Amazing success in 2018 with much more in store for 2019!

The Scheme’s Chief Executive Edward Hardy outlines the year’s key achievements and what’s to come for the Scheme during 2019 and beyond.
What a year 2018 has been for the Scheme, with a range of powerful initiatives and campaigns that have helped our industry achieve higher standards across Scheme-registered construction activity in the UK and Ireland.

A commitment to improve considerate standards right across the supply chain is one of this year’s biggest achievements – with the phenomenal growth of Ultra Sites sitting at the very heart of this progress. Launched just 18 months ago, Ultra Sites have seen a meteoric rise, with a diverse range of contractors and clients now expecting to meet Ultra Site status. The inaugural national Ultra Site Awards, held in July 2018, recognised the outstanding efforts of these pioneering sites that are at the forefront of industry best practice. We look forward to increasing uptake of the Ultra Site model and for continued growth of engagement with our industry’s supply chain; setting the standard for collaborative working in UK construction.

In 2018, the Scheme launched the ‘Promoting Construction’ campaign to help create a greater presence of positive images of our industry on social media. We’ve seen great success from those registered with the Scheme posting, liking and sharing inspirational images and stories related to our industry on social media using the hashtag #loveconstruction. But it doesn’t stop there; we as an industry must keep driving this campaign, as we know how important and impactful social media channels are in helping to show how outstanding, inspiring and important our industry is.

The ever-popular character Ivor Goodsite continues to inspire the next generation with the 2019 Ivor Hoarding Competition taking place for the seventh time. In 2019, there will be some interesting twists in the competition – so keep an eye out on Ivor’s social media and website to find out more. Of note, in 2018 sites and companies registered with the Scheme positively engaged with over 43,000 young people to promote a positive image of our industry.

There are many other successes and milestones achieved in the past 12 months, including the popularity of the Construction Map, which has now received over 160,000 views. We are also immensely proud of our Best Practice Hub that continues to go from strength to strength; with over 1.5 million views and in excess of 21,000 e-learning courses taken in the year.

There’s so much more we can do together next year and further ahead to make our industry more considerate and to push the boundaries of best practice. We look forward to working with every considerate constructor and the wider industry to achieve these goals.

On behalf of the Scheme, I would like to thank everyone involved in supporting the Scheme’s mission to improve the image of our industry, and I wish you all a very successful and enjoyable 2019.

Edward Hardy
Chief Executive

2018 Annual Review

The Scheme has published its Annual Review reflecting upon the successes of 2018 and looking forward to all that is to come this year and beyond.

The Scheme’s Annual Review includes the phenomenal growth of Ultra Sites and the launch of the first Ultra Sites Awards.

Alongside this, the Scheme celebrated the continued success of the Best Practice Hub with its award winning ‘Spotlight on… women in construction’ campaign and its informative e-learning courses.

Click here to enjoy the 2018 Annual Review