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Environmental Performance and Report

Published 21 May 2019 | Written by Luke Smith
CategoriesActual vs target Air quality Carbon footprint reporting Carbon offsetting Energy saving measures Plastics and packaging Promoting achievements 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…


Promoting a Positive Image of Construction via Bus Promotion

Published 21 May 2019 | Written by Alex Ward
CategoriesBenefits Campaigns Careers advice Careers advice Promoting Construction campaign

The client operates a free bus services for operatives from the station to the site. Discussions are taking place to look at how the external of the bus can be used to promote: A positive image of construction Careers in construction Site achievements Removing myths in construction


Environmental Workshops: Saving Our Blue and Green Planet

Published 10 May 2019 | Written by Carol Kirby
CategoriesAwareness Goodwill work Plastics and packaging Residents Schools Wildlife

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…


Use of an Amazon Echo on Site

Published 8 May 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy efficient accommodation Reduce Sustainable solutions

On this site, there are approximately 24 staff and one secretary to assist with any queries or requests for them all. As a result, the secretary has lots of tasks to complete written down on post-its or paper notes, so to cut down on paper use, the site invested in an Amazon Echo (aka Alexa). This has also improved productivity…


Communication is Key

Published 8 May 2019 | Written by Brian Black
CategoriesCultural needs Diversity Inclusion Language differences Personal development

This initiative is for operatives of a multicultural workforce to sit down together and learn some basic language of other nationalities whilst on site. As it’s a very small site, these workmates need to be able to communicate well, and what better way to learn than as a group. However this practice does not have to be restricted to small…


Use of Local Suppliers

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBusinesses Suppliers Supply chain Trade contractors

The site team has been concentrating on using sub-contractors and suppliers from the local area. The contractor originally intended to use a timber/ aluminium hybrid window produced by Senior Architectural Systems (SAS) in the construction process. However, local licensed companies were unable to produce this system without jeopardising trade with existing customers, so the company successfully changed the specification to…


Smart4Life Digivans

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCreate opportunities Goodwill Newsletter Residents

The site was instrumental in the company fitting out a van with computers and digital equipment under a venture called Smart4Life. The van is stationed near the site for a day and manned by site staff. The local residents are allowed free use of the equipment and help is given with job applications and CV writing. Advance information on the…


Weatherproof Paper

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGreen purchasing Plastics and packaging Sustainable solutions

The site has decided not to use laminated notices due to the fact that these cannot be recycled. Instead, all notices that would ordinarily be laminated are printed on paper that has recycled plastic within it. The sheets look like ordinary paper but have a similar consistency as new sterling notes. They are also recyclable. To find out more, click…


Keeping the Air Fresh

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Sensitivity to neighbours

Remediation of a contaminated site can result in the release of unpleasant odours, which, whilst not harmful to health or the environment, can be a significant nuisance, impacting on local residents’ quality of life. To mitigate this, the project has on site a trailer-mounted odour suppressant system that can be used to minimise smells travelling over the site boundary. This…


SkySentry

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement Working methods

This site uses SkySentry technology and pin code access, which not only tracks and monitors the movements of a MEWP, but also provides full lock down security when not in use. Benefits include the confirmation of history of movement and usage, which enables the avoidance of unauthorised use. Features of SkySentry include: Unique pin codes/ smart ID cards which ensure…


#NAW2019 Inspired Video

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Careers advice Create opportunities Employed Labour Personal development Placements Training

This Berkeley site has been the driving force behind the production of a hit YouTube video based on their involvement in this year’s National Apprenticeship Week. This #NAW2019 themed video aims to inspire any young people potentially considering a career or apprenticeship within the construction industry. The site has been recognised by the Royal Borough of Greenwich as the best…


Drying Cabinets

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDrying Laundry

This site has provided drying cabinets for operatives’ clothing, footwear, PPE and any other work wear which may have been dampened by weather/ working conditions. The cabinets are heated, include hanging rails and pegs, and any items that are hung up are enclosed within the cabinet by see through flaps which retain the heat.


Mobile Site Accommodation

Published 29 April 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Changing Recreation Rest Separate facilities Showers Worker fatigue

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
CategoriesEquality Financial advice Inclusion Re-use Recycle Reduce

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…