ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL: MACDUFF HARBOUR SLIPWAY REDEVELOPMENT

This was a project to modernise Aberdeenshire Council’s harbour slipway at Macduff to replace outdated equipment and methods of work and accommodate larger vessels. It was also intended to help reduce a decline in business at the harbour which was occurring because of the decommissioning of fishing boats and a trend for larger vessels to be employed which could no longer be serviced at Macduff because of their size.

Employment in Macduff is heavily dependent on fishing and the associated industries, and there were concerns that if the slipway facilities were not upgraded that boats would go elsewhere for repair and maintenance and jobs in the town would be lost. There was therefore a strong economic case for the project.

The works included widening of the slipway entrance and boat repair yard, the provision of four new vertical arm boat handling cradles each with a capacity of 350 tonnes, installation of a new main haulage winch in a purpose built building, and the provision of a new side haulage system. The total cost of the project was £3.93m.

The modernisation of the slipway achieved a number of objectives. It significantly reduced the risk to those working on the slipping of boats, and lessened the time taken to transfer boats from the water to the repair bays. The number of cradles increased from one to four, thus negating the need to support boats on the slipway by timber props. Cradles also had increased capacity, and the layout of operations allowed improved working space around the vessels. Overall, the efficiency of the boat slipping operation has been significantly improved and this has allowed the ship building and repair industry to remain in Macduff.

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RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL: RENFREWSHIRE SCHOOL WATCH

The School Watch project is a multi-agency initiative involving: the Renfrewshire Council Anti-Social Investigations Team (ASIST), Renfrewshire Wardens Service, Strathclyde Police, Building Services and Education & Leisure Services. Its aim is to reduce vandalism and antisocial behaviour within school grounds during school holiday periods. Tactics include: posters being circulated reminding people that schools are covered by CCTV, targeted patrols by wardens and police officers, visits to janitors of those schools most at risk from vandalism and anti-social behaviour, and mail shots to residents who live near schools to ask for their co-operation in reporting incidents of vandalism and anti social behaviour. The most recent results from the summer 2009 School Watch programme show that vandalism and anti social behaviour in school grounds is down on average 15% across Renfrewshire with some areas experiencing a reduction of up to 30%.

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WEST LOTHIAN COUNCIL: NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN CAMPAIGN

NETs and Land Services are responsible for the management and maintenance of all parks, grounds, gardens, open spaces and external environment areas throughout West Lothian. The way our environment looks, feels and is used by people is key driver for our service and keeping the environment clear of litter, rubbish and other damaging or dangerous materials is very important to us. In April 2008 and 2009 we took part in the Keep Scotland Beautiful National Spring Clean. Our team of 18 Environmental Wardens – first introduced in 2006 to help tackle environmental crime as well as educate and encourage local communities to look after their own environment – took the lead in organising and managing the project by inviting every school, primary and secondary, in West Lothian to take part in the scheme. Invitations were also extended to community groups and voluntary organisation to widen support for the initiative.

Ultimately NETs and Land Services wanted to increase awareness of local environmental issues, educate and show the local community the part they could play in creating a sustaining a clean and enjoyable environment for all. The motto of our Environmental Wardens is “Play Your Part” and one of the aims of this project was to help further promote this message and show people how they can ‘play their part’ in protecting their local environment. We put a large focus on encouraging and educating local children about environmental issues and teaching that by each of them taking a little responsibility for their local environment they could make a difference to the appearance of their streets, their villages and their towns.

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GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL: MATERIAL RECLAMATION FACILITY

Glasgow City Councils Materials Reclamation Facility (MRF) at Polmadie is responsible for processing newspapers, magazines, paper, cans (food and drink) and plastic bottles that have been collected via collection schemes from households (single households and flats) and from public recycling points. This material is separated through a process of mechanical and manual separation and is sent to reprocessors to be made into other products. The plant aims to promote sustainable development; environmentally, by diverting waste from landfill, financially, by creating an income stream from sale of recyclate, reducing landfill tax and avoidance of private sector gate fees and socially, through the provision of jobs and education. In 2008-09, the MRF contributed to Glasgow achieving a 20% recycling rate.

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THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL: REVISED CARBON MANAGEMENT PLAN IMPLEMENTATION

To date, the Highland Council have reduced carbon emissions from buildings by 14.2% since 2005, avoiding £1.4 million in energy costs. The revised Carbon Management Plan sets out projects and actions to reduce carbon emissions by a further 12% by 2012, and will ensure that carbon management is embedded across all Service operations and decision making processes. More importantly, it will act as a catalyst to promote further action to reduce emissions and associated costs, and influence external parties in Highland to do the same.

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PERTH & KINROSS COUNCIL: THE DUNNING PRIMARY SCHOOL PROJECT

This project has delivered a striking new-build primary school with the retention of the existing fine Victorian school house within a relatively small site on the edge of the picturesque village of Dunning. The delivery team set out to produce a building which would set new standards in energy efficiency whilst fully meeting the educational and community requirements of the Client’s brief. As well as incorporating sustainable design and energy conservation measures the building offers a sustainable community education facility fit for the 21st Century. One of the primary challenges for the Design Team was to retain the ‘village within a village’ ethos of the existing school campus whilst ensuring accessibility for all users. From a visit to the new school it can be seen that this issue of identity and familiarity has been achieved through the variant design of the elevations and roofscape to break the overall mass down into easily identifiable units.

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THE CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL: FIT FOR FUTURE INITIATIVE – CREATING THE SUSTAINABLE HEADQUARTERS – WAVERLEY COURT

At the City of Edinburgh Council we are committed to achieving sustainability objectives. To us, sustainability means much more than environmental protection. It is also about social inclusion, supporting local economies and public amenities and developing high quality, healthier working environments. Commissioning a new headquarters enabled us to dispose of properties that were no longer fit for purpose. This made it possible for us to create a truly sustainable building in every sense of the word and stimulated the regeneration of key city centre sites.

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