The company measures its carbon emissions and conducts energy audits, segregates its waste, has advanced technology for preventing water pollution, and its plant is designed and operated to minimise the noise for neighbours. It uses several water and light-saving devices.

Jason Pink, BAM’s project manager, says: “This site, next to a railway, in a busy main artery route to the town centre, was previously used for industrial purposes. That produces pollution. We’ve cleaned up the site and put permanent measures in place to reduce this for people using the college.

“The view at BAM is that how we build matters as well as what we build. We also try to ensure the local community and businesses are kept informed of progress and how our work may affect them, in order to reduce our impact as much as possible.”

The CCS inspection report also praised BAM’s use of local sub-contractors and materials on site.

Jason adds: “During the life of this project, more than 1,000 workers will have been on site. When possible, we like to use local workers because a construction project can often be a significant source of local employment and greatly benefit the local economy.”

Andy Allison, director of estates at Leeds City College Keighley Campus, says: “On behalf of Leeds City College I would like to congratulate Jason and all his colleagues at BAM Construction for this tremendous performance.

“This outcome reflects the supremely professional approach to the new college campus project and is a case study in how a major project can be managed with the minimum impact on and maximum benefit to the local community”’ The new Keighley campus is due for completion in December.