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Safety awards double celebrated by Newport homes team

The construction team from partnership housing developer Lovell delivering a landmark housing development in Newport are celebrating winning their company’s regional and national Health and Safety Awards.

The awards double recognises an exceptional safety performance over the second quarter of 2017 by the Lovell construction team at Loftus Garden Village, which is a 250-home development for affordable housing provider Pobl Group. The high-profile scheme is dramatically transforming a brownfield site – formerly occupied by the Pirelli Cables factory – near the city centre with stylish contemporary homes in a modern garden village setting.

The site team at the Garden Village were selected from Lovell developments across the UK to win the company’s regional and national awards.

Left to right, Kate Rees; agency site manager Steve Hembrow; telehandler operator Karl Parry; regional health, safety and environmental advisor Jamie Peach; site manager Luke Morgan; regional health, safety and environmental manager Steve Brown; assistant site manager Lee Morgan; operations director Lee Woodfine and national head of health and safety Darryl Hammond.

Lovell national head of health and safety Darryl Hammond says: “Site manager Luke Morgan and his team impressed us with their proactive approach to meeting and maintaining the most stringent safety standards at the Newport development. They are focused on keeping health and safety management at the top of the agenda and have built a strong partnership with the subcontractors working on the project to ensure consistently high standards.”  The safety awards for the Lovell team at Newport follow on from the success of their Lovell colleagues working on a major housing refurbishment project in Bristol who won Lovell’s first National Health and Safety Award earlier this year.

Kate Rees, Lovell regional managing director for South Wales and the South West, comments: “I’m delighted that the expertise and commitment of Luke Morgan and his team working on this major housing scheme in Newport have been acknowledged. Ensuring the safety of everyone working on our sites and of the public is an absolute priority for Lovell. This achievement underlines the care, hard work and professionalism involved in keeping everyone safe.”

Lovell is currently working on the third and fourth phases of the Loftus Garden Village development for Pobl, having previously completed phases one and two. High-quality Arts and Crafts-inspired homes are set amid extensive landscaping with tree-lined streets as well as parks and kitchen gardens with a central green space creating a traditional village feel. As well as establishing a sustainable new community on the site which had previously lain empty for over a decade, the development has generated significant job and training opportunities through the construction programme.

The development site itself has played an important part in the history of Newport, having once been occupied by a World War 2 munitions factory. The Garden Village’s name pays tribute to local resident Ruby Loftus who gained fame in the 1940s when she was painted by war artist Dame Laura Knight carrying out her highly skilled job at the Royal Ordnance factory.