Wates Construction

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Bridges to Site to Adhere to Social Distancing Guidelines

Published 10 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesAccess/egress Footpaths and diversions
On this project, the new teaching block is being built in the middle of the current school. The students use a walkway to get around the school, which has the site welfare on one side and on the other side is the site. In order for operatives to get from the welfare area to site, a bridge has been constructed...

Progress Photos on the Hoarding

Published 10 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesFirst Impressions standards Initial impressions Sensitivity to neighbours Updates
The pedestrian entrance at this project has a long walkway to the site entrance turnstile. To avoid keeping the hoarding up the walkway either plain or filling it with posters, the site team have used this space to display monthly progress photos. Each month, a current photo of site is added to the walkway, so visitors to site can see...

Riser Safe

Published 10 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesBarriers Falling debris Working methods
This project has a fully integrated BIM model and have taken the opportunity to utilise the riser safe system manufactured by Ambar Kelly which provides the following advantages: Ambar Kelly designs, fabricates and supplies engineered ‘chequer-plate’ covers for all Duct Voids through the precast slabs and incorporates precise access holes for service installations to maintain safety and fire security throughout...

Promoting Black History Month

Published 2 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion
October is Black History Month and to mark this the project team celebrated the achievements and contributions to the UK and around the world of black people throughout history. Informative posters were placed around site to recognise the accomplishments of black Britons to educate all of the workforce on black history.

Creating a Garden Oasis for Barnardo’s

Published 2 November 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesCharities/organisations Community liaison Cooperation Goodwill Labour Legacy Supply chain Supporting local communities Workforce
The project team organised an afternoon of clearing weeds, stinging nettles and creating a garden oasis for families who use Barnardo’s Freemans Centre in Brent. The centre supports struggling families and is a safe space for children and young people. Benches, planters and a wormery was donated by the supply chain. The wormery is to encourage children to learn about...

Smoothie Bike

Published 12 October 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Mental health
As part of this project’s ‘Fitness Fortnight’ initiative they hired a smoothie bike in which the workforce were able to create healthy smoothies by pedalling the smoothie bike. It was healthy, sustainable and a fun way to get some nutrients inside of the workforce. Improving the diet of the workforce will not only help their waistline but it can also...

NHS Test and Trace Site Sign In

Published 12 October 2020 | No comments
Written by Bethany Lilley
CategoriesHealth screening Medical conditions Occupational health risks Posters
On the Royal College of Surgeon’s site in London, the Wates Construction team have implemented the use of the NHS Test and Trace QR check in for all operatives and visitors to the site. The QR codes are displayed at the entrance to site to check in upon entry as well as in the canteen areas to record when the...

NHS Track and Trace

Published 29 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesMedical conditions Posters
Knowles House site has registered for an official ‘NHS QR code’ and have displayed the poster at all entrances and exits in and prominent positions on site Site staff and operatives will be asked to scan our specific QR code on their mobile or tablet, in order to ‘check in’ to us and share their information – instead of writing...

Kaizen Method of Working

Published 7 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesInclusion Management attitudes Recognition
Taken from the Japanese word for continuous improvement or change for the better, the concept of Kaizen is making small but continuous changes for the better at work. Kaizen involves every employee and strongly encourages suggestions for improvements, even if they are minor, as long as improvements continue. Suggestions coming from all levels of the workplace, from our security guards...

Hey Girls Initiative

Published 1 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesChanging Sanitary bins Toilets
This project has signed up to the Hey Girls Period Dignity movement. As the company is a member of Social Enterprise UK they are among many UK businesses who are making vital steps in building an equal working environment. Period protection at work is a necessity and the project team are putting the needs of the workforce and the community,...

Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Ambassador

Published 1 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion Management attitudes
Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Ambassadors promote a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect within the organisation in which they work. They are expected to embody the principles of FIR: work collaboratively, whilst stepping in to take action, challenge behaviours and positively impact workplace culture. The project team have signed up to the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect commitments and they...

Engaging with Students to Promote the Construction Industry as a Career Choice During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published 11 August 2020 | No comments
Written by Rosie McGuirk
CategoriesCareers advice Schools Universities
On this project, the Construction Manager carried out a virtual site tour – to London South East College Students, which was then followed by a live zoom Q&A session, giving students the opportunity to ask any questions they had. The success of this session led to another virtual tour scheduled for September 2020. The Student Placement Team Leader’s feedback was...

Newspaper for Subcontractors

Published 3 August 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesInclusion Management attitudes Supply chain Trade contractors
Due to the coronavirus social distancing measures we have a lack of well-being facilitators. In light of this we have created a subcontractor newspaper to engage our contractors and to get our safety message across in a fun and informative way. We have also translated the newsletter to the most popular languages that are currently used on site to ensure...

Promoting CCS E-Learning

Published 29 July 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesEmployed Personal development Supply chain Training
This project is promoting the Best Practice Hub and in particular the several e-learning courses available. All staff and contractors are actively encouraged to take this courses during their time on the project. It gives everyone an opportunity to apply what they have learned in and around site. The project team has also created a bespoke board so they can...

Branded Face Masks 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 20 July 2020 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesMedical conditions Occupational health risks
Face masks are an important item to protect the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. This project has chosen to provide branded face masks for those working on the site. Even though the workforce cannot see each others faces they feel the branded masks gives a sense of unity and being part of a team.