Virtual Work Experience for Neurodiverse Students

Published 10 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Laura Regan
CategoriesCharities/organisations Disadvantaged groups Equality Schools
Working with The Courtyard, a school specialising in working with children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and/or communication needs, the contractor developed a six-week work experience specifically for neurodiverse students. This programme involved designing a welfare facility with coronavirus restrictions, using Matterport, DALUC and Google Sketch Up – this was based on a real-world problem for the project....

Fall Protection Management System

Published 10 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Laura Regan
CategoriesBarriers Communicate initiatives Controls Falling debris Workforce information
Every element of edge protection on the site is assessed by the contractor when it is put in position. Once they have assessed and signed off that element of edge protection, this is logged on the Fall Protection Management System on Fieldview and provided a QR code. This system allows the area of edge protection to be allocated to a...

Lateral Transport Unit

Published 12 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
Due to the complex nature of manoeuvring heavy, pre-cast soffit slabs in a site with many logistical constraints and challenges, the project engineers researched into what they could use to facilitate the movement of the slabs, whilst also reducing the associated health and safety risks. The slabs are required to be moved between different levels and different columns which, is...

Walk and Talk Mental Health Initiative

Published 9 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners Healthy lifestyle advice Mental health Mental health first aiders
The recent Mental Health Awareness Week prompted this project to develop a ‘walk and talk’ scheme in an attempt to look outside of the box and further eliminate the stigma of mental health concerns – particularly stigmas within the construction industry. The concept of the ‘walk and talk’ scheme either as a group or an individual involves taking operatives out...

Electromagnetic Flow Meter

Published 5 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesInspections Monitoring and reporting Rivers/watercourses Spill control Water saving measures Working methods and equipment
To tackle a reoccurring issue of obstructions getting caught in the projects water flow meters and subsequently not recording accurately, the project has procured an electromagnetic flow meter. The measuring principle of this electromagnetic flow meter is based on Faraday’s Law. An electrode voltage is created when a conductive liquid pass through the flowmeter’s magnetic field. This eliminates any blockages...

Trade Contractor Health and Safety Bulletin

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesCampaigns Communicate initiatives Supply chain engagement Training Workforce consultation Workforce information
From this contractors safety leadership team meeting it was raised that communication was an area to be improved by those on site, especially in relation to sharing best practice initiatives and the responsibilities of each of the trade contractors. It was also suggested that they promote best practice amongst trade contractors by sharing toolbox talk resources and training information. Their...

Rebate Funded Complimentary Training

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesEmployed Personal development Self-employed Trade contractors Training
HSS Training has worked with the contractor and have implemented complementary training across several of this contractors projects in the UK and as such a bespoke commercial agreement was established to support this proposition. Additionally, they had the support from the client, to reserve the rebate funds to enhance onsite training for their operatives improving general training on subjects that...

Minimising Impact on Infrastructure

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesRoutes Timings Traffic management arrangements
To minimise the projects impact on the local infrastructure network several initiatives have been developed. The team have engaged Transport for London to understand the impact that the development is having on the number of people travelling via public transport to the project. The collaboration in the sharing of data is being used to help inform project policy regarding alternate...

Large Scale Food Bank Initiative

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Trade contractors
Working in collaboration across the project, the contractor has worked with their client and trade contractors to launch a large scale foodbank initiative. The intention of this drive is to accumulate a substantial donation for their local foodbank to ease food insecurity for local families. To ensure the initiative is widely applied, the project has launched two donation mechanisms. The...

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
On this project the lift engineering trade contractor, are using Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). This equipment works as fast acting circuit breakers which sense small imbalances in the circuit caused by current leakages to ground and in a fraction of a second shuts off the electricity. These devices are used on shaft temporary lighting, all other portable electrical tooling...

Synchro – Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence

Published 20 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesAccess/egress Driver information Roads Supply chain engagement Working methods
Due to the multiphase nature and multiple access points of this project, logistics is a key challenge. The team examined different perspectives on logistics challenges and looked to learn from other industries, engaging with automotive software provider – Inform. Working with them and supply chain partners they developed a piece of software that addressed constraints associated with traditional delivery management...

Collaboration and Innovation Working Group

Published 20 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesCCS briefing and action plan Clients Cooperation Management review Scheme training and champion Supply chain Workforce
The project team work across their project to hold regular meetings with the contractor, the client and the Project Directors of their most engaged trade contractors to discuss specifically the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Not only do they consider how they can implement innovations and best practice shared on the hub, but they also research and raise ideas for potential new...

Inclusive Workforce Board Game

Published 20 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesConsultation Diversity Equality Inclusion
This contractor has implemented an inclusion workshop featuring the interactive board game ‘Equally Yours’ on their projects. The game required participation from 24 volunteers which were split into two groups of 12 with the session held on Microsoft Teams. Participants included staff from various disciplines to ensure that the participants accurately represented the team. Launching in conjunction with International Women’s...

Volunteering Pledge

Published 5 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Labour Legacy Residents Supply chain Trade contractors Workforce
Traditionally on construction projects, contractors have left a positive legacy by getting involved in community projects. The aim of the Battersea Phase 3 pledge is to formally provide a joined up and organised approach to volunteering across all the trade contractors working on Battersea Phase 3. The pledge ensured that a pool of skills across the trade contractors was available...

Listening Lounge

Published 5 May 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Austin
CategoriesAccess to health practitioners Counselling services Healthy lifestyle advice Mental health Mental health first aiders Posters Wellbeing events
Working with their trade contractors and mental health first aiders, the team have established the Listening Lounge in a discrete area of their welfare facility. Being mindful of other faiths prayer routines, twice a week between 9.00am – 12.00pm the prayer and wellbeing room is set up as a Listening Lounge. During these times six of their mental health first...