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Government support

Since the Scheme was formed in 1997, all government ministers involved in the construction industry have voiced their support for the Scheme. The Cabinet Office has also published a document titled Common Minimum Standards for procurement of the built environments in the public sector, which outlines the requirement for all public sector construction work to be registered with a good neighbour scheme such as the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

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Dr David Hancock, Construction Team Director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

The Considerate Constructors Scheme plays an invaluable role in improving the image and performance of the construction industry. At this important time in our industry, improving the image of construction will help contribute to us being able to attract the top talent we need to deliver on our commitments.

By being good neighbours, our industry can leave a positive legacy for the local communities our work impacts. A safe, clean, environmentally friendly, and neighbourly site enhances the experiences for clients, constructors and the local communities.

Encouraging government departments to become Client Partners with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, shows how they are leading by example by being committed to ensuring the highest possible standards are achieved through their contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

Cabinet Office

Government Construction Common Minimum Standards

The Common Minimum Standards document for procurement of the built environments in the public sector set out the relevant mandatory standards which construction project team members in Government should implement.

Clients are to include within all contracts involving construction a requirement for their constructors to be registered with a suitable site management / good neighbour scheme such as the Considerate Constructors Scheme and to comply with the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice.

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Mystery Shopper Scheme

If a public sector construction project is not registered with an appropriate site management / good neighbour scheme, you can inform the Cabinet Office through their Mystery Shopper Scheme.

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Local Government Group 

Local Government House
Smith Square
London SW1P 3HZ

Tel: 020 7664 3000
Fax: 020 7664 3030

The Local Government Group and the Considerate Constructors Scheme have published an advice note for local authorities.This note sets out the key components of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. It focuses on the role local authorities can play in supporting and promoting the Scheme in addition to fulfilling their statutory duties. This will help ensure success through constructors (and all those involved in a construction project) improving care for the environment and improving the quality of life for people living and working near construction sites.

Allow for registering the site or company with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, including the appropriate fee, and for using best endeavours to comply with the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice.

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Previous Minister quotes

Nick Boles, Former Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

I support the efforts of the Considerate Constructors Scheme – since it began in 1997 it has contributed towards a radical improvement in the image of the construction industry.

With the support of some of the largest contractors, clients and industry bodies, the Scheme has enabled people to benefit greatly from construction projects that not only respect and support their communities whilst in operation but leave behind lasting legacies.

The Industrial Strategy for Construction, Construction 2025, set out a clear need for the construction sector to improve its image, and I would therefore encourage all relevant construction activity to be Considerate Constructors Scheme registered.

Michael Fallon, Former Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is shaping UK construction into a more considerate industry, one that engages with its community, supports and develops its workforce, and better protects the environment.

Construction companies and sites registered with the Scheme strive to minimise any negative impact that construction activity may have on neighbourhoods, while leaving behind long-lasting benefits that enhance communities.

This is important. The requirement for organisations to register with an appropriate good practice scheme is a feature of the standards the Government has set out for construction procurement.

I commend the Scheme for the good work it has done for our industry, and I support their ongoing efforts in improving the image of construction.

Ian Lucas, Former Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform

It is encouraging that participation by construction businesses in Considerate Constructors Scheme continues to grow. The Scheme logo we see on so many site hoardings shows that the project partners care about the local community they operate in, and are committed to the Scheme’s ‘Code of Considerate Practice’.That sends a strong, positive message about the industry as a whole, and reflects a good practice approach that I would recommend to all construction businesses.

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Ian Pearson, Former Minister for construction

The Considerate Constructors Scheme offers construction businesses a practical way to demonstrate their Corporate Responsibility values. By adopting the Scheme’s ‘Code of Considerate Practice’, businesses show they care about their workforce and the communities they operate in, which reflects a positive image of the industry to potential recruits.

I would like to see all construction businesses participating in the Scheme, and seeking to match the top performers in the industry.

Shriti Vadera, Former Minister for construction

 When a construction project is completed the impression of those who built it will remain with local people for quite some time.

By encouraging constructors to be good neighbours – reducing noise, cutting waste and keeping to sociable working hours – the Considerate Constructors Scheme makes a huge difference to people living near building sites and improves the image of the industry.

I would encourage all construction companies to sign up and champion good practice.

 
Stephen Timms
Stephen Timms, Former Minister for Competitiveness

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is one of the great construction industry success stories. By setting standards and driving them forward, the Considerate Constructors Scheme has shown that constructors can do a good deal to project a positive image in the areas in which they work.

With work on the 2012 Olympics moving ahead, the challenge to build more affordable housing, and the race to reduce carbon emissions, construction activity will continue to be under the spotlight for many years to come.

It is a credit to the Scheme, that neighbourliness, cleanliness and environmental care are being taken seriously by more and more companies involved in construction. This has been achieved through voluntary effort, showing a real desire within the industry to improve performance.

As the Minister responsible for construction, I commend the work of Considerate Constructors Scheme, and everyone involved in driving best practice, and I would like to see all UK sites signing up.

Margaret Hodge MBE, Former Minister for Construction

The construction industry makes a significant contribution to the UK’s GDP and has a huge impact on the environment and our daily lives. With preparation for the 2012 Olympics now underway, the eyes of the world are focused more than ever on the UK construction industry.

Construction sites act as the showcase for the industry and, to project a positive image, they must be run in a way which not only gives the highest priority to health and safety and the environment, but is sensitive to the communities in which they are located. Clean, tidy, safe and environmentally conscious sites send out a powerful and positive image of the industry to the general public and the workforce.

The Olympics give us the ideal opportunity to showcase the huge strides our industry has made towards these aims. As Construction Minister, I want to see all government-funded sites signing up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme, or similar initiatives, and I will lead by example in encouraging ministerial colleagues to ensure that all government-sponsored sites do register.

Alun Michael
Alun Michael, Former Minister for Construction

Construction makes a significant contribution to the UK’s GDP and to the environment in which we all live and work.

As Construction Minister, I want to see government-funded sites lead by example. I will continue to encourage ministerial colleagues to ensure that all government-sponsored sites are registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and/or similar schemes.

I firmly believe that as we live in a global economy we must have a construction industry fit for the 21st century. Construction sites act as the showcase for the industry and those managing them must be sensitive to the local environment and seek to minimise any disturbance in terms of noise, dust, and dirt sometimes caused by construction sites to the immediate neighbourhood. I welcome the fact that the Considerate Constructors Scheme places health and safety as a top priority, and that it gives prominence to respect for people – in terms of those working on site, as well as local communities in which sites are located.

If we want to encourage all involved in the process to create our built environment, we must all work to ensure that sites are well managed, clean and safe. The benefits of achieving this will be twofold (i) improving the image of construction; and (ii) producing better projects in terms of cost, timeliness and quality.

Together we can build an image of construction fit for the 21st century – with reality to match the image.

Nigel Griffiths, Former Minister for Construction

Construction makes a significant contribution to the UK’s GDP and to the environment in which we all live and work.

As Construction Minister, I want to see government-funded sites lead by example. I will continue to encourage ministerial colleagues to ensure that all government-sponsored sites are registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and/or similar schemes.

I firmly believe that as we live in a global economy we must have a construction industry fit for the 21st century. Construction sites act as the showcase for the industry and those managing them must be sensitive to the local environment and seek to minimise any disturbance in terms of noise, dust, and dirt sometimes caused by construction sites to the immediate neighbourhood. I welcome the fact that the Considerate Constructors Scheme places health and safety as a top priority, and that it gives prominence to respect for people – in terms of those working on site, as well as local communities in which sites are located.

If we want to encourage all involved in the process to create our built environment, we must all work to ensure that sites are well managed, clean and safe. The benefits of achieving this will be twofold (i) improving the image of construction; and (ii) producing better projects in terms of cost, timeliness and quality.

Together we can build an image of construction fit for the 21st century – with reality to match the image.