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34

February 2015

Issue 35

SCHEME ADVOCATES

The housing association – one of

southern England’s largest – first

registered with the Scheme in

2000 and has since signed up

over 100 of its sites, continually

striving to ensure best practice for

its communities, workforce and

environment.

Commenting on the long-term

benefits of being part of the

Scheme, Development Policy

Manager Emma Reynolds said: “One

of the key benefits is just peace

of mind. As a housing association

we are very much aware of

our responsibility to the wider

community, and we keep this in

mind when procuring construction

contracts.

“We are keen to ensure that our

contractors treat their employees

and the public with respect, but we

would not be able to monitor this

ourselves.”

She added: “Membership of the

CCS is an easy and effective way

of managing our contractors’

performance. We receive thorough

reports from the sites that are

visited, giving us a good idea of

how the contractors manage health

and safety, neighbour relations and

so on.

“These are circulated to our

management team and help

us to form an overall picture of

contractors’ performance, which

may influence future tenders.”

Southern Housing Group, which

owns and manages an impressive

portfolio of 28,000 homes for over

67,000 residents, has enjoyed a

long-term close relationship with

the Scheme, becoming a Client

Partner over six years ago.

Client Partners are companies that

make an on-going commitment

to improve the image of the

construction industry by

encouraging all of their main

contractors to register with the

Scheme.

Its track record in excelling in the

Scheme’s Code of Considerate

Practice has been recognised at the

CCS National Site Awards, which

honour the UK’s most considerate

sites.

Southern’s most recent accolade,

a Silver Award in the 2012

National Site Awards, was for

its Lewes House project – the

design and build of 24 homes in

a very sensitive area of the East

Sussex town by contractor Denne

Construction.

Praising the site for its considerate

credentials was Scheme Monitor,

Philip Garland, who said of Site

Manager Graham Rye: “Again, you

have demonstrated your desire to

achieve a very considerate site. You

acknowledged that this project

was very sensitive and would be a

challenge to manage.”

Client Partner case study:

Southern Housing Group

A mission to uphold good practice led to the Southern Housing Group Ltd forging a

long-term partnership with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

From left to right: Paul Smith, Operations Director, Southern Housing Group Ltd;

Graeme Syme, Contractors Manager, Hill Partnerships Ltd; Marvin Imonioro, Site

Manager, Hill Partnerships Ltd; Jeremy Barkway, Regional Development Manager,

Southern Housing Group Ltd

Membership of the CCS

is an easy and effective

way of managing

our contractors’

performance.