P J Carey (Contractors) Ltd’s housing development awarded by the Scheme for its caring construction
The Scheme is helping to improve the image of construction by encouraging best practice and promoting values such as competent management, efficiency, awareness of environmental issues and neighbourliness.
Site Manager, Steve Smith, P J Carey (Contractors) Ltd
The ongoing construction of a housing development in Portsmouth, Hampshire by P J Carey (Contractors) Ltd received a Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Award 2016.
P J Carey’s work at the Berewood Development, to the west of Waterlooville, received exceptional scores for its considerate practice in relation to the community, workforce and safety.
Outlining the project during its construction, Site Manager Steve Smith said: “P J Careys have been on this 521-acre site for the past two years, working as principal contractor to deliver the enabling and infrastructure works on behalf of Grainger plc.
“The new 2550-home mixed-use development at Berewood will be delivered over a decade and includes the construction of a school and various community amenities.”
Commenting on how the Scheme has helped guide the team in a considerate direction, Steve said: “The Scheme provides a number of benefits to Careys and forms part of our commitment to best practices.
“It is endorsed by major industry partners, as well as the government, giving us a platform to constantly assess our performances and understand how we can continue to improve and deliver high quality projects in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.
“We also benefit by being in contact with local groups, schools and the police, which means that local people understand our scope and programme of works.”
Expanding on the particular challenges encountered on this project, Steve said: “Flooding is a particular risk on this development site as the soil profile is predominantly clay, with poor capacity for infiltration.
“Careys are currently installing a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) to introduce flood risk management, water quality control and biodiversity.
“This includes the provision of a series of interlinked drainage and landscaping with a mix of vegetated channels, retention basins, wetlands and swales.
“The team’s involvement with local community groups has seen us work with the school to engage with the children and explain the project, as well as the dangers of a construction site.”
Applauding P J Carey’s for its considerate work in all areas of the Code of Considerate Practice, Scheme Monitor Mike Petter said: “It is most gratifying to visit a site that has taken on board many of the observations from the first visit and as a consequence, achieves a significantly higher score.
“The site has always practiced the very highest standards of safety but this visit saw the results of the exceptional work with the local fire and rescue services.
“This was to develop a recovery plan for anyone who might get trapped in waterways, or other hazards some distance from paved roads.
“Appearance remains at an excellent level, with corporate image and branding receiving close attention.”
He added: “The work with the school is particularly of note, with Steve conscious that many of the children at the school will probably grow up on the new development and might well be the workers of the future.
“This is one of the first sites in the area to put effort into raising the profile of mental health issues and the posters and signage used are very effective.”
Describing how P J Carey incorporates the requirements of the Scheme into its working practices, Steve said: “For our operatives on site we deliver regular tool box talks which relay the Code of Considerate Practice to our workforce.
“Posters and so on are put on the notice boards and in the welfare units. The public notice boards on site also display the message.”
Commenting on how the Scheme is improving the image of construction, Steve said: “Ultimately it secures the safety of the workforce and local community whilst giving stakeholders the opportunity to engage with the works around them.
“The Scheme has been very valuable to use and complements our proactive and considerate approach to construction.”
P J Carey has been registering its sites with the Scheme since 1999, signing up over 50 of its projects and scooping eight Scheme National Site Awards, including a Bronze Award 2017 for its 12 Carlisle Road development in north London.
It also won another Bronze Award in 2016 for its Lots Road project in Chelsea, involving the shell and core works to a regenerated brownfield site for two blocks of flats.