History of the Considerate Constructors Scheme
The Considerate Constructors Scheme was set up to raise standards in the construction industry. The Scheme is a not-for-profit, independent organisation, recommended by local authorities, the government, main contractors and major industry clients. Every year thousands of sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and are monitored against the Code of Considerate Practice, which has been instrumental in many of the improvements enjoyed today.
Read below for an overview of the Scheme throughout the years and some of the key achievements reached over its 20 year history.
- In 1994, following Sir Michael Latham’s review “Constructing the Team”, the Construction Industry Council formed the Latham Review Implementation Forum (LRIF). Eleven working groups were created, one of which was responsible for providing recommendations on ‘the image of the industry’.
- The Construction Industry Board (CIB) was set up in early 1995 to drive forward the key initiatives resulting from the Latham Review and from the 11 working groups. One of these initiatives was a National Considerate Constructors Scheme. A Steering Group was created by the CIB to set out and agree the policies governing the Scheme and to monitor its progress.
- In early 1996, the CIB and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) collaborated on promoting a national scheme, and it was agreed that the CIOB would act as administrators on behalf of the CIB. The Steering Group agreed a draft Code of Considerate Practice and a procedure for monitoring sites, including a scoring system to be used as a measure of how a site complied with the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice.
- The pilot study was completed in January 1997 and the Steering Group gave the go-ahead for the Scheme to be launched nationally in June 1997. In January 1997, eight sites were registered with the Scheme. On the national launch day there were 178. In mid-1997, the Steering Group approved the concept of an Awards event, and the first Awards panel met on 24 September 1997.
- Certificates for compliance with the Code of Considerate Practice were awarded during National Construction Week in 1998. Having extended their period of administering the Scheme by one year, the CIOB and CIB felt it was time to hand it over to another organisation within the industry. In October 1998, an agreement was reached that the administration of the Scheme be transferred from the CIOB to the Construction Confederation (CC), which appointed Valewell Ltd to run the Scheme on its behalf.
- In 2001, the CIB ceased its normal activities and the Steering Group disbanded. In 2002, the CIB was re-named Construction Umbrella Bodies (Holdings) Ltd, (CUB (H) Ltd), a company limited by guarantee and comprising the Construction Confederation, Construction Industry Council and Construction Products Association as its shareholders.
- In January 2003, the Considerate Constructors Scheme Ltd (CCS) took over the legal management of the Scheme. The first Board of Directors was appointed from experienced Monitors and the Valewell senior management, and David Hardy, Valewell’s Managing Director, was appointed as the first Chairman of the Scheme. The Construction Confederation retained its role as administrator.
- In January 2006, Peter Kingdon was appointed Chairman of CCS and the first of the original Directors left the Board on a revolving basis.
- At the end of 2007, the Scheme appointed its 100th Monitor and, for the first time ever, monitored more than 1000 sites in a month. The Scheme’s administration team reached 22.
- In January 2008, Norman Reed was appointed Chairman and the Scheme registered its 30,000th site.
- In January 2009, Edward Hardy was appointed as Chief Executive, taking over from David Hardy. Robert Biggs was appointed as Vice Chairman. In July 2009, Company Registration was launched and in the first month, 21 companies signed up. In November 2009, the Scheme registered its 40,000th site
- In January 2010, Robert Biggs was appointed Chairman. The Scheme also held its first Company Registration Certification Evening. Former Scheme Chief Executive, David Hardy, was awarded an MBE for his services to construction with particular note made of his involvement with the Scheme.
- The Scheme celebrated its 50,000th site registration during 2011. The first full National Company Awards were held in November 2011 in London. Work also started on reviewing the Scheme’s Code and Checklist, the first full review since the Scheme commenced, in preparation for a launch in January 2013.
- The Scheme celebrated its 15th birthday in 2012 and through the year hit several significant milestones including the 60,000th site registration, the 500th company registration and the 100,000th site visit. David Watson was appointed Chairman in July 2012.
- In January 2013, the Scheme launched a new Code and Checklist and a revised scoring system – the first significant review since the Scheme started. The Scheme also celebrated its 70,000th site registration. The first ‘Improving the Image of Construction’ event was held for representatives from the Associate Members. The Scheme also held the first Ivor Goodsite Hoarding competition which was entered by over 30 registered sites. A new initiative – Spotlight On – was also launched which provides guidance, examples of best practice and case studies on key issues affecting the industry.
- In 2014, the Scheme launched Supplier Registration to allow those companies that supply goods and materials to the construction industry to also benefit from registration with the Scheme. The Scheme celebrated 80,000 registered sites and also introduced individual milestones for contractors and clients.Mike Petter was appointed Chairman in July 2014.
- The Scheme launched the Best Practice Hub at the start of 2015, an online library of best practice examples to help share and promote best practice and innovation across the industry. The Scheme also started to support the Construction Industry Helpline, promoting its services to registered sites and companies.
- In 2016, Isabel Martinson joined the Scheme as the Executive Chairman. Mike Petter stood down as Scheme Chairman, taking on the new role of Chairman of the newly created Service and Performance Committee, reporting directly into the Strategy Board. In 2016, the Scheme recognised its 90,000th registered site, delivered its first e-learning modules and introduced Honor Goodsite for the first time.
- In 2017 the Scheme celebrated its 20th birthday and also achieved its 100,000th site registration. A rebranding exercise was undertaken to bring all strands of registration together under a single red logo. The Scheme was also launched in Ireland and Ultra Sites were also formally launched after a two year pilot. The Honor Goodsite ‘Big Build’ competition was held for the very first time and a new Ivor website was delivered.
- In 2018, the Scheme held the inaugural Ultra Site Awards. It also launched the Promoting Construction campaign encouraging everyone to positively promote the construction industry on social media using #loveconstruction. The Best Practice Hub was refreshed and redesigned, and achieved over 1 million page views in just 12 months. The Scheme also won the Women in Construction Award at the London Construction Awards for its work on the Spotlight on Women in Construction campaign.
- In 2019, the Scheme appointed Amanda Long as Chief Executive.