A leading civil engineering firm has been recognised at a prestigious industry award for its work on a helicopter base linked to an offshore wind farm.
Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK was shortlisted in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North West’s awards for best small project under £5m.
Jones Bros designed and built the £4.2m helicopter base in Barrow-in-Furness, which enables helicopters to transport technicians to and from Walney Extension, one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms.
The ICE awards recognise excellence and imaginative concepts in civil engineering practice across the North West Region.
The ceremony, which was due to be held at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester, was moved online due to the coronavirus and social distancing measures.
Garod Evans, contracts director at Jones Bros, said: “We feel proud that our hard work has been recognised by leaders in the industry, which further reinforces the skills and dedication of our employees.”
Garod also praised the team for working collaboratively with its client Ørsted, a global leader in offshore wind.
He added: “Our early involvement allowed us to work with Ørsted to design out risks and deliver the project within budget. We also worked together to ensure flight operations continued safely and unaffected by construction works.
“The project was delivered with zero lost time accidents and on programme using a combination of our in-house resources and carefully selected specialist sub-contractors.”
Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros’ leadership team consists of members of the second and third generations of the founding family. It employs more than 400 people.
The company runs an award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which has produced more than 40 per cent of its current workforce, with many of its senior managers having started out as apprentices or in a trainee role. It has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years.