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Environmentally Friendly Concrete Reinforcements

Published 29 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPost completion impact report Reduced use of single use plastics Spill prevention

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
CategoriesReduced use of single use plastics

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…


Local Crash Map

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCLOCS FORS Risk assessments

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
CategoriesRandom substance testing

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…


Ravex Diesel Filter Kit

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting

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
CategoriesPrefabrication

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…


Ecosia Search Engine

Published 28 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon offsetting

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
CategoriesMental health Support for local charities Workforce development plans

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
CategoriesCarbon offsetting Carbon reduction Promoting achievements Reduced use of single use plastics Reporting actual vs target performance

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…


Environmental Workshops: Saving Our Blue and Green Planet

Published 10 May 2019 | Written by Carol Kirby
CategoriesReduced use of single use plastics Schools and nurseries

At Borras, we were looking for ideas to better engage with students within the schools that we work in. We touched upon the idea of developing an Environmental Workshop where the children could learn about how the construction industry is working towards sustainable development goals via a series of fun and hands-on learning activities. We have now developed a series…


Mobile Site Accommodation

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Recreational facilities Rest Showers Suitable/accessible separate facilities

Mid 2018 saw GBM Demolition make the business decision to design and build a series of transportable site accommodation trailers. Each one features separate sleeping accommodation for up to five people, complete with TV, heating and individual en-suite bathrooms with showers, as well as a shared fully operational kitchen and mess facility. Each unit comes to site with the access…


Free for All Swap Shop

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by PJ Choi
CategoriesFinancial/debt management

At our site, we have started a ‘Free for All’ swap shop, where people can donate or collect items that are no longer needed or wanted by the original owner, as long as they are still in good condition. Everyone on site is encouraged to make use of the items that are available, and if they are able to, to…


Safe Access and Egress

Published 23 April 2019 | Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesControlled access Hazard boards Toolbox talks and daily briefings

The SHE team working on the M23 SMART Motorways Project have recently implemented an initiative to improve the flow of information with regards to access and exit changes throughout the road works. Until recently, the team had relied on daily updates emailed out on a scale drawing, and the problem with that was that any changes throughout the day wasn’t…


Talking Roadside Safety Sign

Published 18 April 2019 | Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesNotice board Planning of traffic routes Regular updates of progress Visitor access and facilities

‘The Talking Sign’ is a brand-new initiative designed by Kier in conjunction with Chevron, which is based on their intercom system normally used for residents awaiting escort through work areas. The Talking Sign was showcased recently at Gatwick Airport and was well received by stakeholders, Highways England and customers as it is the only ‘live’, up to the minute, works…


Educational Colouring In Calendar

Published 16 April 2019 | Written by Alison Cooper
CategoriesCommunity engagement

The Grosvenor Square team originally wanted to create a calendar to provide the team, subcontractors and client with the important awareness dates throughout the year. This idea evolved into a multi-purpose calendar highlighting health and safety, wellbeing and education, by working with CLOCS and CCS, we created a colouring-in Grosvenor Square calendar. The aim was for the workforce and client…