The University of Warwick’s first class aspirations as a Scheme ambassador

The world leading University of Warwick became a Scheme Client Partner in January 2016, pledging to register all of its construction projects with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and abide by the Code of Considerate Practice.

Client Partners are companies or organisations who make a commitment to improve the image of construction by recommending Scheme registration to all of their sites, encouraging compliance with all aspects of the Code of Considerate Practice.

Describing the advantages of its contractors registering with the Scheme, Senior Project Manager, Graham Steer said: “The key benefits for the contractors are to demonstrate to the public and their stakeholders that they care about the image of construction.

“It also helps to set high standards for projects on site and quality independent reviews.

“This helps us to meet some of our university’s goals including giving outstanding student experience, engaging with our communities and securing our future sustainability.”

Enhancing client and contractor working

Asked whether the Scheme helps clients to work with its contractors, Graham said: “It definitely does, by helping us define clear and common expectations. The Scheme has also prompted us to ensure we are giving our contractors the right information to enable them to succeed. We are now issuing information regarding our local communities and environment to contractors.”

Awards successes

The university has already shown its considerate credentials by scooping three CCS National Site Awards –  a Bronze in 2012 for its chemistry and physics building (BAM Construction Ltd); a Silver in 2012 for its Bluebell Views student residences centre (Kier Construction) and a Bronze in 2016 for its National Automotive Innovation Centre (Balfour Beatty).

Commenting on the university’s triple award-winning success, Graham said: “We have a good emphasis on quality in our procurement process and have set high expectations to our contractors going forward to increase our future successes.”

Detailing why the university decided to become a Client Partner, Graham said: “We became a Client Partner to help raise awareness of the Scheme and emphasise its importance to us.

“We are already seeing more consistent scores on our campus and hope this continues. Being a Client Partner also enables us to help influence future improvements and meet to share learning with our other organisations.”

Future aspirations

Outlining the university’s future aspirations in partnership with the Scheme, Graham said: “Among our future aspirations for the Scheme we would like to:

  • Have all of our sites meeting our minimum score standard.
  • Have more engagement with our local communities.
  • Have more of our smaller contractors register with the scheme.
  • Help the Scheme and the industry to be valued more highly.

“We’re a world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. But we’re not letting the story end there.

“That’s because we’re a place of possibility. We’re always looking for new ways to make things happen. Whether you’re a dedicated student, an innovative lecturer or an ambitious company, Warwick provides a tireless yet supportive environment in which you can make an impact.

“And our students, alumni and staff are consistently making an impact – the kind that changes lives, whether close to home or on a global scale.

“It’s the achievements of our people that help explain why our levels of research excellence and scholarship are recognised internationally.

“It’s a prime attraction for some of the biggest names in worldwide business and industry. It’s why we’re ranked highly in the lists of great UK and world universities.

“All of this contributes to a compelling story, one that’s little more than 50 years old. But who said youth should hold you back from changing the world?”

The University of Warwick registered its first project in February 2011 and has since registered ten different developments with the Scheme.

The University of Warwick is a research university in Coventry, England which was founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand access to higher education.

Warwick consistently ranks in the top ten of all major domestic rankings of British universities and is the only multi-faculty institution aside from Oxford and Cambridge to have never been ranked outside the top ten.