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Reducing Concrete Waste

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRe-use Sustainable solutions

At Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm, there is an approximate total of 17,500 cubic metres of concrete being used for the Wind Turbine Foundations, which would lead to some left over concrete from ‘make-up loads’ or rejected loads. Therefore, instead of the left over concrete going to waste each day, we have adopted a method of utilising waste and the left…


Careers Fair and Site Visit for Disadvantaged People

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by Vicki Johnston
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Goodwill

The Graham Farrans Joint Venture (GFJV) attended a Careers Fair inside a local prison with over 168 inmates who are getting released over the next year. The team collected CVs and gave positive and inspiring advice on the skills required to obtain jobs in the construction sector. Recent statistics have shown that with employment, re-offending can be reduced by 30%….


Turning ‘Waste’ into Toys for Pre-School and Special Needs Children

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Nurseries Re-use Schools

One particularly successful, yet simple, initiative to turn waste into educational tools involved using old PPE, product samples from the site and things found around the site office to create Bespoke Busy Boards for toddlers. Busy Boards are designed with the ‘Montessori’ learning style in mind; kinaesthetic learning through using your hands and senses to figure out processes. Focusing on…


Capturing Workforce Voices to Shape our Wellbeing Agenda

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultation Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Mental health Occupational health risks Universities

Belfast City Hospital approached the QUB School of Psychology to look at widening participation through non-traditional career pathways. Regular meetings with the school helped to establish respective resources, aims, objectives and practicalities. RAMHIF then proposed a unique and very productive study around exploring the impact and effectiveness of RAMHIF on site wellbeing initiatives for construction workers. This study aimed more…


Ultra Site Collaboration

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCooperation Promoting supply chain registration Scheme champion Supply chain

When we contacted our supply chain on Project Roman about the Scheme’s Ultra Site initiative, the response we had from them was remarkable. We contacted all directors of our supply chain to discuss the merits of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the benefits the initiative would have to their operations and workforce going forward. Over 75% of the supply chain…


Scaffold Netting System

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives Scaffold protection Working methods

The site team at Osborne Infrastructure Ltd has installed a unique scaffold netting system. The system was designed and patented by Castle Scaffolding Ltd, and it is thought that this is the first time that this system has been used practically on a site. This scaffold system has been designed especially to mitigate the hazard of any debris or falling…


Showcasing Careers in Construction

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Communication Community liaison Enclosures First Impressions campaign Initial impressions Residents Schools

Hoarding is being used as a visual aid to describe some of the key construction elements used for the project at Twickenham train station. The visual aid depicts the key construction elements used on the project at Twickenham train station and aims to catch the eye of young people and to spark an interest in the construction industry and the…


Slide-On Balcony System

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

We are always looking for new and safer ways of working on site, so when our balcony supplier approached us about the possibility of pre-fabricated balconies being a safer method of works, we were interested to hear more. In conjunction with our subcontractor Brooksby, we have collaborated to develop a pre-fabricated balcony that can be installed in any sequence of…


Sheet Material Storage System

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

The site team has introduced a simple, but very effective sheet material storage system. With the risk of gusts of wind, particularly on multi-storey projects, the clamping system not only holds the material in place, but enables the easy withdrawal on sheets when required with small adjustments then to the clamping system to re-tighten. To find out more, click on…


Inclusive Workforce

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDiversity Inclusion

This site is the best performing joint venture (out of the seven working for HS2) in terms of equality, diversity and inclusion. Notable achievements include workforce representation with 42% of workers are women, 16% are BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic), and 10% are disabled. The site has been given an AA rating in terms of the Web Content Accessibility…


Financial Advice Programme

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFinancial advice Training

The site management team at the Brook Leisure Centre site has developed a financial advice programme for operatives. This includes visits by a company from Social Enterprise to provide financial awareness training to the entire workforce. As part of this programme, the site team has provided some scam awareness training. The training is designed to increase people’s awareness of how…


Wates Zen Garden

Published 29 November 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesGoodwill work Mental health Recreation Rest Wildlife

As part of our effort to not only provide a quiet space for our operatives to relax in, we have created our very own ‘Wates Zen Garden’. The garden is available for subcontractors and staff to use to have some quiet time. It also contains information about mental health should this be of use. When constructing the garden, we used…


The EksoVest

Published 26 November 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

Widely regarded as one of the major emerging technologies set to change the industry, Eksoskeletons have the potential to revolutionise the way that people work by reducing strain and exertion associated with unavoidable manual tasks. As part of our centrally funded ‘Eureka!’ initiative, Willmott Dixon have purchased an EksoVest from Ekso Bionics in California for trials across our sites, a…


Use of Safe Pallet Cage

Published 23 November 2018 | Written by Colm Mc Mahon
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods

Brick forks are no longer used on site and have since been replaced with the Eichinger 1058C Safe Pallet Cage which will be used going forward. The Safe Pallet Cage has the following benefits: Shot bolts to secure the doors in the open position. Heavy duty forks providing a secure, evenly distributed and balanced point of contact. Twin doors to…


Eco-friendly Site Toilets

Published 23 November 2018 | Written by Colin Draper
CategoriesSustainable solutions Water saving measures

The site has been trialling a new sustainable toilet, which has a sink built in above the cistern at the back of the toilet. The water used from washing hands in the basin fills the cistern to flush the toilet. This toilet is space-saving, eco-friendly, encourages hygiene and works out to be cheaper as no extra sinks are required and…