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Knowing your Carbon Footprint

Published 26 May 2017 | Written by Elaine Woodburn
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Notice board Promoting achievements Signage

When we know what our carbon footprint is then we can act. GRAHAM Construction and Low Level Waste Repository Ltd therefore calculated the carbon footprint of their Engineering, Design and Construction Framework (EDCF). It is important to the framework that once the footprint was calculated that it was displayed in a manner which was easily understandable and relevant to all…


Housing Developer Site Sign Board

Published 14 March 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBranding Communication First Impressions standards Initial impressions Signage

The exterior appearance of a construction site not only represents the project itself, but the entire industry. It is important that sites display important information outside their sites to help promote a positive image of the industry. See the examples below for how one house developer promoted the site, company and industry: The team was tasked with creating a site…


Business cards and PPE showcasing CCS awards

Published 31 January 2017 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesScheme posters/banners Scheme vehicle stickers

Clearly Renovations Ltd are always trying to find opportunities to support and promote the Considerate Constructors Scheme. When we won the 2014 Silver award we thought it would be a good idea to take an image of the award and reduce it and install on the back of our business cards. We did this in 2014 and then again when…


Inspirational Reception Trophy Cabinet

Published 19 December 2016 | Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesClients Recognition Reward Scheme champion Scheme posters/banners

One of our five business values is to ‘Develop, value and respect our people’, which aligns with Valuing our Workforce. As part of celebrating the great work our team do, we have been recognised by regional, national and international peers for our innovative work through various award schemes. We have now installed an illuminated glass trophy cabinet in our main…


Managing Fit Out Waste

Published 25 November 2016 | Written by Richard Charlesworth
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle Reduce

As the Lillie Square project was evolving from superstructure and cladding towards utilising fit-out trades, the project held a ‘managing fit-out waste workshop’ with subcontractors. The purpose of the session was to help raise awareness about the importance of waste on the project and to also discuss ways in which waste could be reduced. The workshop covered a number of…


Encouraging Hybrid Travel

Published 16 November 2016 | Written by Julie Brooks
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Hybrid/electric plant Minimised fuel use Travel plans Workforce

To support green and hybrid travel we have now had a second electric charging point added at our head office. Our first charging point was added in 2015 and this was followed by a member of staff getting a plug-in hybrid car that they charge at work during the day so that all of their daily commute is totally powered…


A game for improving environmental hazard spotting

Published 10 October 2016 | Written by Zebrina Hanly
CategoriesAwareness Involvement Site environmental plan Workforce

The Challenge At our site, reporting of environmental near misses and close calls were poor and it was clear many of the operatives were struggling to identify what environmental hazards might actually be and toolbox talks and posters were not working. Training was needed – but for a 300 strong diverse workforce how could we develop effective training? Many on…


Investors in People Gold Award

Published 10 October 2016 | Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesCorporate Social Responsibility action plan Employed Management attitudes Personal development Reward Training

Westleigh are proud to have been awarded gold status again in 2016 for Investors in People, recognising our commitment to the value of learning, training and development for all employees. The gold national standard aims to improve the way we work, increasing organisation, efficiency, development and communication for our workforce. Westleigh are committed to training and learning that helps its…


Embodied Carbon Poster

Published 2 August 2016 | Written by Andrew Kinsey
CategoriesAwareness Monitoring Signage Workforce

To help site personnel understand what is meant by embodied carbon, Mace created an embodied carbon poster, relating the impact of making one brick to the impact of making a pint of beer. By translating an impact into a language people can understand it helps communicate what can be a somewhat abstract concept. Since many people working on site like…


Obtaining ISO 50001 to demonstrate commitment to achieving energy efficiency

Published 19 July 2016 | Written by Peter Sharman
CategoriesCertifications Inspections Management policy Minimised energy use Promoting achievements Report to company level Workforce

Mulalley were one of the top 5% of companies to achieve compliance with the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Legislation. ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for large organisations in the UK, with the Environment Agency being the UK scheme administrator. Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy…


Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day

Published 6 July 2016 | Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCareers advice Diversity Equality Minority groups Schools

To celebrate women in engineering and support and encourage more women to consider a career in engineering or construction, we developed a series of activities to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day (NWED). These encouraged staff to take the opportunity to understand a bit more about how the role of women in engineering has changed and continues to change in…


Air Purification Unit

Published 30 June 2016 | Written by James Low
CategoriesAir quality Enclosures

Air Purification Units (APUs) are re-locatable units based on the concept of a living wall to reduce air pollution. Partnering with Treebox, these have been integrated into the external hoarding of a Mace project site located on a road with some of London’s highest pollution levels. The system capitalises on natural air purification benefits of plants and microbes enhanced with…


Site Energy Monitoring

Published 30 June 2016 | Written by James Low
CategoriesImprovement Monitoring

Mace’s project are using an engaging and simple to use online energy monitoring system to better manage site energy and water consumption, and contribute to reducing carbon emissions. Sub-meters have been installed across the site to improve awareness of the site equipment and zones, such as tower cranes, lighting zones and office accommodation. The system has already enabled one project…


Lifelong Learning

Published 16 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEmployed Literacy training Numeracy training Personal development Training

Continuous learning development should always be encouraged for the workforce. It is important to provide opportunities to develop the workforce. This can be directly associated with the company’s interests and future, as well as the individual themselves. Such training is vital towards raising standards of the industry’s skilled workforce and also maintaining engaged and ever-progressing employees. One site demonstrated this…


Landscaping Competition

Published 15 June 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAccommodation Entrance First Impressions standards Initial impressions Surrounding roads/pavements Tidiness Workforce involvement

Attempts to raise appearance standards helps to improve the profile for the site and industry as a whole.  Sites should strive to improve first impressions in order to generate a high level of appearance for site visitors, the public and their own workforce. The example below demonstrates how a site developed an innovative approach to maintain an exceptionally clean and well-presented compound…