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February 2015

Issue 35



Robertson has spoken of the positive community benefits in registering their recent

project to build 36 affordable new homes in Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

Case study: Robertson

Robertson’s Bellsmyre Housing

Development has received high

praise from their Considerate

Constructors Scheme Monitor

for being at the “forefront of

the construction industry”with

innovative good practice involving

the community and workforce.

Not only did the site forge good

relationships with the local primary

school, creating an original learning

programme, Robertson Reporters,

but they also actively engaged

with the West of Scotland College,

developing a training area for

budding young builders.

Explaining how the site benefited

from being part of the Scheme,

Construction Manager Brian

Pettigrew said: “As with every

construction project in our

business, we knew that registering

the site with the Considerate

Constructors Scheme was the right

thing to do.

“The fact that our performance

is regularly monitored by an

experienced external auditor fits

in perfectly with our company

objectives, providing the necessary

assurance both to ourselves and

our clients that we are being

continually benchmarked against

our peers.”

He continued: “Our experience of

participating in this Scheme has

led to improved relationships with

site neighbours and the general

public, better welfare facilities for

staff, even safer sites, and greater

environmental awareness amongst

our operational teams.”

Robertson’s development of three

and four bedroom homes across

three sites in Central Bellsmyre is

the latest to be completed under

West Dunbartonshire Council’s

ambitious on-going house-building


Spacious and highly energy-

efficient, the new homes are

accessible to residents with

mobility issues and also meet

the Secured by Design UK police

security specifications, as well as

the Scottish Housing Standards.

Commenting on the innovations,

Scheme Monitor Andrew Agapiou

said: “Overall this is an exceptional

site, operating very near the

forefront of the construction

industry in terms of appearance

and the environment, in addition

to efforts to create a harmonious

working environment.”

Not without its challenges, the

three sites of the Central Bellsmyre

project were located in the middle

of busy residential neighbourhoods

containing two primary schools,

homes and local businesses.

Outlining the hurdles for

Robertson, Mr Pettigrew said:

“Traffic, noise and logistics all had

to be closely managed so that the

local community was kept safe,

well-informed and not unduly


“There were also major

environmental challenges

associated with the project; the

Knowle Burn runs deep below

ground on these sites and water

quality had to be monitored on a

daily basis.”

To tackle this, Robertson appointed

its own environmental champion

who worked closely with the

Scottish Environment Protection

Agency (SEPA). Strong relationships

were established and involved

SEPA giving a presentation to

school children for the ‘Robertson

Reporters’ initiative.

Commenting on the successful

project, Regional Managing

Director of Robertson, Martin

Smith said: “Developments such as

Bellsmyre play an important role in

sustaining the social and economic

well-being of communities.

“We have an ongoing commitment

to provide affordable housing

in the area and we look forward

to working with the council on a

number of projects in the future.”

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Robertson Group projects, visit

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As with every

construction project in

our business, we knew

that registering the site

with the Considerate

Constructors Scheme was

the right thing to do.