Solar Pod Generator

Published 23 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Charlotte Ross
CategoriesCarbon footprint reporting Energy efficient accommodation Energy saving measures Minimised energy use Minimised fuel use Noise Sustainable solutions
At Berkeley West Thames in Southall, we are committed to lowering emissions from our activities on site. As such, we encourage all our trade partners to strive towards our carbon objectives and targets. To this effect, FM Conway have brought to site a solar generator, the Autosmart Solar Pod, to power their welfare cabins. The Solar Pod charges batteries all...

Women Into Construction

Published 23 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Charlotte Ross
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Create opportunities CSCS Diversity Equality Inclusion Skills card
Berkeley West Thames, West London College (WLC) and Women Into Construction (WIC) teamed up this summer to offer women an opportunity to kick start a career in construction by hosting a four week training programme at the West London Construction Academy (WLCA), located on Berkeley’s Southall Waterside development. The programme provided an insight into the vast career options available within...

Re-usable fabric door handle covers

Published 24 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Mariyana Stoyanova
CategoriesGreen purchasing Plastics and packaging Reduce Sustainable solutions
At South Quay Plaza we are committed to minimise our use of disposable plastics, following the CCS ‘Spotlight on… plastics and packaging’ campaign. As part of this we have developed a plastics and packaging minimising strategy. Our latest initiative challenged us to review the different types of disposable plastic protection we use on site and find an alternative. A major...

Fatigue Monitoring System

Published 24 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Kevin Roodt
CategoriesMental health Occupational health risks Worker fatigue
Considering the importance that the HSE places on fatigue and working excessive, along with our focus on Mental health, we decided to have Datascope create a way in which to record and clearly indicate the number of hours worked per operative per week. A report is then automatically created and sent to the Goodmans Fields management team to review on...

Bespoke Plasterboard Clamp Trolley

Published 24 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Kevin Roodt
CategoriesIdentification of near misses Occupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
These custom made/ bespoke trolleys were designed in a collaboration between Goodman’s Fields management, our dry lining contractor, BDL, and their parent company, Carey. They are standard trolleys that are modified to incorporate adjustable clamping arms to keep various sized boards in place whilst being transported around sight. We decided to carry out this modification as we found that, using...

Asset Tagging

Published 20 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Mariyana Stoyanova
CategoriesReduce Sustainable solutions Unloading
We have worked closely with our logistics contractor to develop a project-specific asset tagging phone/ tablet application. The app utilised pre-produced barcodes, which are assigned to delivery materials and pallets. Once on site, delivery notes, gate location and receiving Traffic Marshal are scanned onto the system using the Smart App. The Smart App also assists with bespoke storage areas, off-load...

Hybrid Cherry Picker

Published 19 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Mariyana Stoyanova
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Green purchasing Minimised fuel use Reduce
As part of working towards reducing our carbon emissions and becoming carbon positive, we have replaced our standard cherry picker with a NIFTY HR21 HYBRID 4×4 MK2. Niftylift has combined an efficient Tier 4/ EU Stage IIIB Diesel engine with a clean and quiet electric power pack to produce the world’s first parallel hybrid power system on a MEWP. The...

Double Height No Drill and Fix Edge Protection

Published 17 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Mariyana Stoyanova
CategoriesBarriers Scaffold protection Working methods
We have implemented an alternative edge protection solution. Rapid EPS is a fall-protection system, simply comprising of posts and panels clipping together to create a barrier. We utilise two panels on top of each other to create full-height edge protection around the entire perimeter of the slab. Prior to arriving to site, all products are fully tested by Lloyd’s British...

Policy Review to Minimise the Use of Plastic Products

Published 13 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Barnaby Blackman
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Reduce
At Berkeley Homes we have a protection policy which covers all stages of the build process. Unfortunately our protection policy consists of mainly plastic products. Since the photos of plastic gathering in the Pacific Ocean became publicised, we have taken it upon ourselves to review the protection policy along with our suppliers to minimise the use of plastic products. On...

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Published 10 June 2019 | No comments
Written by Mariyana Stoyanova
CategoriesSafety signage Working methods
Constructing a 68-storey tower in Canary Wharf is challenging for numerous reasons. A key challenge we face is unpredictable and high wind-speeds. We have installed hoist anemometers to all of our external hoists. These provide constant measuring of wind speed at the hoist cage and take away the responsibility of measuring and monitoring at particular intervals from the hoist drivers....

Safety Dashboard

Published 10 May 2019 | No comments
Written by Catherine Clarke
CategoriesActual vs target Hazard board Safety signage
Hollyfields have implemented a running dashboard to measure our health, safety and environmental targets. This consists of compiling data from health and safety audits, carried out by Directors and Group Health and Safety staff, creating tables and measuring this against our benchmark. We are also analysing weekly interventions logged by our site team, which involves reporting health and safety issues...

Festive Returns

Published 29 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Catherine Clarke
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill work Trees
A total of six million Christmas trees are thought to be thrown away every year in the UK. These are likely to end up in landfill, producing more methane and CO2, ultimately leading to climate change. As a construction site located within a relatively rural neighbourhood, we wondered what we can do to prevent this. Even if we could stop...

Actions Based on Scheme Monitor’s Recommendations

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Catherine Clarke
CategoriesCommunity notice board Promoting Construction campaign Scheme posters/banners Signage Social media
Following our latest CCS site visit, we reviewed our Monitor’s suggestions and implemented these ideas to further secure our Considerate Constructors title. One of the points was to develop and further exploit #loveconstruction. As all social media is managed on a corporate level, we decided to use hard copy examples of tweets, which are displayed on our notice board at...

Bi-Monthly Borough Council and Resident Meetings

Published 16 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Catherine Clarke
CategoriesResidents Sensitivity to neighbours Updates
Every other month, a meeting is held on site with the senior site team, key members from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and our neighbouring residents. This provides us with an opportunity to discuss progress, up-coming works and any items the residents or TWBC wish to discuss. We have found these meeting to be very beneficial and help provide clarity and...

Division-wide Water Standard

Published 16 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Catherine Clarke
CategoriesHarvesting rainwater Water saving measures
The site team at Hollyfields have developed a water standard which has been launched across the Eastern division. The document outlines the minimum requirements all sites must implement pre-construction and during, as well as best practice initiatives. For example, all sites are expected to implement rainwater harvesting measures, correct oil and water based brush storage, dual flush toilets etc. Best...