The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has presented Berkeley Group with the prestigious Diamond Award in recognition for an "outstanding corporate contribution to raising safety standards across the residential building sector".
The rare accolade, which has not been awarded to any company or project since 2012, recognises those that "set a new standard against which others should be measured".
Judges praises Berkeley's "impressive track record (which includes five consecutive sector awards) to drive forward safety standards across the sector as a whole, offering a model for all higher-performing entrants to emulate."
The Diamond Award win also reflects Berkeley's contribution to "the development of Safer by design, a ground-breaking framework for the design of new homes..."
This year's award ceremony also saw Berkeley St Edward scoop two top awards; Winner of the Construction Housebuilding & Property Development Sector, and Highly Commended in the Sir George Earle Trophy.
The commendation secures Berkeley St Edward's position as the runner up across all industries in 2020, beating some 2,000 submissions from 40 different countries.
Errol Taylor, RoSPA Chief Executive, said "The Diamond Award is a significant achievement of which Berkeley Group should be justifiably proud. Going beyond current legal requirements, garnering praise from government and adoption within the social housing sector too, Safer by design is a truly ground-breaking project, and an exemplar for those looking to lead the way when it comes to safety."
The RoSPA Awards programme is the largest occupational health and safety awards programme in the UK. It recognises organisation's commitment to continuous improvement in the prevention of accidents and ill health at work, looking at entrants' overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
Find out more at www.rospa.com/awards