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Project Post Cards

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by Matt Bust
CategoriesNewsletter Supply chain Trade contractors Updates Workforce

With so much happening across the Woodhead Group, we needed to find a new way to keep our site teams and supply chain informed and up-to-date with news and stories. We send postcards to our sites quarterly that are designed to showcase what makes the Woodhead Group different by focusing on our values and behaviours. Each quarter, we speak to…


Low Emission Micro Turbines

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Minimised fuel use Sustainable solutions

On their White City Living project, St James have been using modular micro turbines as a semi-permanent power supply. This power supply emits low levels of NOx emissions and high levels of oxygen (17 -18% oxygen rich). It is compliant with the EU’s Medium Combustion Plant and Non-Road Mobile Machinery Directives which regulate harmful emissions. It also goes beyond compliance…


Donating Supplies to the Men’s Shed Association

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill Re-use Recycle Reduce Residents Sustainable solutions

On their Alness Academy project, Kier have been collecting the paper-towels used at wash basins and donating them to their local Men’s Shed Association. Men’s Shed Associations are community spaces that bring people together for craft-work and social interaction. They use equipment provided by the site to convert the used towels into fire logs and distribute them to the local community.


Vehicle Mounted Ground Penetrating Radar

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesLocal and special needs Obstruction Sensitivity to neighbours

On their UCLan Highways Improvements project, Balfour Beatty have been using a vehicle mounted Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). GPRs are used to conduct ground surveys in urban areas. These surveys have the potential to detect hazards prior to excavation. Vehicle mounted GPR result in minimal disruption compared to traditional pram type systems. In Balfour Beatty’s case, this is effective because…


Cardboard Tree Guards

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlanting Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions Trees

The HS2 project aims to plant up to seven million trees along their Phase One Route. An issue presented by this aim is the amount of plastic tree guards that will be needed. Fusion have estimated that 39,000 tree guards will be used between October 2019 to March 2020. Due to the amount of plastic that may end up in…


Bespoke Cable Lifting and Delivery Trailer

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Unloading Working methods

The Hornsea project team identified a possible issue with the movement of cable drums to be used within their works. Weighing 33tn gross and having a working dimension of over four metres, the drums would prove a challenging move from the storage yard at PD Ports to the joint bay locations throughout the job. Previously the only way to move…


Electric Forklift Truck

Published 6 January 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHybrid/electric plant Minimised fuel use Reduce Sustainable solutions

On their White Rose View project, RG Group have been using an electric forklift truck. This is charged via solar panels which are placed on an area of green space within the site. The electric forklift truck has been on site for a number of months now and will remain until the project is complete.


Smart Surfacing for Visually Impaired

Published 23 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill Residents Suppliers

On one of its projects delivered under the Highways Term Maintenance Contract, Tarmac laid tactile surfacing with inbuilt sensors and embedded technology which gives information to visually-impaired people through their sticks and canes which also have sensors built into them. This innovation was promoted from the early contractor involvement period by both the client and the contractor. This type of…


Personal Atmospheric Gas Monitor

Published 23 December 2019 | Written by Mark Johnson
CategoriesInitiatives Reporting Risk information Working methods

After attending a recent seminar on confined space working, we decided to look for a system that covers several needs, such as: Good ergonomics. Ease of operation. Good audible and visual alerts. Real time data upload. Able to replace separate two-way radio. We decided to trial the Blackline G7C and current field trials show that it does all of the…


Minimising Food Waste

Published 23 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGreen purchasing Reduce Sustainable solutions

Focus Logistics have started utilising the Orca food waste macerator as a sustainable way to process food waste from construction projects. The macerator mimics the natural digestion process, it works using the same principles that our body and other living organisms are governed by. It creates the perfect thermophilic biological environment for microorganisms to convert food waste into a liquid….


Waterless Eco Toilet Cabins

Published 17 December 2019 | Written by Jamil Lalani
CategoriesEnergy efficient accommodation Implementation Recycle Water saving measures

This mobile waterless toilet block is a great solution for sites where there is no running water or sites that are short of space. Cabins come on the back of a wagon and from delivery take an hour to set up and be ready for use. The toilets utilise a unique belt and bag system which captures waste and pinches…


Magic Therapy Sessions

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Stress Worker fatigue

Ballymore have started monthly ‘magic therapy sessions’ at their Royal Wharf project. The therapy is used to provide a short break from the stresses of work and life. The therapy has been successful in reducing employee stress. Evidence of this was shown when the therapy successfully calmed the tension between two staff members who were previously arguing. Staff at Ballymore…


Full-time Onsite Psychoanalyst

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Stress Training

On their Royal Wharf project, Ballymore have invested in the expertise of Mr Denis Hevey who is now their full time resident psychoanalyst. Denis specialises in mindset evolving, coaching, and positive performance. Workshops are provided for both Ballymore and Trade Contractors which focus on team building, collaboration and personal development. By appointing a resident psychoanalyst, Ballymore aim to improve relationships…


Digital Screen Mounted to Hoarding

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunication Community notice board First Impressions standards Initial impressions Signage Site, company and out of hours contact information

On their Ponteland Schools & Leisure Centre project, Kier have trialled a digital programme to provide more information to the public and convey key messages to their supply chain, operatives and staff. The programme displays the real time progress of the site and also provides detailed information on the project for the public. It is displayed on a 55″ screen…


Special Arrangements for Colleagues with Children

Published 9 December 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFinancial advice Stress Worker fatigue

WDC have provided vital support to one of their employees who has been granted joint custody of his children. Due to his working hours, the employee has to take his children to a childminder. The site have made special arrangements to allow the employee to leave work in order to do this and have also agreed to cover the cost…