A list of entries tagged with November 2018 Innovation

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Don’t Let it Fall, Paul!

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAttitudes Behaviour Campaigns Communicate initiatives Workforce information

At the Derby Market Hall site, Wates have launched a new safety campaign to remind operatives to keep their tools safe at height. The campaign includes the production and use of a floor mat at site entry points indicating the risk of tools not tethered. The picture on the floor mat is of a 14 storey building site, looking down,…

Cancer Awareness Course

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening Healthy lifestyle advice Medical conditions Supply chain Training

The site has appointed a ‘Cancer Champion’, David Armstrong, who is a cancer survivor. David recognised that construction is still a male dominated industry, and believes that men are reluctant to seek medical attention until it is often late. At the National Horizons Centre, Wates launched an on site Cancer Awareness Course, a course which Wates will soon be introducing…

Wall of Fame and Social Media

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by James Smith
CategoriesCharities/organisations Communication Community liaison Social media

We have been working on a Wall of Fame, located on our prominent West elevation facing the Leeds Merrion Shopping Centre. Yorkshire legends have been put up on the wall, to select a name we have generated voting polls via LinkedIn and show the results on that social media platform and Instagram. Some of our posts have received over 9,000…

Concrete Washout

Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesImprovement Sustainable solutions Water saving measures

The washout was required to address the concerns of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) regarding the potential harm associated with the release of highly alkaline (high pH) waters into the environment during concreting and grouting. The concrete washout was required to capture and treat wash water generated from the washing of truck mixer chutes on concrete delivering lorries. The…


Published 8 January 2019 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Goodwill Schools

Kier has developed a game called ‘Kieropoly’ in efforts to demolish common misconceptions of construction and to build understanding through a combination of fun, myth-busting questions along with technical construction questions. The students’ knowledge of construction is tested as they battle against each other as they answer questions and respond to scenarios and true and false quizzes that are unique…

Integrated Hoist Run Off System

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesInjuries Scaffold protection Working methods

The hoist gate system means the gap in edge protection is never present. This produces a fully enclosed hoist ramp system with no space to get limbs or material caught between the hoist and the building during operation and ensures no materials can drop out. It also reduces scaffold installation at the edge of the building, keeping work to one…

Operative Recognition Scheme

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by Elaine Kendall
CategoriesRecognition Recreation Reward Supply chain

The site team have launched a new operative recognition initiative which incorporates measures to seek improvements in all sections of the code. Each month, points are awarded to operatives and subcontractors for car sharing, submission of safety observations and good ideas, daily number of steps completed, completion of Considerate Constructors Scheme e-learning courses, participation in local community engagement activities, outstanding…

Long Reach Excavator

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccess/egress Working methods

VHE Construction used a long reach excavator to place soils within the gasholder to form the ramp down from high level to the dumpling, so we could access the lower levels with the large earthworks plant to complete the infilling of the gasholder. In order to compact the soils into the ramp, we lowered a remote controlled Rammax roller into…

Plastic Pallet for Pallet Trucks

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Injuries Working methods

When plasterboard is delivered to site, it is normally supported by traditional timber pallets. The plasterboard is removed from the vehicle using the telehandler with its traditional forks. Once inside the building, the load needs to be moved to the correct location. This is normally done with an electric or battery powered pallet truck with forks which are much deeper…

Nursery Hoarding and Viewing Platform

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by Stephen O'Connell
CategoriesEnclosures First Impressions standards Goodwill Initial impressions Nurseries Viewing points

At our Tullibody South Campus project, a portion of the site hoarding shared a boundary with the existing nursery. The hoarding has been cut and painted to resemble a castle battlement. A viewing platform and viewing windows into the site have been incorporated to allow the children to monitor progress of the new facility, with the retaining wall painted in…

CO2 Neutralising Felt Roof

Published 29 November 2018 | Written by Mark Hall
CategoriesAir quality Building maintenance

During the procurement process for the project, we challenged ourselves to procure materials that provided an environmental benefit to the project. Through our supply chain partnerships, we were able to source a product which bettered the original roofing specification and would have a positive impact on the environment. Our client was fully supportive of this and approved our proposed change…

Pre-Fabricated Sprinklers

Published 29 November 2018 | Written by Darren Pope
CategoriesFixtures and fittings Prefabrication

The Mace LSE Delivery Team along with Dornan Engineering and Ultra Sure Fire have excelled using their experience and knowledge of pre-fabrication and the associated health, safety and wellbeing benefits with a ground breaking innovation. This has been the first project to completely pre-fabricate sprinkler and dry riser installations. The entire works have been 100% manufactured and developed off-site with…

Electronic Screw Jacking System

Published 29 November 2018 | Written by Nick Wicks
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

At the Principal Place Residential project, Multiplex and superstructure subcontractor Careys, introduced an electronic screw jacking system for its jump form rig. This is the first time that this has been used in Europe. These are safer, more accurate and more environmentally friendly than the standard alternative which uses hydraulic fluid. Hydraulic fluid disposal or leaks can be harmful; if…

Snapchat Lens

Published 31 October 2018 | Written by Tom Hook
CategoriesCommunication Community liaison Social media Universities

The LSE CBR project is at the heart of the LSE campus and therefore has lots of interaction with the neighbouring students and staff. As part of Freshers Week 2018, we designed a Snapchat lens and filter for students around the campus, advertised on posters and our Freshers Fair stand. The lens could be activated by simply taking a photo…

Upcycling PPE

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by Stephen Penwill
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Re-use Recycle

Whilst clearing out the welfare changing rooms to remove used PPE from a previous subcontractor and make space for a new subcontractor, ten bin bags full of old PPE and clothing was collected, including hard hats, boots, hi-vis vests, coats and trousers. Instead of throwing the old PPE in the skip, it was upcycled for a new purpose in the…