New Client Partners meeting
The Considerate Constructors Scheme met with its new Client Partners on 21 September 2010 at the Dorchester Hotel in London. The meeting also included industry clients who were interested in the Scheme’s Client Partner initiative and were keen to learn more.
The acceptance criteria for Client Partners were changed in June of this year and a new Terms of Membership has been agreed by the Scheme’s Board that will allow for a greater number of clients to become Partners. These revised terms place a responsibility on Client Partners to ensure the performance of their sites meets certain levels over an agreed time scale. This new criteria will allow for any UK construction client to become a Client Partner, increasing the number of construction companies eligible to become involved with the Scheme, and help to further improve the image of the industry.
Robert Biggs, Chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, introduced the meeting and presented First Wessex, Marks & Spencer plc and One Vision Housing with Client Partnership certificates.
Following a brief outline of the Scheme and its aims, the meeting turned into a discussion forum where topics including the Scheme’s expectations of Client Partners were addressed.
Further to their acceptance as Client Partners, the new members commented:
“At First Wessex our mission is working with our customers to develop communities to be proud of. The work of the Considerate Constructors Scheme in improving the image of our construction sites and the impact on our neighbours is therefore an integral part of our approach to development, and we are delighted to have been accepted as a Client Partner. We will continue to work with our partner contractors to ensure high standards are achieved in all our construction activities.”
Regional Development Manager
“There are real synergies between the way Marks & Spencer delivers construction projects and the aims of the Considerate Constructor Scheme.(1) There is also a significant overlap between our sustainability programme, Plan A, and a large number of the areas of focus within the Scheme. It is for these reasons that we are extremely pleased to have been accepted as a Client Partner and very much look for to working with both the CCS and our Contractors to deliver the objectives of the scheme.”
(1) Examples include: minimising the impact of construction and shop fit activity on store staff and customer, installing high quality hoardings both internally and externally, and developing a high performance supply base that encourages structured training and development of staff.
Construction Standards Manager
“We are delighted to be accepted as a client partner of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Membership of the scheme is further evidence of the excellence we intend to maintain at One Vision Housing. In construction terms, this covers everything from sharing best practice to promoting the construction profession in general. Joining the scheme can only improve our already high standards and will help us to ensure that our customers’ needs are at the forefront of all our investment work.”
Strategic Director (Assets and Regeneration)
Since the new Client Partner meeting in September, Asda and Telereal have also been accepted as Client Partners.