Nine Elms launches innovative Construction Charter
The key development partners involved in the Nine Elms on the South Bank regeneration programme signed a Construction Charter in March 2014, marking their commitment to work collaboratively to deliver best practice construction management across the UK’s biggest regeneration project.
The Charter builds upon the approach pioneered by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, but with an enhanced focus on developers and highways authorities actively working together, essential given the complex logistics associated with the redevelopment of a new district in the heart of central London.
It provides a collaborative code of construction practice that recognises the need for major developers, together with Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils and TfL to effectively plan and manage the impacts of construction.
The Charter, developed with all partners and endorsed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, sets out how developers will work together to effectively plan and manage their sites, and their impact on surrounding developments and communities.
A central feature of the Charter is to provide clear information to residents, developers and the travelling public of planned works, and who to contact for more information. Each registered development site will have contact details of the site manager, their head office, and be able to contact the Considerate Constructors Scheme in the event of a complaint.
The Charter sets out a series of measures to be adopted when undertaking construction in Nine Elms on the South Bank. This collective responsibility will make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists during a period of heavy construction activity, introducing a more efficient process for implementing a wide range of safety measures and joint planning activities to reduce traffic congestion and disruptions for road users and pedestrians. Crucially, this will help manage the impact on the local communities, including thousands of new residents who will move into the area over the next few years.
Nine Elms on the South Bank is the area between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge, which includes Vauxhall, the new US Embassy, New Covent Garden Market and one of London’s most iconic landmarks, Battersea Power Station. The area contains more than 30 interconnected development sites, which will deliver new areas of public realm, 18,000 new homes, two new tube stations, 22,000 new construction jobs and 25,000 new jobs post construction.
Councillor Ravi Govindia, Co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership and Leader of Wandsworth Council, said:
By setting uniform standards for developers, the Construction Charter will make Nine Elms on the South Bank a safer, cleaner and more user-friendly place during the construction programme.
Fellow Co-chair and Leader of Lambeth Council, Councillor Lib Peck, commented:
It’s really important that during this period of development, safety is paramount for pedestrians and cyclists. Inevitably there will be some impact on local communities and the Charter shows that we’re all working together to minimise disruption.
Helen Fisher, Programme Director for Nine Elms on the South Bank, said:
We are very proud to launch the ground-breaking Construction Charter, which highlights Nine Elms on the South Bank’s commitment to safe construction practice. We very much hope that as an exemplar approach to construction, it will be adopted by other redevelopment schemes in the future.
Attendees in photo – left to right – John Stone, Head of Forward Planning and Transportation, Wandsworth Council; Ian Baker, Strategic Traffic Manager, Lambeth Council; Peter Amato, Development Director, Wanda ONE; Philip Gullet, Chief Operating Officer, Battersea Power Station Development Company; Sean Ellis, Chairman, St James Group; Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council; Alex Williams, Director of Borough Planning, TfL; Councillor Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council; John Sayers, Director, Considerate Constructors Scheme; Helen Pilcher, Development Manager, CLS Holdings; Eddie Pinchin, Commercial Director, St James Group; Helen Fisher, Programme Director, Nine Elms Delivery Team; Peter McCall, Development Director, Ballymore; Jamie Eagles, Strategic Project Manager, Nine Elms Delivery Team