Scudder Demolition is principal contractor on the project to demolish and remediate the former Ford Dagenham Stamping and Tooling Operations plant on behalf of client, Dagenham Dock Ltd (St Congar).

Giving back to the local community

In keeping with the Careys’ commitment to taking care of people and the environment, every Carey Group company, as well as our registered charity, Careys Foundation, consistently aims to positively impact the communities we work in and around.

At Ford Dagenham, we kept up this important tradition by supporting several local institutions and residents, including:

Lending a helping hand at Richard House Children’s Hospice

Richard House Children’s Hospice provides palliative care to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Over the course of the Ford Dagenham project, the site team have helped to raise an impressive £22,000, through a number of charitable initiatives, for this vital facility. Additionally, we have donated our skills and resources to help support the hospice, by carrying out timber works, installing hard landscaping for the carpark and painting the exterior of the building.

Giving primary school students an insight into the construction industry

We hosted students from the local Green Marsh Primary School on a series of site visits, in order to offer them a first-hand view of the realities offered by a career in construction. During these exclusive tours, pupils had the opportunity to ask questions, learn about the history of the project and get a close-up look at our innovative and highly sustainable soil washing plant.

In addition, during the summer months, we held a flower bed design competition for the students. Judging by the entries, this event sparked a great deal of creative flare in many of the pupils. The top three finishers received prizes, which included a new bike, a football kit and complementary activity day tickets. Plus, we brought their winning designs to life by planting them on the site.

Once the school term finished, we helped prepare the school for a new academic year by carrying out painting and decorating works, and delivering hard and soft landscaping works on parts of the playground.

Helping to support local talent

The former Ford Dagenham Stamping and Tooling Operations plant holds tremendous historical significance and has attracted the interest of several people from the community, such as local teenager, Steve Walpole, who is autistic.

Over the past three years, we’ve been thrilled to support Steve as he expressed his passion for the project in creative ways. We welcomed him to the site once a week, taking him on guided walks across the premises, so that he could capture elements that he then transformed into pieces of art. For example, Steve built a perfect scale Lego model of one of the original buildings that we had demolished as part of our scope of works. The attention to detail and internal finishes that this model displayed were truly remarkable.

Local artists, Joshua Law and Catrin Bailey, were also fascinated by the former plant, and the project to redevelop it. The pair approached us in 2017 with the idea of documenting the site and preserving its memory, through their own creative practice. Throughout the duration of the project, Joshua and Catrin dedicated considerable time to investigating and exploring the history of the facility. During their multiple, information-gathering visits to the site, the duo took the opportunity to collect scrap materials and other items of interest, which they incorporated into their work, culminating in a two-month exhibition at the nearby Valance House Museum.

Their resulting prints, sculptures, photographs and paintings on the topic collectively capture the essence of the development, as well as pivotal project milestones, such as the exact moment that we commenced works to demolish the structures and regenerate the land for future use.

Careys Foundation supported Josh’s and Catrin’s artistic efforts by helping them to purchase the materials they needed to create their artworks, as well as the frames to display them in. Additionally, Careys marketing and communication team offered assistance with the planning and delivery of the exhibition.

A catalyst for change

On the Ford Dagenham project, we’re thrilled to have been able to give back to the community – not only by transforming and remediating the former stamping and tooling operations plant – but also by contributing our skills and capabilities to worthy local causes and organisations.

At Careys, our commitment of taking care of each other and those around us has been instilled in us by our three founders – ever since they first established the Carey Group in 1969. 50 years later, we still continually strive to raise the bar across the industry, both through our insistence on consistently delivering high quality works and our dedication to providing respect, consideration and support to the neighbourhoods and people around us.

In a testament to our extraordinary level of community engagement at Ford Dagenham, we received a silver National Site Award from the Considerate Contractors Scheme in 2019. We also won the Environmental Innovation of the year award at the British Demolition Awards held earlier this year.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Awards are one of the most admired accolades within the UK and Irish construction industry. They recognise Scheme-registered sites, companies and suppliers that have demonstrated the highest levels of consideration for their local community, environment and workforce.

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