WINT Water Intelligence System

Published 5 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Helen Fake
CategoriesSpecialist input Water saving measures
During the Finsbury Tower construction process, the construction team implemented a WINT water intelligence system. WINT detects and stops leaks at the source using Artificial Intelligence. It alerts you when water is leaking and can automatically shuts off water flow. Intelligent real-time monitoring identifies sources of leaks and waste, reducing water consumption and preventing damage. As water is an increasingly...

Construction Careers Education from Home

Published 5 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Laura Hampson
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools
The project team created an activity book for early years primary school children. The book included colouring, learning and reading activities pitched at ages 4-6 years old. The purpose was to help children learn and provide parents with an easy activity whilst children are off school during the pandemic. The book can be used for other purposes such as giveaways...

COMET Root Cause Analysis Toolkit

Published 5 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Andrew Kinsey
CategoriesControls Initiatives Inspections Reporting Working methods
Investigation of accidents, incidents and near misses is essential if lessons are to be learned. Understanding root causes and associated human factors is important to prevent recurrence but is not always done or done well. COMET from STC Insiso is a product developed by professional investigators with major accident experience in the oil and gas sector which this contractor is...

HVO Green D+ Fuel Trials

Published 26 April 2021 | No comments
Written by Lynne Potter
CategoriesAir quality Hybrid/electric plant Plant and machinery Working methods and equipment
This contractor is using HVO Green D+ as an alternative fuel type made from Hydro Treated Vegetable Oil to replace white diesel. The fuel reduces emissions, NOx and particulate matter, greatly improving air quality. The contractor are currently using the HVO fuel in their welfare van and the site road sweeper. Going forward they will be suppling two forklifts for...

Powertrack Low Level Modular System 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 16 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Simon Park
CategoriesInitiatives Lighting Working methods
On this project they have strived to find new products and ways to ensure that they increase safety, efficiency, sustainability and cost effectiveness. One product they have found is Powertrack, which is a low-level modular system which distributes lighting and power across construction sites, its made up of eleven profiles that can be moved and modified in minutes. They estimated...

Peregrine Falcon Guidance Note for Operatives 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 16 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Tezeta Shimelis
CategoriesAwareness Birds Wildlife
Peregrines Falcon birds have been given the highest possible legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Traditionally found on sea cliffs and upland crags, peregrine falcons are increasingly spotted in town centres. To prevent injury to Peregrine Falcons, the contractor delivered a Peregrine Falcon guidance note as a form of Dos and Don’ts. Do’s If you come across...

Offering Meeting Space to Local Charities

Published 16 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Laura Hampson
CategoriesCharities/organisations Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Goodwill
The project team have an office close to the construction site. The office is in a serviced office, shared with other commercial tenants and also includes a roof terrace. The building has several meetings rooms which are not constantly in use, and so the team has offered the spaces to be used by charities or community groups. The offer was...

Earth Friendly Concrete

Published 8 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesCarbon management Energy saving measures Reduce Sustainable solutions
Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) is traditional concrete that doesn’t use ordinary Portland cement (OPC). EFC uses a geopolymer binder system made from the chemical activation of two industrial waste byproducts – blast furnace slag and fly ash. This alternative binder can reduce the carbon emissions associated with OPC by up to 90%. The engineering and construction properties of EFC are...

Creating Extra High Fencing to Secure the Public Highway

Published 8 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Morane Senyarich
CategoriesBoundary security Pedestrian safety Property security
On this project there was a requirement to create a temporary interface to enable a hoarding section to be removed without having to close off the road. The barrier needed to be sufficiently high to prevent debris falling into the public highway. The idea of affixing Herras fencing panels to Jersey barriers was quickly put into practise by one of...

Virtual Placement During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published 1 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Katerina Papavasileiou
CategoriesMentoring Placements Training Universities
On this project they provided a virtual two-month placement to a university graduate. The participant spent August and September 2020 supporting the Community and Skills team, gaining experience on how a responsible business works in practice. Due to coronavirus restrictions they had to identify a new way to continue working with young people. Therefore, altering some of their programmes to...

Coronavirus Weekly Testing for all Site Operatives

Published 1 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Donald Cooke
CategoriesControls Health screening Medical conditions Occupational health risks
On this project they have set up weekly coronavirus Lateral flow testing for the entire project which is complete for the entire site of 450 people within 2 hours. The logistics, timing and management of the entire procedure is set up and managed by the contractor, with the actual test itself being carried out by an external provider using medically trained...

Net Zero Carbon Challenge

Published 1 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Katerina Papavasileiou
CategoriesCampaigns Carbon management Education Involvement Local groups Training Workforce
The Net Zero Hackney Challenge was a programme, developed by the project team aiming to educate young people about net zero carbon and provide opportunities to the younger generation to enter the construction industry. This programme contributed to the efforts to improve social mobility in the borough by creating opportunities for further training, placements, work experience and mentoring. The net...

Recycled and Reusable Plastic Pallets

Published 1 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Charlotte Wigg
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Re-use Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions
A continual issue found on construction sites, from both an environmental and health and safety focus, is the use of traditional timber pallets for material delivery. These usually have a very limited lifespan, and after one delivery can very rarely be used as is again, requiring further manufacture to make them fit for use. Fire loading is also a common...

Working Conditions Survey as Part of a Modern Slavery Strategy

Published 22 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Morane Senyarich
CategoriesConsultation Modern slavery
As part of the contractors strategy to help eradicate modern slavery, one of the projects conducted a working conditions survey among the site operatives in partnership with a survey provider. Each worker was invited to participate in this anonymous survey, to answer comprehensive questions about their working conditions, safety, and wellbeing. The survey process measured working conditions and helped to...

Bespoke Article on Opportunities in the Built Environment for Local Sixth Form College

Published 22 February 2021 | No comments
Written by Morane Senyarich
CategoriesColleges Legacy
In a developing relationship with a sixth form college to one of its sites, this contractor identified an opportunity to write an inspiring guidance article to help students understand the opportunities available to them in the construction industry. This was published in the college’s fortnightly online careers newsletter. The article was to open the students’ eyes to the huge range...