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September 2015

Issue 38

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COMPANY REGISTRATION

Quarter redevelopment.

Commenting on the unique

project, Stuart McCann said: “The

works were very high profile within

the city, being followed closely by

council leaders, councillors, local

businesses and members of the

public.

“This meant the company and its

activities were very high profile and

closely watched by all interested

parties as well as the local press.

“As well as ensuring the ‘basics’

were correct – site presentation,

employee awareness and ensuring

a safe site – we prepared for and

conducted a lot of interaction with

the local community.

“This included providing the

opportunity for members of

the public to conduct on-site

activities such as TV interviews and

‘ceremonial’ demolition activities.”

Outlining the challenges brought

about by the work, he said: “With

the demolition works occurring in a

busy shopping area, the challenges

came in the form of disruption to

members of the public and local

businesses, as well as ensuring

everyone was safe.

“As such, items of higher risk

demolition works were scheduled

to take place outside of normal

working hours to reduce risks and

minimise disruption.

“This included closely managing

vehicle movements to and from

the site. We welcomed public

interaction with our site team; the

passing public had many memories

of the building and chatted with

our site teams, which is a great way

of managing the public perception

of the works.”

Scheme Monitor, Patrick Dawson,

said the Golden Egg site gave

an “excellent impression” to the

public, with a well-controlled and

tidy works area, managed onsite

removals, screened facilities and

good company and CCS signage

displayed.

He also praised an “excellent

locally publicised ‘knock down the

building’ event”, which was staged

for the interested public.

Singling out other aspects for

praise, Patrick Dawson said there

were “good onsite monitoring and

systems to minimise noise, dust

and disruption, with monitoring

of the company’s carbon footprint

updated at six monthly intervals.

“All materials are returned to

the company’s recycling and

reclamation yard base, with

excellent recycling rates against a

99 per cent target.

“Good company workforce training

continues and company apprentice

support. The company continues to

promote the spirit of the Scheme

both on and off site, and to perform

to an overall excellent standard

with good introductions to new

initiatives.”

Asked if the Scheme could do

more to benefit or support the

demolition sector, Stuart said that

the only change that might be

helpful would be if the Scheme

scoring system took into account

the length of the project.

He explained: “Demolition works

are often of a short duration,

particularly in comparison with the

construction element.

This makes it challenging to

achieve higher scores due to the

limited time there is to interact with

the local communities.”

Outlining the Scheme’s positive

benefits, he said: “The Considerate

Constructors Scheme works in such

a way that the support and benefit

it gives to the construction industry

reaches every industry sector.

“It has helped us to focus on

meeting the needs of local

communities, as well as alleviating

their concerns.

“The more ‘good press’ the

demolition industry can generate,

the more it will help the image, not

only of demolition, but the whole

of the construction industry too.”