Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire Police and the National Memorial Arboretum are counting down the days until they find out if their Crowded Places project to make the arboretum even more secure, has scooped a CIHT award for Security in the Public Realm.
The awards, run by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT), is an opportunity to reward the achievements of those working in the transport and highways sector, and to promote professionalism and best practice to a wider audience.
Lichfield District Council managed the Crowded Places’ project, working closely with the National Memorial Arboretum and a team from Staffordshire Police.
The project involved making a full security assessment of the arboretum and applying to the Home Office for funding. After the recommendations were approved, a series of measures - such as installing vehicle barriers, CCTV and training staff - were put in place.
Martin Evans, Detective Superintendent for Staffordshire Police, said: “The works have made this site more secure and will help the arboretum to continue in its development, allowing many more events of national and international importance to take place.”
Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “We are all delighted to have been nominated for this award. The council’s building control team worked hard to manage and implement this project. It is a great example of partnership working - achieving value for money, while using solutions that will help to protect the many visitors that come to this iconic site.”
Charlie Bagot Jewitt, Chief Executive of the National Memorial Arboretum, added: “Our partners deserve great recognition for the work they have done in making the arboretum a safe and secure site for our many thousands of visitors. This project ran smoothly and efficiently, and we’re very pleased with the results.”
The judges will choose the winner based on whether the project demonstrates originality and innovation, effective planning and design, partnership working, and more.
The Crowded Places team has a nail biting wait until the winners of the nine categories are announced at the CIHT Awards ceremony, which is taking place in London at the Honourable Artillery Company on 15 June.
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