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Minister visits Ware headquarters

Staff at the head office of the Considerate Constructors Scheme recently welcomed the Rt Hon. Mark Prisk MP for a tour of their premises at Hoe Lane, Ware.

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From left to right: Chief Executive of the Scheme Edward Hardy shaking hands with Mark Prisk and Scheme Chairman Robert Biggs.

In addition to being constituency MP for Hertford and Stortford, which covers Ware, Mr Prisk is also Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, and therefore has a particular interest in the Scheme and its operation. He was greeted by Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, and Chairman Robert Biggs.

During the tour, Mr Prisk met various members of staff responsible for the Scheme’s operation and learned of its origins and how it has developed since 1997. Today the Scheme is a recognised force for improvement within the construction industry, whose membership includes the UK’s foremost construction and civil engineering companies, as well as many smaller independent enterprises.

The aim of the Scheme is to improve the image of construction in the UK. This is achieved through the voluntary registration of building sites and companies with the Scheme, who are then monitored by industry professionals, on their performance in consideration towards the general public, the workforce and the environment. The best performing sites and companies are recognised by the Scheme’s annual National Awards, the winning of which is now one of the industry’s most coveted achievements.

Mr Prisk learned how the Scheme’s network of over 130 Monitors is managed through the head office, and how the annual awards programme is conducted. He also learned of the success of the Scheme’s latest initiative to encourage smaller contractors, and in particular trade contractor companies, to register with the Scheme and receive the same benefits that the Site Registration initiative has bought to the industry over the past 14 years.

Commenting on the visit, Mr Prisk said: “The Scheme is not only a success for Hertfordshire, but nationally as well. UK construction leads the world in the consideration it shows during the construction process, setting the standard for others to follow. Membership of the Scheme is now a tendering condition for a large number of publicly and privately funded projects and I would encourage all sites and companies to register.”

Chief Executive of the Scheme, Edward Hardy, added: “We are delighted that the Minister was able to visit our office, and we are very grateful for his enthusiastic support for our achievements and our objectives. We look forward to developing a greater relationship with Mr Prisk, and the Government, and thank the Minister for his support for the Scheme and for his desire to want to see all aspects of the construction industry registering.”