We are delighted to announce that Milestone Infrastructure has been shortlisted for five Highways Awards.

The first shortlisting is as part of the Oxfordshire Alliance for the Highway Partnership Award. This award is given to an organisation or highway authority that has driven a collaborative approach, designed to increase the benefits for society, or its local community. Milestone’s Oxfordshire team, working together with its client, Oxfordshire County Council, formed a contractual Alliance with Milestone’s key supply chain partners Aggregate Industries, Hazell & Jefferies, Colas, Drayton Construction and MJ Titchmarsh.

This Alliance Partnership has enhanced its collaborative way of working to deliver ongoing cost-saving efficiencies, with an additional focus on carbon reduction and social value. Its successful first year of delivery produced cost savings of up to 15%, carbon reduction of 13% against baseline, alongside increased apprenticeships, joint community projects and raising over £30,000 for local charities.

The second shortlisting is for the Site Safety Initiative Award. This award recognises businesses who have implemented a new initiative, development, or scheme to raise awareness of the dangers facing personnel while working in the highway’s environment. Milestone has been shortlisted for the rollout of its ‘It Starts With Me- Creating Safety Culture’ programme on its Oxfordshire contract. Focused on positive health & safety outcomes, ‘It Starts With Me’ works to move away from the traditional reactive health & safety practices and culture. The programme has achieved a fantastic result in zero lost time injuries on this contract, meaning no injuries that have resulted in time off work, over the past year.

We are proud to announce that the third shortlisting celebrates Macy Richards, finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category. Macy, a degree apprentice who works on Milestone’s Highways Partnership Contract for Oxfordshire County Council, has been shortlisted for her incredible enthusiasm, communication skills and initiative, highlighted by her leadership of the Graduate and Trainee Forum.

The fourth and fifth shortlisting are for the Major Project Award and the Environmental Sustainability Award, for Milestone’s work with Oxfordshire County Council on its North Oxford Corridor (NOC) project. The project is a collaboratively developed highways improvement scheme, to promote the use of public transport and non-motorised transport along the arterial route into Oxford city centre from the North. This project engaged stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions, in line with both Milestone Infrastructure’s and Oxfordshire County Council’s ambitious carbon targets. The increased engagement resulted in a total reduction of 2,388 tCO2e, which equates to a 37% reduction to date when compared to the project baseline.

Speaking on being shortlisted in five categories, Richard Lovewell, Business Director for Milestone’s Oxfordshire contract, said: “It is a great honour to have been shortlisted alongside some amazing projects. It highlights the great things that Milestone can do when delivering for our clients. To be recognised for putting safety first, driving the sustainability agenda, our amazing graduate programme and pushing the boundaries of collaboration with Oxfordshire County Council is an achievement in itself.”

The Highways Awards aim to champion the highways heroes who keep Britain moving. The event will take place at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London on 11 October 2023.

Congratulations to everyone involved and best of luck.

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