Thank you to all our coronavirus heroes – the people who go the extra mile.
If you know someone who deserves a round of applause but is missing from this list, please email us or fill in the comments section below.
Reece (photo above) is a site leader on one of our project locations installing fibre-network cables for client G.Network in London. He buys shopping each day for a 90-year-old lady who lives near his worksite in NW8, to make sure she has all the essentials. When she mentioned that her TV set was broken, he donated and installed one for her.
Reece’s actions aren’t only helping a vulnerable elderly resident, they’re showing VGC and the construction industry in a really good light.
The civils supervisor for our client, G.Network, said: “Reece should be recognised for going above and beyond within the local community, and showing a positive representation of both VGC and G.Network at these challenging times.”
Rob is part of our team working for client Siemens on Network Rail Durham Coast. He’s taken on the role of social distancing monitor to protect everyone on site and their families.
The Siemens construction manager emailed VGC specifically to compliment Rob: “The feedback for him from site has been particularly impressive. He has taken the action to do works above and beyond what is required on his own initiative. The site he is working at is now fantastic.”
This followed a comment by Siemens senior management on how organised, clean and presentable the site was.
Operations director Richard Palin said “Rob is normally employed as a driver; at the moment he’s working as an industrial cleaner. As you can see, he has stepped up to the plate. Thank you, Rob, for your work to support VGC and all your colleagues.”
Hari and some of his friends are working together to deliver hot meals. They work a seven day rota between them, cooking and delivering meals to a care home, the local ambulance service, and homeless people in Essex.
By mid-April they had already delivered over 600 hot meals.
This photo sent in by Seb Borgers shows key influencer Mihai Gligor making sure the M25 emergency refuge area project worksite is kept clean and safe for everyone.
Client Skanska’s works manager commented: “Your site teams are producing an excellent job despite current conditions and restrictions. The sites were in excellent condition and all H&S measures were being employed.”
A14 ILT cleaning staff
Key influencer Rishi Khera sent this photo as a thank you to all the site cleaners on the A14 C2H project for their diligence.
They are doing extra cleaning, and paying particular attention to surfaces which lots of people touch, like the door handles of welfare units.
(This follows an ‘above and beyond’ award for the A14 section 4 maintenance team in October 2019.)
This photo is of Vasilii on night shift at Woolwich, about to start deep cleaning the office for the Crossrail Elizabeth line project workforce.
Staff on furlough
Thank you to staff members who agreed to be put on furlough, to help VGC to keep going. As projects reopen we hope to recall staff as soon as possible.
Office staff voluntarily taking a pay cut
Thank you also to VGC office employees who have voluntarily taken a pay cut. They are working from home, sometimes in challenging situations. The same staff heroes are also picking up extra duties, as they cover the tasks of those people who have been furloughed.
Everyone is working to support each other and the business, so we can come through the coronavirus pandemic as well as possible.