Sustainable Landscaping Solutions

Published 23 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesAwareness Biodiversity Landscaping Planting Plastics and packaging Trees
In keeping with current best practice and to reduce adverse environmental impacts from the use of plastic products, the project is using a biodegradable product instead of plastic tree shelters. 5000 non-plastic shelters are being installed at four locations with diverse micro-climates which allows their environmental specialists to monitor and understand the performance of the shelters in different conditions. The...

Drone Mounted GPR Surveys

Published 12 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Jasvir Sandhu
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
This contractor mounted a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) onto a drone to remove the constraint of having suitable ground conditions for a trolley mounted device as well as reducing the risk of a slip, trip or fall for the operatives. This development allows a GPR survey to be undertaken without the need to set foot on the ground. The sensor...

Dragons Den at an Academy

Published 29 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Alex Cartwright
CategoriesCareers advice Schools
The Public Liaison Officer for this contractor visited an academy to see year 8 pupils who have created their own programme to deliver to year 6’s which aims to help them feel more comfortable about the transition into high school . The year 8’s then put on a PowerPoint presentation promoting their proposed ideas of how they could make year...

Webinar for Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Published 21 June 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill
This contractor hosted an online webinar session for approx. 40 members of the local CIOB branch. The session was arranged via the local CIOB representative to promote ongoing works on the Cairngorm Mountain Funicular Railway reinstatement. The session was hosted by the Senior Project Manager and Community Benefits Advisor. During the one-hour session, they discussed the methods of construction, programme...

Promoting Pride Month

Published 21 June 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion
The project team at this contractor participated in raising awareness of Pride Month through flying the Rainbow Flag on site. Flying the flag showed the contractor are supportive and inclusive of those celebrating Pride Month.

Hackathon Session for a University

Published 21 June 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCommunity liaison Universities
This contractor hosted an online hackathon session with 12 local university students currently studying Architectural Technology. The session was coordinated via the University lecturer and facilitated by the contractors Community Benefit Advisor, with further support and inputs from the Senior Project Manager, Digital Technician and Community Benefit Advisor. During the two-hour session, students discussed future opportunities to improve the visitor...

Electric Vehicle Car Points in Project Car Park

Published 21 June 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Energy saving measures Hybrid/electric plant Sustainable solutions
This contractor installed electric vehicle car charge points within the car park of their project. Eight electric car charging points have been installed within the temporary accommodation compound car park. With many people now having hybrid or fully electric cars and the focus on becoming more sustainable, the electric vehicle car charge points will be a great asset for their...

Design Engineer Construct Partnership with a Secondary School

Published 21 June 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCommunity liaison Schools
As part of the community benefits offer for this project, the contractor have recently adopted a local academy and are supporting the school to complete the Class of Your Own Design Engineer Construct (DEC!) Programme Their Digital Technician hosted a webinar session with pupils to discuss his journey into the industry and the benefits of digital technology in construction. The...

Cairngorm Mountain Volunteering Day

Published 21 June 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesBusinesses Charities/organisations Community liaison Cooperation Legacy
This contractors staff volunteered with the Cairngorm Mountain’s mountain ranger service team. The volunteer team started off the day by assisting to clear out the drains and dig a new ditch after the recent snow and weather damage. In the afternoon, the team worked in the mountain garden to assist with painting and branch cutting to clear the area for...

Sustainable PPE

Published 16 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Alice Mann
CategoriesRecycle Reduce Sustainable procurement
On this project they have been part of a trial to determine if they can swap to sustainable PPE. Five members of the team have trialled sustainable workwear in efforts to ‘green up’ the supply chain. Items of PPE that have been a part of the trial include soft shell jackets and boots made from recycled plastic bottles, glasses made...

Mental Health First Aid Training for Local Residents

Published 16 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Alice Mann
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners Counselling services Healthy lifestyle advice Mental health Mental health first aiders
This contractor ran an accredited Mental Health First Aid training course in collaboration with their scaffolding subcontractor. Members of the local community and organisations were invited to attend with the aim of targeting those who could make best use of the knowledge and skills they have learnt to support the wider community. The two day accredited course enables attendees to...

Crane Enclosure Redesign to Improve Health and Safety

Published 16 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Alice Mann
CategoriesBoundary security Property security Site security
This contractor have worked in collaboration with their tower crane business team, the client and police liaison to completely redesign their existing crane base enclosure system to improve health and safety. Previously, mesh panels were connected to the anti-climb fan of the crane to create a 6-metre-tall lockable security enclosure which prevented access to the crane for unauthorised personnel, both...

Congestion Monitoring

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Jasvir Sandhu
CategoriesPublic diversions Routes Traffic management arrangements
An solution to monitoring the impact of traffic management on the road network has been implemented by this contractor. This solution uses crowd sourced data (phones, satellite navigation systems and other digital devices) to enable live and historic monitoring of traffic through a particular road or lane closure. Reports can be produced to show the historic trends of traffic as...

Virtual Work Programme for Business Skills Foundation Apprentices

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Schools
As part of community engagement on their project, the contractor has supported a new virtual programme for West Highland College Foundation Apprentice Business Skills students. The virtual programme has pupils participating in monthly live webinars with the contractors staff as well as completing monthly reports relating to Business Engagement, Marketing and Work Winning. In January 2021, pupils were joined by...

Virtual Programme for Foundation Apprentice Civil Engineers

Published 20 April 2021 | No comments
Written by John Cairns
CategoriesApprenticeships Colleges Mentoring Placements
As part of community engagement on this project, the contractor are working with North East Scotland College to support 9 Civil Engineering Foundation Apprentices on a bespoke virtual work placement project which runs in 2021. During the project, students have completed a series of civil engineering research activities including a piling solutions task connected to ongoing works at Union Terrace...