Winners of UK’s Most Considerate Sites announced

The UK’s very highest performing construction sites have been awarded the coveted title of ‘Most Considerate Site’ at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2017 National Site Awards.

The Scheme’s National Site Awards are one of the most revered accolades within the UK construction industry. They recognise Scheme-registered sites that have demonstrated the very highest level of consideration in respect of the community, environment and workforce.

This year, sites were eligible to win the top accolade of ‘Most Considerate Site’ within the following six ‘project value bands’: Under £500k; £500k to <£1m; £1m to <£5m; £5m to <£10m; £10m to <£50m; and £50m and over.

2017 Most Considerate Site Award winners:

King Edward Skate Plaza

Robert Woodhead Ltd

(Under £500k)

This project involved the construction of a new skate park located in the King Edward Park, Sneinton, a short distance from Nottingham city centre.

This project involved the construction of a new community skate park located a short distance from Nottingham City Centre in King Edward Park, Sneinton.

Early planning and engagement with a number of community groups acted as the catalyst for making this site not only exceptional in terms of considerate construction, but also with respect towards the local community who were involved in this future legacy every step of the way.

The value placed upon the workforce was also clearly demonstrated; most notably through the contractor using a pre-start questionnaire to determine if any of the subcontractor workforce had any special requirements in terms of cultural or religious needs. An information pack was also prepared to familiarise out-of-area operatives with the locality.

The presentation of the site working areas and facilities, together with the appearance of the workforce, all contributed to building a positive and professional image, setting standards normally only achieved on much larger projects.

M&S Dulwich SF

Wates Smartspace

(£500k to <£1m)

This work involved the creation of an 800 sq. m. food hall within a retail unit located on a busy high street in Dulwich, South East London.

This project involved the creation of an 800sq m food hall within existing retail premises located on a busy residential street in Dulwich, South East London.

An excellent appearance was maintained, with particular attention given to creating a good first impression with monoflex-clad heras fencing and corporate, safety and CCS information prominently displayed at the main site entrance.

In consideration of the community, frequent newsletters were issued, visits arranged for residents, a donation of tools made to a local charity shop and fruit to an elderly people’s home. Spare materials were recycled through social media.

Securing everyone’s safety was a key priority, with first aiders wearing visible ID, A&E route maps on display and a defibrillator on site. It was clear that the workforce was highly valued with an extremely good standard of site accommodation provided, despite the restricted space and very short project duration.

The Scheme Monitor described this site as “a fantastic example of what can be achieved on a short duration contract”, summing up this outstanding demonstration of considerate construction, for which all involved should be congratulated.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales Phase 2 – Post Occupation Works

Interserve Construction Ltd

(£1m to <£5m)

On the outskirts of Cardiff, this project comprised external works to complement the recently-completed Children’s Hospital for Wales.

On the outskirts of Cardiff, this project comprised external works to complement the recently-completed Children’s Hospital for Wales.

The outstanding commitment demonstrated in the earlier phases of the project was sustained without any suggestion of complacency. An exceptional appearance was maintained and engagement with community and charity groups included both financial and practical assistance.

Given the sensitive nature of the location, environmental concerns received the utmost attention; dust suppression and monitoring were proactively managed in consideration of the potential effects to vulnerable patients, and visitors and staff. A robust noise monitoring system was also in place to reduce any disturbance to the ‘live’ hospital wards and theatres.

Standards of safety and security were also exemplary, as were workforce facilities and measures in place to promote physical and mental health awareness. Spot checks were also carried out to ensure the legitimacy of the workforce.

This previously award-winning site was not content to rest on its laurels, but through commitment and determination, portrayed an image of considerate construction which serves as an example for others to follow.

Discovery Academy

Carillion Construction Ltd

(£5m to <£10m)

This project involved the construction of a new school in a residential area on the outskirts of Hattersley, near Hyde in Greater Manchester.

This project involved the construction of a new school in a residential area on the outskirts of Hattersley, near Hyde in Greater Manchester.

The external appearance of the site was kept in pristine condition and the whole approach to signage was carefully designed to inform and impress those arriving on site. Early consultations were held to obtain the views of the neighbours, with all concerns acted upon. Regular feedback surveys were issued, site visits were arranged and local businesses supported.

Environmental and sustainability policies were strictly pursued and publicised both internally and externally. The introduction of a sound-proofed, lockable saw cabinet on site eliminated flying sparks from a chop saw and also reduced noise levels.

An equally rigorous approach was taken in respect of site safety, with just one example being the clever use of scaffolding foam protection and cable ties to secure the vast amount of free-standing crash barriers on site, and keep them in alignment.

Striving for ever higher standards, the commitment and efforts of all on site attained an image of construction that sits alongside the industry’s best.

Foyle College and Ebrington Primary School & Nursery

Heron Bros Ltd

(£10m to <£50m)

This ongoing contract involves the construction of a new college, primary school and nursery on the site of a former army barracks in a residential area of Londonderry.

This ongoing contract involves the construction of a new college, primary school and nursery on the site of a former army barracks in a residential area of Londonderry.

An outstanding appearance was maintained as a result of initiatives including the ‘Start Smart Campaign’, and a weekly Tidy Friday. Additionally, the introduction of a ‘defect app’ enabled the site to highlight examples of poor housekeeping to the relevant subcontractor.

Community engagement included many goodwill activities such as sponsored walks for schools and charities, volunteering work and sponsorship of the local marathon. The site’s ‘Scheme Champion’ attended a careers’ fair for the travelling community, as well as promoting job opportunities on site.

First class efforts to protect the environment included a carbon offsetting landscaping plan which included 1,000 trees and shrubbery. Company safety was also highly considered and included incentivised feedback, and use of a behavioural management strategy.

The whole approach of the project demonstrated modern construction at its very best and the site had considerate practices in place that were exceptional across the board.

Ulster Hospital Phase B2 – General Ward Block

Graham Bam Healthcare Partnership

(£50m and over)

In the grounds of a large operational hospital in Dundonald, near Belfast, this work involves the ongoing construction of a new seven-storey ward building.

In the grounds of a large operational hospital in Dundonald, near Belfast, this work involves the ongoing construction of a new seven-storey ward building.

The very attractive appearance and site presentation has been maintained, while keeping an appropriately low profile within the hospital environment. Engagement with schools, charities and other stakeholders has continued to leave a positive and lasting impression of the industry. Notably, a visitor pre-briefing is provided online which is accompanied by a feedback survey.

Environmentally, the approach reflects the highest levels of concern for protection and enhancement, which was well illustrated by a successful collaboration with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Safety systems are exceptionally well applied and incentives have improved the number of safety observations and near-miss recordings.

As the first Northern Ireland construction company to register with an adult learning forum, the site took part in career events and applied the principles of Learning for Life when providing work opportunities and experience.

In addition to maintaining its previous award-winning standards, the site team has raised the bar even higher, achieving the very best industry standards.

The awards ceremonies, which attract over 3000 guests from construction sites of all different sizes across the UK, were held from 20 March – 7 April in Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

The 2017 National Site Awards applied to registered sites that completed in 2016.

The Scheme presented 848 National Site Awards out of 7962 eligible registered sites. In addition to the six Most Considerate Site Awards, there were 337 Bronze, 319 Silver and 156 Gold as well as 30 Most Considerate Site Runners-Up.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson said:

Congratulations to all 2017 National Site Award winners. Winning an award with the Considerate Constructors Scheme is a huge achievement, as only the top-performing sites are eligible for such an accolade.

The successes of award-winning sites demonstrate the importance of embedding the core principles of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice, creating a positive long-term legacy for the local community, environment and workforce.

Special congratulations to the Most Considerate Site award winners, who represent considerate construction at its very best. Each of these sites is a beacon of best practice for the industry, having clearly shown exceptional effort and commitment in pursuit of improving the image and reputation of the construction industry.

Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Scheme, commented:

The National Site Awards are one of the highlights of the industry year and an annual opportunity for the Scheme to celebrate and reward the UK’s most considerate sites. The awards continue to go from strength to strength and this year is no exception, with sites more determined than ever before to improve the image of the industry in increasingly innovative and impressive ways.

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2017 National Site Award winners’ brochure

The Scheme has published a special edition awards brochure which lists all of the 2017 National Site Award winners.

Please click here to read and download the awards brochure.

Alternatively, to request a hard copy please call the Scheme on 0800 783 1423 or email enquiries@ccscheme.org.uk

Copies of this brochure have been posted to all 2017 National Site Award winners.

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The Scheme congratulates each and every award-winning site for their unsurpassed efforts in improving the image of construction.

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