Gildersome based firm strikes gold

RoSPA trustee Jocelyn McNulty presents the gold medal award to Lovell regional health and safety advisor Matthew Jarvis.

RoSPA trustee Jocelyn McNulty presents the gold medal award to Lovell regional health and safety advisor Matthew Jarvis.

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A local property developer specialising in affordable housing has won a top award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Safety-conscious Lovell has been handed a gold medal in the Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2015 after impressing the national charity.

The honour recognises the Gildersome firm’s performance at its construction sites and offices across the region, and is the ninth consecutive year Lovell has received the medal.

“The RoSPA awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management.

Organisations that gain recognition for the health and safety management systems, such as Lovell, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them,” said awards manager David Rawlins.

The company is involved in regeneration projects in areas including Skipton, Hull, Doncaster and Bradford, and is also working on a £20million scheme to improve housing association Chevin’s stock across Yorkshire.

“Health and safety is an absolute priority for Lovell. It’s great to see this acknowledgement of the continuing professionalism and hard work of our health and safety team, our site and office staff and our sub-contractor partners who have all contributed to this achievement,” added Lovell regional director Robert Adams.

The Skipton project will see 57 family homes built close to the town centre, with 12 of them classed as affordable. In Bradford, all 21 units on the Ripley Street development site will be socially rented to tenants.

Representatives from Lovell received the medal at a ceremony at the Metropole Hilton Hotel in Birmingham.

Lovell employs 1,400 staff spread across seven UK regional offices, including Leeds. The company first built affordable homes in 1972 as part of a partnership arrangement.