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Careers Fair and Site Visit for Disadvantaged People

Published 10 December 2018 | Written by Vicki Johnston
CategoriesCommunity engagement Disadvantaged and minority groups support Promoting construction as a career choice

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 Preschool and Special Needs Children

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity engagement Schools and nurseries

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…


Scaffold Netting System

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesFalling objects

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
CategoriesColleges and universities Community engagement Promoting construction as a career choice Schools and nurseries Support for careers advice

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…


Sheet Material Storage System

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMaterials management

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 the…


Inclusive Workforce

Published 4 December 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support

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 ethnically diverse and 10% are disabled. The site has been given an AA rating in terms of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the entire…


Wates Zen Garden

Published 29 November 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Recreational facilities Rest

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…


Eco Friendly Site Toilets

Published 23 November 2018 | Written by Colin Draper
CategoriesToilets 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…


Staircase Pressurisation System

Published 6 November 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmergency preparedness

Berkeley Homes South Quay Plaza have recently installed and commissioned a live stair case pressurisation system to ensure safe evacuation of the project workforce in the event of a fire. This system was decided after a risk assessment showed secondary means of escape via a haki staircase would be struck prior to our maximum fire loadings and maximum capacity. Staircase…


Eye Protection

Published 6 November 2018 | Written by Ewan Jelly
CategoriesPPE

Despite a safety glasses policy being in place at Laing O’Rourke, Edinburgh St. James site, there are occasions when operatives can still get dust or grit in their eye. This is especially true with the weather in Scotland where high winds are a common occurrence. In addition to the safety glasses, Laing O’Rourke has procured a foam backing frame for…


Supporting Pride

Published 6 November 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged and minority groups support Mental health

According to a Construction News survey, 71% of our workforce felt they could not be open about their sexuality on site and many LGBT workers felt their sexuality at work hindered their career development, with around 51% claiming their sexuality prevented them from progressing their careers in the industry. One respondent, who identified as a gay man, said he had…


Minimising Carbon Footprint

Published 6 November 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCarbon reduction Education Promoting achievements

Following the CCS ‘Spotlight on… air pollution’ campaign, this site completed the e-learning module and undertook further reading around the issue. The site team then found an article published on the BBC website which included a postcode checker for air pollution levels. They entered our site information and realised they were in an area of low air pollution. This was…


Weatherproof Paper

Published 6 November 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesReduced use of single use plastics

Galliford Try has introduced the use of weatherproof paper for site specific exterior notices such as site zoning information, safety campaign displays and PPE reminder notices. The paper is water, oil, fade and tear resistant leaving the site signage looking much more professional for longer. This also reduces the amount of laminating and plastic waste that the site is producing….


Reusable Packaging

Published 26 October 2018 | Written by Mariyana Stoyanova
CategoriesReduced use of single use plastics

The construction industry is estimated to be responsible for around 40% of the UK’s waste. We have been working with our subcontractors to tackle this issue and minimise unnecessary waste. SQP is the first site to use reusable, collapsible boxes for our M&E. These were specially developed for use at SQP and was something the contractor developed as part of…


Integrated Balustrades in Cladding

Published 25 October 2018 | Written by Aidan Josey-Barber
CategoriesFalling objects

Through design Coordination with the cladding contractor, the team at IQL S9 have significantly reduced the amounts of work done at the edge of the building in high risk roof and balcony areas. We have achieved this by integrating the balustrades into the top of cladding, eliminating works to install balustrades and copings at the edge of the building. A…