Surgo Construction has appointed North Shields-based, Carney Consultancy (Carney), as its preferred health and safety consultant. Working on behalf of the main contractor, Carney’s team led by senior health and safety consultant, Sarah James, is providing a holistic approach to ensure Surgo, and its supply chain, are fully compliant. Putting the health and safety not only of its own operatives but that of its supply chain and other visitors to its sites has always been of the utmost importance to Surgo’s board of directors. Speaking about the decision to appoint Carney, which is a fast-growing consultancy that is well regarded across the North East, Surgo’s pre-construction director, Martin Blight, said: “Carney Consultancy has a proactive approach when it comes to offering health and safety advice. We appointed the firm because of its experience in the construction sector. “The team keeps abreast of changes to policies and procedures, provides up-to-date knowledge on funding opportunities, and is always on hand to offer compliance guidance. As a conscientious contractor, the safety and well-being of our employees is our number one priority, so the added value that Carney provides is of great benefit to us. “We are working on a range of projects across the North East as main contractor and the external support provided by Carney Consultancy adds further depth of resource working alongside our in-house team. Current on-site projects include a £2.3 million contract with Dame Allan’s School, Newcastle, where a two-storey extension is being constructed and Surgo is carrying out a significant refurbishment of the school’s sixth form centre. On behalf of North Tyneside Council at St Peters Pavilion in Wallsend, work is ongoing on a new sports hub at St Peters Playing Field (west), including a new sports pavilion, clubhouse, and multi-use community space. Further works include a new 3G artificial grass football pitch, across the 6.8-hectare site, new site fencing, car parking and other ancillary facilities. The contract value is £2.6 million and the contract with North Tyneside Council is being hailed as a first-class venue for football and rugby. Mr Blight continued: “The team at Carney is also supporting us on site in Yarm, where we are currently constructing 21 five-bed executive homes on the former Tall Trees night club site in Yarm. The contract value is £9 million.” This latest appointment is good news for the consultancy as continues to grow with a strong order book.  Carney recently won regional acclaim, winning the people development award at the Constructing Excellence North East Awards earlier this year. It was also awarded gold in the commitment to employee training and development category at the G4C North East & Tees Valley Awards. Adding her thoughts about the appointment, Sarah James, commented: “It is always great to be appointed based on your credentials and reputation. We have already built a strong working relationship with the site management team at Surgo Construction who we meet with monthly. “We are also managing Surgo’s subcontractor database to ensure that any company wanting to work with the contractor goes through pre-qualification questions, that we provide. “It is always good to work with companies who are receptive and put quality workmanship and their employees as a top priority.”