page 11 – improvements win awards

improvements win awards

Three projects carried out as part of County Durham Housing Group’s £138m investment programme have picked up national awards.

Home improvement projects in Brandon, Sherburn Village and Bishop Auckland have all picked up accolades from the Considerate Construction scheme. Refurbishment specialists Engie, carrying out the improvement programme on behalf of the group were handed the awards.


The Considerate Construction scheme is a nationwide initiative aimed at promoting responsibility, respect for communities and best practice across the construction industry. The voluntary code requires contractors to keep residents affected by any work informed, to minimise the impact of projects on nearby homes, and to support the local community. It also focuses on protecting the environment and ensuring the safety of the site.

Engie won a top ‘gold award’ for work to the exterior of County Durham Housing Group properties in Brandon. A ‘silver award’ was also given to the work on homes in Sherburn Village. Both awards

were handed over to site manager Graeme Dougherty.

In Bishop Auckland, work to improve homes in Watergate estate picked up a ‘bronze award’, handed over to site manager Brian Bedford.

County Durham Housing Group Investment Programme Manager, Kim Tillotson, said: “We ask our contractors to maintain the highest possible standards when working in our communities. These awards are evidence that Engie are doing just that. The awards for all three sites are the result of dedication by Graeme and Brian, and they are very much deserved.”

Engie was awarded the £138m contract by County Durham Housing Group following a competitive bidding process based on value for money and quality. The company, formerly known as Keepmoat Regeneration, has a long and successful track record of working in the area and extensive experience of delivering major projects, while minimising disturbance to residents.

Pictured above, left to right: Graeme Dougherty from Engie and Kim Tillotson from County Durham Housing Group in Brandon.