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Securing a long-term commitment to the Scheme was a natural step for

community-focused housing association First Wessex, a Client Partner.

September 2015

Issue 38

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SCHEME ADVOCATES

The Hampshire-based association,

which manages around 20,500

properties across Hampshire and

south-west Surrey, recognised the

Scheme as sharing its own values

with respect to the community,

workforce and general public.

It registered its first site with the

Scheme in 2002 and has enjoyed

a close relationship ever since,

becoming a Client Partner over four

years ago.

Regional Development Manager

and Procurement Strategist at First

Wessex, John Macklin said: “First

Wessex has always worked with the

local community and saw the work

of the Scheme as being a natural

extension to this, so we made it

policy that all of our developments

should be registered with the

Scheme.

“At First Wessex our mission is

working with our customers to

develop communities to be proud

of. The work of the Considerate

Constructors Scheme (CCS) in

improving the image of our

construction sites and the impact

on our neighbours is therefore an

integral part of our approach to

development.

“Our Corporate Social

Responsibility (CSR) Policy

includes working with our local

communities to maximise training

and skills opportunities to increase

employment and promote

community safety, all of which have

close links with the CCS.”

Asked about the added value of

being a Client Partner, John said:

“By registering as a Client Partner,

we are able to demonstrate our

commitment to the Scheme to

all our partner contractors and

developers.”

First Wessex has registered over

150 of its sites with the Scheme

to date, pledging to help improve

the image of housing association

construction by abiding by its Code

of Considerate Practice.

The five-point Code is designed

to encourage constructors to

perform over and above statutory

requirements in respect of

considering the neighbourhood,

general public, workforce and

environment.

One of its award-winning sites,

70 Privett Road, a two-bedroom

bungalow on the outskirts of

Fareham in Hants, scooped a

Bronze Award at the Scheme’s

National Site Awards in 2014.

Impressed with the project which

was situated on a small site in a

busy residential location, Scheme

Monitor, Jem Musselwhite said:

“The contractor has risen positively

to the challenges this presents and

has created a site which represents

the very best in construction.

“The site appearance is of an

exceptionally high standard and

provides a thoroughly professional

and positive image of the industry.

“There has been good engagement

with the local community to date

and good relationships are clearly

being forged by the site manager

with those affected by the work.”

Commenting on First Wessex’s

highly praised project, Mr Macklin

said: “Our project in Privett Road

was a single home developed in

partnership with Fareham Borough

Council on the site of a disused

shop, which the borough council

could not let.

“The whole project team worked

closely with local residents

throughout the project. This project

was the first to be completed by

our own contracting subsidiary,

First Wessex Homes Limited, so

to win an award was particularly

pleasing.”

First Wessex currently develops

around 300 homes per year,

ranging from small sites of one or

two homes to major regeneration

schemes such as Rowner in Gosport

and North Town in Aldershot, that

transform local communities.

The Scheme is an extension of

our ethos, says First Wessex