SPELLER Metcalfe – who have been contracted work on the Chard Regeneration Scheme – have received recognition for being a “considerate constructor”.

The site was visited by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and was marked as “excellent” or “exceptional” in five key areas: site appearance, community, environment, safety and workforce, before receiving an overall score of 43 out of 50.

Chard Regeneration Scheme, which focuses on regenerating the Boden Mill site in the centre of town, is set to provide a leisure centre with a five-lane swimming pool, as well as housing and commercial developments.

Recently published South Somerset District Council documents suggest the scheme could cost up to £16million.

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Speller Metcalfe have been working “tirelessly” to ensure they were meeting the CCS standards.

Mark Hudgeon, regional director at the company, said: “It is fantastic to receive this recognition for our Chard Leisure Centre project team, especially having scored so highly in every category.

“Since March we have all had to adapt to new ways of working, and the Chard team led by our Project Manager, Rich Monk - alongside all our Speller Metcalfe sites - have been working tirelessly to ensure we are meeting and where possible exceeding CCS standards, with the health and safety of our workforce and the wider community our top priority.”

The CCS is an independent organisation who raise standards in the construction industry. The said the regeneration scheme site was a “shining example of best practice”.

Councillor Jason Baker, portfolio holder for Chard Regeneration, said: “We are really proud that the contractors working at the Regeneration site, Speller Metcalfe, have achieved such a highly respectable score and are considered a shining example of best practice.

“It shows that as an organisation, South Somerset District Council really values how contractors operate and this is highly considered when tendering and procuring contracts.”

The scheme is set to complete towards the end of 2021.