A list of entries tagged with August 2021 innovation

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Low Carbon Asphalt

Published 27 January 2022 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultation Investigation for environmental events

To reduce the CO2 emissions of traditional asphalt paving construction this company brought together two suppliers – one with a carbon negative aggregate and one with a cold foamed bitumen asphalt – to generate savings of up to 90% compared with a traditional hot AC20 asphalt mix. The mix was used to construct a new cycle path being built as…

Instaboom Barrier

Published 27 January 2022 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControlled access

Public conflict especially with traffic management and vital road closures to perform site works is a long-standing problem. Policy, methodology, and training have been introduced for this significant workforce safety hazard. There has even been a national campaign regarding this issue and there has also been a government petition raised to change the law to ask highways workers to be…


Published 27 January 2022 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesModern methods of construction

The contractor has used ‘MultiGrab’ to handle and place the heritage oak timber-work inside the theatre. The timber itself is cut to very fine tolerances and requires delicate handling. The Multigrab is a hydraulic lifting clamp that has been designed for use with mini spider cranes and is able to lift to a capacity of 750kg. This clamp is also…

Installing Bee Hives to Enhance Local Biodiversity

Published 27 January 2022 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlanned planting and hard engineering to enhance the natural environment

On this project they have installed two bee hives on site in partnership with BeeOdiversity to monitor the local environment around site. The bees collect billions of pollen samples from local areas and then report to their hives installed on the project. The samples get analysed at BeeOdiversity facilities in Belgium to identify the level of pollutants (Heavy metals and…

Showcasing a Zero Carbon Home

Published 27 January 2022 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon reduction

As part of this contractors commitment towards decarbonisation of the construction industry, the staff on this site are leading on the construction of a temporary showcase zero carbon house as part of the COP26 conference which took place in Glasgow. The design construction of the building is supported by all the supply chain partners on the site, and also involves…

Reducing Embodied Carbon in Footings

Published 27 January 2022 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon reduction Environmental champion Investigation for environmental events

The environmental champion on the site undertook a dissertation on embodied carbon as part of his quantity surveying degree. The dissertation included a focus group with a presentation which strived to determine the opinions and thoughts of the construction industry, a client representative for the project attended the focus group, this led to the environmental champion exploring embedded carbon with…

Fuel Spill Digester

Published 27 January 2022 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesSpill prevention

This contractor has eliminated the need for sand by switching to a fuel spill digester to clear up fuel spills on the motorway. The fuel digester can be used to clean up all spills of volatile fuels such as petrol and diesel. It not only offers the safest and quickest way to deal with spills, but also cleans up waste…

GPR Utility Mapping used to Engage with Neighbours

Published 27 January 2022 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRegular updates of progress

This contractor has used virtual reality GPR utility mapping data to engage with neighbours affected by utility diversion works. The 3D imagery clearly shows those affected what lies beneath road and pavement surfaces. This has been of great assistance to the contractor in explaining the complexity and duration of the required utility works.

Smart Gate

Published 13 January 2022 | Written by Darren Ruane
CategoriesControlled access Green/renewable energy

The team on this project wanted to address the potential risk of vehicles leaving works entrances and pulling onto the Strategic Road Network in an unsafe condition. Following previous collaborations between Kier Highways and Solar Gates UK, the organisations have developed a safety gate which addresses the hazards caused by load security, weight amd overhead services and obstructions. The solution…

Breast Feeding Friendly Site

Published 25 October 2021 | Written by Shannon Dawe
CategoriesSuitable/accessible separate facilities

On this site they have pregnant women or mothers present, therefore they have recognised a private space was needed to pump in private to keep up their supply therefore they dedicated a private nursing room for use by the project team and visitors, with a range of appropriate facilities as a minimum standard. The facilities provided include a comfy chair,…

Proplex Closed Loop Remanufacturing Scheme

Published 14 October 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduced use of single use plastics

The UK construction industry has one of the highest rates of waste, and as a manufacturer of plastic temporary protection materials this contractor is passionate about sustainability and changing the way people think within the industry and the wider economy. This contractor has invested in a state-of-the-art wash plant and recycling line. This enables them to collect used, contaminated materials…

Adjustable Length Lifting Cage

Published 14 October 2021 | Written by Gareth McNary
CategoriesFalling objects

In line with the contractors drive to using positive lifting points when lifting to height, an idea from the Lead Appointed Person was developed, manufactured and site tested. This idea was an adjustable length lifting cage to improve the safe lifting of materials such as scaffold tubes, reinforcement bar, pipes and partition tracks. It can also accommodate a rescue stretcher…

Noise Control for Hoist Operators

Published 4 October 2021 | Written by Ruth Trant
CategoriesNoise Workplace noise monitoring

On construction sites there are many different noise sources, and the construction industry is a high risk for noise related ill health. For hoist operators, one of the major noise sources is the impact noise when opening and closing hoist doors and lifting or lowering the ramp. By retrofitting parts of the hoist such as the chains and ramp with…

Veterans Committee

Published 16 August 2021 | Written by Cara McAinsh
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Engagement and commitment from the workforce

This contractor has a family of veterans working within the business including a group of ex-armed forces and ex-‘blue’ light service personnel who have landed in the construction industry one way or another. In order to support each other to the very best of their abilities, their Veterans Committee was formed. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are both ex-army, and…

English Lessons and Other Qualifications for Speakers of Other Languages

Published 16 August 2021 | Written by Wally Alvarez
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support English not as first language support Literacy and numeracy support Modern slavery training Training plans

This contractor have been working collaboratively with Lambeth College and London South Bank University (LSBU), to pilot a  programme which aims to upskill diverse members of their workforce who are foreign and often struggle with the English language, providing them with the opportunity to learn and feel more comfortable engaging with other people on site. This voluntary course will also…