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Efficient Alternative to Individual Lighting Towers

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Lighting Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use

Sites that are not on a mains electricity supply often use individual lighting towers, each powered by a single generator, to provide lighting to site compounds etc. This can result in relatively high fuel use and associated carbon emissions. Volker Fitzpatrick chose instead to install a number of second hand street lighting columns, fitted with LED lights, linked to the…


Hybrid Energy Concrete Crusher

Published 2 September 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHybrid/electric plant Minimised energy use Noise Sustainable solutions

Concrete is crushed on site using a hybrid crusher, which results in lower carbon emissions and reduced fuel consumption. Noise levels are also lower when running on electric power, an advantage when working in towns, cities and residential areas.


Paint Solvent Recovery

Published 27 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Re-use Recycle Site environmental plan Sustainable solutions

The company has resourced and installed a paint solvent recovery system. Solvent recovery systems use a distillation process which separates the solvent from a leftover product which would otherwise go to waste (in this case paint), and the separated solvent is then recovered for re-use. Solvent recovery is up to 98%, and the residual waste is now non-hazardous, as the…


First Electric Powered JCB Mini Excavator

Published 19 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Hybrid/electric plant Idling vehicles Minimised fuel use Noise Plant and machinery

Kier Construction has tested the first electric powered JCB mini excavator whilst on their Chertsey High School site. They agreed to use the mini excavator within the ground floor of a new building so it could be trialled within a confined space. The mini excavator is powered entirely by electricity, meaning it produces zero emissions and significantly less sound than…


Efficient Spill Clean-Up

Published 19 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHazardous substance storage Spill control

Morgan Sindall have trialled more efficient methods of managing spill clean-up. One method was using Spill Hound. Spill Hound is built around a modified wheelie bin which includes a storage unit, brush, shovel, filter sieve, and unique absorption granules. The granules are made from a naturally occurring fibre that has been chemically modified to recover both oil and water-based spills….


Inmate Work Trial

Published 12 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged groups Employed Minority groups Placements

Farrans Construction recently facilitated a work trial for an inmate who was serving the final weeks of his sentence. This was organised with the warden and education staff at HMP Maghaberry and Niacro, a voluntary organisation which aims to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities. Farrans Construction first met with the inmate on three occasions. He then began the…


Push-Pull Poles

Published 12 August 2019 | Written by James Butt
CategoriesOccupational health risks Working methods

All slingers/ signallers on site have been issued with ‘push-pull’ poles. The poles are telescopic and extend to two metres in length. The end of the pole has a large and small ‘pulling-in’ hook as well as a large ‘pushing-out’ hook. They can be used to grab chains and tag lines, and rotate/ re-position loads prior to them being loaded….


3Ts Redevelopment: Augmented Reality App

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Clients Programming

This was a joint promotion between the client and contractor. The 3Ts Redevelopment has been making good use of virtual reality (VR) for the last two years, and this has been for promotional purposes, as a way to orientate hospital staff to the new building well before it opens, and as a tool to encourage interest in construction careers amongst…


Hollco Auto Green

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRoads Traffic management Traffic management arrangements

The use of the new auto green function on the brand new Hollco has helped to alleviate traffic queues in some cases. The use of these lights, on a scheme that we have running with Kier in Marlpit Road in Norwich, has helped to maintain the constant flow of public commuter traffic at peak times. The technology that Hollco has…


Public Water Dispenser

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFirst Impressions standards Goodwill Initial impressions Plastics and packaging Sensitivity to neighbours

This site has fitted a public water dispenser in a slot within the hoarding. There is also interesting information displayed on the importance of not using single-use plastics. The location of the water dispenser has been put on a national database, which uses an app, so members of the public can find it. The dispenser is also fed from the…


Pink Wall in Canteen

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Initiatives Reporting Worker fatigue

Our Health & Safety team at Overbury have surveyed our workforce and identified that the male-dominated environment of construction sites can sometimes lead to poor decision making and refusing to take breaks due to tiredness. We sought advice from a behavioural specialist who suggested that painting the canteen wall pink would challenge this mindset and reduce stress hormones (much like…


Chatty Café

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCanteen Mental health Stress

The site has developed a concept called Chatty Café, which is a forum for site personnel who may be seeking help with their mental health issues. The site believes that approaches towards mental health should be more than just posters on the canteen wall, and should take the form of sharing stories and group activities. The forum is intended to…


Reducing the use of single-use plastics

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by Ushna Mughal
CategoriesBusinesses Plastics and packaging Residents Suppliers

The project team have been the proud sponsor of the Urban Village Fete in North Greenwich since 2017. This fete draws on local suppliers, designers and performers, and provides a forum for top local talent for a community day full of stalls, music, DJs, dance, art and design workshops and food trucks with an international flavour. This year, in addition…


Auto Brake Panel Trolley

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOccupational health risks Working methods

Following a review of conventional trolleys, a highly manoeuvrable multi-wheel trolley with inbuilt safety features was developed to improve the transport of flat materials such as plaster boards etc. around this large and complex site, reducing the inherent occupational health risks that come with manual handling. To find out more, click on the download below.


Accessible Facilities

Published 5 August 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesColleges Local and special needs Residents Schools

As part of its Community Engagement Plan, as a legacy project, Willmott Dixon is in the process of converting the former library building on the site into a 6th Form Centre, which will be called The Grove. The converted building incorporates a ‘Changing Places’ facility, which in due course will be added to a national register of accessible, safe and…