Leading building and civil engineering firm Mildren Construction has been awarded a prestigious civic award by Wiltshire Council. The work which saw major improvements to Salisbury Market Place has been given a Salisbury Civic Society Conservation Award, which was presented at a special ceremony last month.
Wiltshire Council asked for the local people to put forward ideas to rejuvenate the key area in the city and these 1,500-plus responses were formulated in consultation with a Market Place working group.
The project saw the area transformed by creating a pedestrianised area, resulting in a large open space to be used for events, drawing people to the city all year round. Local people and business owners also suggested the type of lighting and seating they wanted to see featured.
Salisbury Civic Society’s report on the scheme declared the decision to remove all parking “was applauded as a brave one which had taken some courage” while simultaneously providing easy access as a busy thoroughfare which the space had desperately needed.
Dave Stokes, quantity surveyor at Mildren and communications manager on the project, said: “This has been an incredible project to work on and we are delighted with the smooth communications between all parties. We were constantly in close liaison with local people and are delighted with the outcome of what was a challenging job.”
Mildren has become one of the South’s leading construction and civil engineering firms by combining industry expertise, local knowledge and a willingness to think innovatively. Based at Hurn, Christchurch, work comprises projects up to £10 million in value, for both public and private clients.