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Checking Timber Deliveries with Data Scope

Published 29 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMonitoring and reporting Supply chain Sustainable procurement Sustainable source

All timber used by this site must be FSC or PEFC certified, and all of our deliveries to site are booked in through Data Scope. Due to this, the site has worked together with Data Scope to include the need to specify whether any delivery includes timber.  If yes, the FSC or PEFC chain of custody number (as we only…


Environmentally Friendly Concrete Reinforcements

Published 29 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Post-completion impact Rivers/watercourses Spill control

This project mostly consists of repairs to the existing masonry walls, using a combination of concrete, structural grouts and mortars, and replacement stone blocks from a local quarry. Scour and erosion to the toe of wall is recognised as a potential source of weakness in the future, so concrete protection is proposed in two areas: the toe beam and the…


Turning Plastic into Eco Bricks

Published 29 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlanting Plastics and packaging Re-use Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions

The site team wanted to contribute to reducing the use of single-use plastics and give a second life to something that otherwise would be thrown away. They achieved this by implementing a very simple solution, which consisted of re-using plastic bottles and packaging ready to be discarded, and turning them into Eco-Bricks. An Eco-Brick is a re-usable building block created…


Bespoke Goods Hoist

Published 29 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

The works consist of a new-build 18 storey block of student flats on an extremely tight site in central Manchester. A bespoke goods hoist has been designed and installed with the following innovative characteristics: The hoist platform is significantly larger than standard hoist platforms. The hoist is supported by masts which are fixed to scaffold working platforms on the façade…


Space Saving Method of Installing Steel Columns

Published 29 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Residents Sensitivity to neighbours Universities

To improve safety with respect to the steel frame installation, the project has used concrete rings to maintain access to column bases to allow fixing without the need to form extensive 45 degree batters. Then after the column is installed, the inside of the ring is back filled like the finished site. As part of the works undertaken on the…


Local Crash Map

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCLOCS FORS Risk information Roads Traffic management

In order to raise awareness of vulnerable road users and manage large-scale, just-in-time deliveries of larger steel frame elements and in-situ concrete deliveries to site in a safe manner, the site team have developed an innovative ‘crash map’. This map draws on information captured from Transport Scotland’s database, to alert and highlight the numerous major traffic accident black-spots leading into…


Alcohol Testing

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Drugs and alcohol policy

Mitnija UK Ltd have recognised that anyone on a construction site with alcohol in their system may pose a risk to themselves and others, therefore they have put in place a zero-tolerance alcohol policy. To ensure the effectiveness of this policy, before starting work each morning, everyone must measure their blood alcohol level by breathing into an automated breath alcohol…


Willmott Dixon’s All Safe Campaign

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAttitudes Campaigns Initiatives

During the company’s All Safe Week campaign, a live-streaming session from the site to all Willmott Dixon sites and offices throughout the UK took place, featuring a lady whose husband was killed on a construction site and the impact that has had on the lives of his family and friends. Willmott Dixon’s All Safe campaign was launched in March 2012,…


Ravex Diesel Filter Kit

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Implementation Occupational health risks Plant and machinery Reporting and offsetting Workforce

The site has been trialling a Ravex RVT diesel ‘fume buster’ on a front shovel mini excavator which is being used to clear debris internally. This ensures cleaner exhaust fumes and enables site personnel to work safely in confined spaces next to diesel powered machinery. Looking for solutions that work in confined spaces and thinking outside of the box makes…


3D Modelling to Create Formwork

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Prefabrication

The site had to construct just over 500 metres of diaphragm walling, which was 30 metres deep. Through 3D modelling, the site was able to arrange for prefabricated reinforcement cages to be delivered and placed in single lengths. The particularly innovative aspect was the use of 3D modelling to create formwork for each one of the steel cage panels. The…


CCS Champions for Subcontractors

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan Scheme training and champion

To increase promotion of the benefits of CCS and supply chain registration, each subcontractor working on the Inverness Justice Centre project (there are nine in total) was requested to nominate a CCS Champion responsible for sharing knowledge and best practice with others on site. They then sign a charter demonstrating their commitment and responsibility for advocating best practice, attend a…


Ecosia Search Engine

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Reporting and offsetting Trees

Not only has the site switched its default internet search engine to Ecosia on all of its computers, they have also developed this previous innovation further by using it to offset the carbon footprint generated by the measured electricity usage of the temporary site set up. Additionally, this information is displayed on a graphic chart promoting the environmental benefits of…


Adopting a Growth Mindset

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCharities/organisations Mental health Personal development Posters

The team at Inverness Justice Centre hosted a Workforce Wellbeing and Energiser, which aimed to encourage social connections to support and enhance wellbeing through an informative tool box talk, followed by laughter and breathing exercises. The session also raised awareness of the impact of mental health, stigmas associated with mental ill-health, self-care and how to support others. The event was…


Environmental Performance and Report

Published 21 May 2019 | Written by Luke Smith
CategoriesActual vs target Air quality Carbon management Energy saving measures Plastics and packaging Promoting achievements Reporting and offsetting Sustainable solutions

The Wellington Place 7 and 8 project team, led by Dan Miller, has shown great leadership and professionalism by using their sphere of influence to achieve the environmental targets set at the beginning of the project. Highlights Include: 59% reduction in CO2 emissions from the following measures: 100% Renewable energy electricity supply, primary and secondary lighting circuits that reduce unnecessary…


Social Value Pioneers

Published 21 May 2019 | Written by Nick Wicks
CategoriesCorporate Social Responsibility action plan Residents

Construction companies are increasingly required by clients, councils and society as a whole to demonstrate how they are maximising the positive social value that they create. This is the value that people place on the changes that they experience in their lives, which may or may not be translatable into financial terms. It can also be negative or positive. As…