An Ultra Site is a site that demonstrates and promotes the highest standards of the Scheme and actively seeks to improve not only its own performance but that of the wider construction industry, particularly through its supply chain.
The Ultra Site vision is for sites to become beacons of best practice in the construction industry and a catalyst for exceptional leadership, collaboration and innovation.
An Ultra Site will be a leader in inspiring people to join the industry. The aim of the Ultra Site initiative is for the Scheme to deliver appropriate support so that this vision can be achieved. This will include establishing a collaborative working model where subcontractors and suppliers on Ultra Sites are also registered.
A registered site working with registered trade contractors and suppliers will take considerate construction to the next level.
Benefits of becoming an Ultra Site
- Greater collaboration with the supply chain, and the Scheme, in working towards a shared goal
- Attract and inspire the next generation of construction professionals
- Create greater efficiencies through sharing resources with the supply chain
- Become the standard to which all considerate constructors aspire to
- Additional guidance from Scheme Monitors and enhanced support materials
- Unified and consistent communication with all project stakeholders
- Attend regular development meetings and raise your profile
- Exclusive Scheme branding and signage
Why is this important?
There are many demands on those working on a construction site and is vital that time, money and resources are used as effectively as possible. Companies with common aims and objectives can pool resources and inevitably deliver a higher standard of work with greater efficiency.
With great leadership, and collective responsibility, fewer issues are likely to arise, and where they do, it is far more likely that these would be dealt with promptly and professionally. Working in collaboration also removes overlap and duplication. Do trade contractors need to deal with their waste separately? Should they all work individually with the community?
When it comes to liaising with those affected by construction activity, and the wider community, it is advantageous for the project to deliver a consistent message, rather than several companies communicating separately, often leading to confusion and frustration. An all-encompassing programme of communication covering all relevant works will lead to better relationships with neighbours and less opportunity for mixed or missed messages.
An Ultra Site will understand that innovation is crucial to the future of the construction industry and will be one that offers an environment that nurtures creativity. At the same time it will recognise that the industry needs new talent to sustain itself and grow, and as a result it will become a leader in inspiring people to join the industry.
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 100,000 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.
Additional monitoring and support
An initial advisory meeting will be held by a Scheme Monitor prior to the awarding of Ultra Site status. This meeting is designed to ascertain whether the site is suitable and to discuss the commitment required. It will enable the Monitor to establish proposals for subcontractor packages for the project and get an indication of the number of subcontractors and suppliers so that these registrations can be monitored.
Ultra Sites will also receive an advisory meeting before the first scored visit. The pre-visit meeting is a highly beneficial and unique aspect of an Ultra Site as the Monitor will provide a report detailing recommendations for improvements so that these can be implemented before the scored visit. The Ultra Site may also request another advisory meeting before the second scored visit. The Monitor will also assess registered companies and supplies on the site, and the reports will be made available to the main contractor for review and analysis.
Qualifying for Ultra Site status
A registered site can become an Ultra Site when an agreed number of trade contractors and suppliers working on that site are separately registered with the Scheme.
To qualify as an Ultra Site a number of criteria must be met, including the following:
- The site will be managed by a contractor that meets the criteria for Partnership.
- The site would normally be expected to have a duration of at least a year and must commit to register for the whole duration of the project.
- A high proportion of its subcontractors and suppliers are to be separately registered as Company or Supplier Registrations with the Scheme.
- The site will only be accepted if it is registered pre-start.
To find out more about the criteria that must be met to become an Ultra Site, please read the Ultra Site Terms of Reference by clicking here.
To become an Ultra Site there will be an additional fee on top of the initial Site Registration cost. The additional fee is determined by the site’s value in accordance with the table below. Please note that if your project will be registered over more than one phase, each additional fee will be based on the value of each phase, rather than the total project value.
|Contract value||Ultra Site fee (excl. VAT)|
|£10m to <£50m||£1500|
|£50m and over||£2000|
Sites with a registered phase value of £75m or more will only be charged an additional £1000 (+VAT) to become an Ultra Site as their Site Registration fee already covers some of the additional monitoring provided as part of the Ultra Site initiative..
Ultra Site pilot
In 2015, the Scheme ran the Ultra Site pilot with a consortium of some of the country’s leading contractors and industry clients. With their assistance, the Ultra Site initiative has been developed and refined so that it is the ultimate commitment in demonstrating considerate construction.