Chairman's Introduction

Photo of Robert BiggsIt’s incredible to think another year has nearly passed and people’s thoughts are turning towards what lies ahead for 2012.

However, 2011 has been just as eventful as any previous year and it’s very fortunate that the Scheme has been able to celebrate a number of milestones. The Scheme registered the 50,000th site and welcomed the 50th Associate Member, and this could have only happened because of the construction industry’s commitment to considerate practice. The National Site Awards were bigger than ever, with both the number of people attending, and the number of awards presented, at an all-time high. The awards serve as a great reminder of how far the industry has come and that even under difficult economic times, construction sites and companies all over the UK are continuing to raise standards.

While we’re on the subject of awards, the National Company Awards recently took place; the first of many to come. These awards are just as important as the National Site Awards and companies who specialise in repair and maintenance for example can create the same bad impression of the industry as a long duration construction site; so it is immensely rewarding to see so many companies taking considerate construction seriously.

As you’ll read in this edition of Industry Image, the Scheme is also enhancing Company Registration to allow trade contractors, and those working within the supply chain, the opportunity to register. This now allows every stage of the construction process, from the delivery of materials to the removal of waste, to be registered and monitored by the Scheme.

All that is left to say is that on behalf of the Scheme, I would like to wish everyone seasons greetings and a happy New Year, and look forward to what 2012 may bring.

Robert Biggs
Chairman, Considerate Constructors Scheme