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December 2015

Issue 39



which will add value to the project

and leave a positive, lasting legacy.”

One of the challenges the project

faced was ensuring effective

communications within a

multilingual workforce, and the

implementation of user-friendly

practices to ensure a common

understanding of health and safety


John explained: “A number of

measures were put in place

including translation of written

information throughout the

site, pictorial information, and

permanent on-site interpreters

covering multiple languages.

“A buddy system for working

in teams and opportunities to

improve language skills was also

developed and implemented

formally through local colleges,

and informally through local

community networks.”

GBHP’s considerate environmental

practices were even highlighted by

NetRegs – the partnership between

the Northern Ireland Environment

Agency (NIEA) and SEPA (Scottish

Environmental Protection Agency)

for their best practice videos.

NetRegs provides free

environmental guidance for

businesses throughout Northern

Ireland and Scotland and features

best practice videos on its website,

including this GBHP project.

Commending a variety of

environmental initiatives

introduced on site was Scheme

Monitor Brian Maguire who praised

the wildlife-friendly installation of

bird houses, seed and fat balls, and

bat boxes.

He also applauded eco-friendly

steps such as installing a de-silting

unit on site and arranging daily

road sweeps to prevent siltation of

drains. Noise monitors were placed

on site and recordings made,

with on-going vibration and dust

monitoring carried out.

Asked how he felt the Scheme

was improving the image of

construction, John said: “By

focusing on improving the

appearance of the site and

employees, the perception and

experience of external visitors must

be considered, along with GBHP


“A supportive and caring

environment for the workforce

cannot be achieved without the

input of the operatives themselves;

this was achieved through steering

groups which ensured the high

standards of welfare provided were

respected and maintained.”

“An understanding of the local

community is essential in order

to make improvements which are

relevant and positive for them. In

this way the Scheme is improving

the image of construction, not only

visually, but through a number of

good practices resulting from a

collaborative approach.”

GBHP praised the Scheme’s website

for its comprehensive resources on

best practice as well as the in-depth

reports from the Monitor site visits

which provide useful feedback and


Asked if he would recommend

registration to other organisations

in his sector, John said: “Yes – and

the Scheme core values have been

taken on board by both of the joint

venture partners.”

Summing up GBHP’s experience

of registering with the Scheme, he

added: “Since registering with the

Scheme, GBHP have experienced

many positive impacts across our

project at the Ulster Hospital Site

that will be incorporated into all

future projects.

“Registering with CCS has

encouraged us to reflect and

continually improve on our

practices, and in turn, achieve

various external awards for our

good practices.”

Looking to the future, John said

he hoped the Scheme would

continue to provide knowledgeable

Monitors to guide and share

valuable information on potential

improvements, to be disseminated

across the industry.