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50,000 sites registered

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The Considerate Constructors Scheme has celebrated the registration of its 50,000th site.

Mulalley & Co.'s HFI Area 3 site near King's Cross in London has become the 50,000th site to register with the Considerate Constructors Scheme since it was launched 14 years ago. This was the 10th and most significant occasion on which the Scheme has celebrated a registration milestone; the first being the 5,000th registered site, back in 2002.

The £4m project commenced in October 2010 and runs through to July 2011, and involves the regeneration of a social housing scheme in central London.

Representatives of the Scheme, including all former Chairmen, met with the Directors from Mulalley & Co. Ltd and representatives from the client, Homes for Islington, to celebrate the occasion with the presentation of a commemorative plaque. Scheme Chief Executive, Edward Hardy, presented the plaque to Mulalley & Co.'s Director Eamon O'Malley at a brief ceremony also attended by Mulalley's Operations Director Bruce Benson.

Edward Hardy, the Scheme's Chief Executive, added:

"Following a record year for site registrations in 2010, we are delighted to have reached this significant milestone and it is particularly fitting that we should be celebrating this event with one of our founder Associate Members, Mulalley & Co. Ltd who have been huge supporters of the Scheme since their first site registration back in 1999, before becoming a founder Associate Member in 2003.

When the Scheme was launched in 1997 there was an obvious problem with how the industry was perceived by the general public and, in many instances, by the industry itself. Since then there has been huge progress in addressing this perception but the work is not yet completed and it is important that the Scheme continues to raise the bar in challenging the industry to even higher standards. Reaching 50,000 site registrations is an amazing achievement but we are now looking ahead to many more milestones in the future."

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Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy and Director of Mulalley & Co. Ltd Eamon O'Malley.

The original catalyst for the introduction of the Considerate Constructors Scheme was Sir Michael Latham's review of the construction industry in 1994 which identified a number of key areas for improvement including the need for the industry to better present itself to both potential clients and the general public. One of the first recommendations which emerged from this report and the subsequent review was the adoption of a Considerate Constructors Scheme aimed at encouraging Contractors to observe, and preferably exceed, minimum standards of consideration towards local communities, the general public and site operatives. When agreeing the policies that would govern the Scheme, chief among these was that registration would be voluntary and the emphasis would be on encouragement rather than regulation.

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Front: Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy and Director of Mulalley & Co. Ltd Eamon O'Malley. Back: Director of Mulalley & Co Ltd Bruce Benson and the site team.

Current Chairman, Robert Biggs, commented:

"Since the Scheme was launched 14 years ago, it has grown from a simple idea into a revolution that has changed the face of UK construction. With a clear and simple objective – to improve the image of construction – the Scheme has acted as a catalyst for delivering all that is best in considerate site practice across the UK. Attitudes and behaviour on sites have been transformed and many contractors now make an important and practical contribution to general community welfare, leaving behind a positive and friendly impression.

I'm delighted to see that the Scheme continued to grow in 2010 despite the industry's current recession and the difficult times we find ourselves in. The Scheme has been fortunate in developing at a time when the concept of corporate social responsibility amongst businesses and organisations has also been developing. We are one of the few organisations able to offer an independent view on a large part of a construction company's corporate social responsibility performance."

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Representatives from the Scheme, including former Chairmen, Mulalley & Co. Ltd and the client, Homes for Islington.

Bruce Benson, Director of Mulalley & Co. Ltd, said:

"We were delighted to be the 50,000th site registered under the Considerate Constructors Scheme and to join with representatives of the Scheme and all of the former Chairmen to celebrate this momentous milestone in the Scheme's history.

Mulalley have been committed to the Scheme since we registered our first site 12 years ago and since becoming a Founder Associate Member in 2003, we now register all our sites as part of our commitment to improving their image and reducing their impact on the communities within which we work."

Today the Scheme registers around 700 new sites a month and its team of over 130 Monitors carry out around 1,500 site inspections each month. The launch of Company Registration also now means that the Scheme can register any site or company of any size from across the UK and serves to increase the Scheme's influence on UK construction in its aims of improving the image of construction.

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