Demand for greater collaboration sees launch of Ultra Sites
New programme created to help increase collaboration and raise industry standards throughout construction supply chain
The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the national Scheme which is designed to improve the image of construction – has launched Ultra Sites, a new level of attainment to raise industry standards and collaboration amongst clients, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
The concept of Ultra Sites was developed in collaboration with Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd, which requested the Scheme to help create better collaboration across the industry. Ultra Sites are currently being piloted by a consortium of some of the country’s leading construction organisations comprising: Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd; Galliford Try Partnerships; Land Securities; Mulalley; Rydon; and The Berkeley Group Holdings plc.
The prestigious status of being an Ultra Site is awarded to those sites that take considerate construction to the highest level. This is achieved by stipulating that a number of suppliers and subcontractors engaged with a site are also to be registered with the Scheme – helping to further extend the benefits of membership for many suppliers that may not typically register with the Scheme. They are the sites which represent the pinnacle of achievement in exceeding the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice. Ultra Sites will receive regular monitoring and must commit to operating at the very highest standards across the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice.
Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy says: “We’re delighted to be an organisation spearheading greater collaboration across the industry. The construction industry is acutely aware of its need to work more closely together, and is increasingly realising the commercial, social and environmental benefits of greater integration. Ultra Sites are the next level of achieving even greater standards and collaboration across the entire industry.
“It means that we can extend our positive influence to organisations not typically registered with the Scheme. To date, over 85,000 sites have been monitored by the Scheme, and because the very nature of monitoring sites is on-the-ground, in real-time – we’re ideally placed to encourage and evaluate collaborative activities.”
Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association (CPA), a co-owner of the Scheme, adds: “The CPA commends the Scheme on the introduction of Ultra Sites. Improving collaboration across the construction supply chain is a central component of CPA’s role in promoting and campaigning for construction product manufacturers and distributors. Ultra Sites will help greatly in improving and promoting the positive benefits of the supply chain working together more effectively”.
Top left: The Berkeley Group Holdings plc, Goodman’s Fields. Top Right: Galliford Try Partnerships, Protheroe House. Bottom left: Mulalley, Haringey Major Works. Bottom right: Rydon, Phase 2B Green Man Lane.
About the Considerate Constructors Scheme
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image.
Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice. The Code commits those registered with the Scheme to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce.
The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment.
In January 2015, the Scheme introduced the Best Practice Hub, a comprehensive online resource showcasing best practice in the construction industry. The Best Practice Hub hosts a wealth of tips, expertise, guidance and case studies to help constructors learn from their peers and raise industry standards.
For further information, please visit www.ccscheme.org.uk
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