Working in partnership and collaboration with the Scheme, Ultra Sites will demonstrate industry-leading best practice and ensure that everyone working on site understands and upholds the considerate standards that have been established.
Ultra Sites is currently being piloted by a number of leading contractors who are assisting the Scheme with its development in readiness for an official launch planned for 2017. The pilot group are also developing acceptance criteria which will need to be met in order for a site to be considered as an Ultra Site.
What is an Ultra Site?
It has never been more apparent that this is an industry where teamwork and collaborative working are at the heart of every successful project. With so many different aspects to a typical construction project spanning different companies, sectors and people, it is vital that there are clear communication processes in place, and robust planning and organisation at all levels.
Since 2009 the Scheme has been registering trade contractors and those working in the supply chain under its Company Registration initiative. In 2014, Supplier Registration was developed so that those companies supplying goods and materials to sites could also enjoy the benefits of registration with the Scheme.
A registered site operating with registered trade contractors and suppliers will take considerate construction to the next level when it comes to caring for the community, the workforce and the environment. This is an Ultra Site.
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.
Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association (CPA), a co-owner of the Scheme, added:
Ultra Sites will help greatly in improving and promoting the positive benefits of the supply chain working together more effectively.
Ultra Sites pilot
Contractor: Canary Wharf Contractors’ Limited (CWCL)
Project: Southbank Place, London
Contractor: Galliford Try Partnerships South East
Project: Protheroe House, London
Project: Project Beagle, Birmingham
Contractor: Mulalley and Company Ltd
Project: Haringey Major Works, London
Contractor: R G Carter
Project: UEA Blackdale Development, Norwich
Contractor: RG Group
Project: Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, Redhill
Contractor: Robert Woodhead
Project: Former Morley School
Project: Phase 2B Green Man Lane, London
Project: Highways Partnering Agreement, Term Service Contract, Nottinghamshire
Contractor: The Berkeley Group Holdings plc
Project: Goodman’s Fields, London
Contractor: Willmott Dixon
Project: Trent Basin, Nottingham
Why is this important?
There are many demands on those working on a construction site and it 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. Also, with a collective responsibility, fewer issues are likely to arise, and where they do, it is far more likely that these will be dealt with promptly and professionally. Working together also removes overlap and duplication. Does each trade contractor need to deal with their waste separately? Should they all work individually with the community? Is it efficient to have separate inductions, toolbox talks etc.?
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. Different aspects of the work will affect the community in different ways and at different times, e.g. demolition, drilling, deliveries etc., and rather than relying on each trade contractor to communicate individually, 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.
What are the benefits?
Working together will bring many benefits, not just to the community and the environment, but to those working on sites, the various companies involved as well as the client.
The community will benefit from regular and consistent communication. The environment will benefit from better waste management, and the recycling and reusing of materials. The workforce will benefit from better training, support and facilities, while working towards the same shared goal.
How does it differ to a normal registered site?
A registered site can apply to become an Ultra Site at the point of registration. The Scheme will assess the suitability of the site which will then be required to agree to a strict set of criteria.
The Scheme offers a number of benefits to Ultra Sites to recognise the efforts made to deliver a more considerate experience for all, including:
- Initial training and presentations for site management and individual trade contractor management, carried out by a Scheme Monitor, will be available at the commencement of the project.
- A collaborative working approach with the Scheme to ensure that the site and all those separately working on the site achieve the highest levels of consideration.
- A more cohesive monitoring programme will be implemented to identify that the registered site, companies and suppliers should be recognised for collective achievements.
- A more thorough reporting programme will be available with an annual report detailing scores and observations across all visits conducted on an Ultra Site.
- Ultra Site branding which recognises the commitment that the site, companies and suppliers have made to improving the image of construction.
- Separate awards recognition to those who operate as Ultra Sites.