Westleigh Partnerships


Ramadan Awareness Countdown Calendars

Published 23 April 2018 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesCultural needs Diversity Equality Minority groups Religious considerations
We have recently implemented and had awareness of events and days including those supporting apprentices and women. On site there is a diverse workforce with some operatives observing Ramadan. With this in mind we have issued several countdown to Ramadan calendars on site, the aim is to engage those unaffected by directly involving them. The key points of awareness around...

The Benefits of GPS Plant

Published 5 April 2018 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesPost-completion impact
We have used GPS plant, which is nothing new in large scale civils operations but we have gone further and have introduced this technology into smaller, more sensitive ground works, for the following reasons: The number of operatives required to do the task is reduced, given that the largest number of fatalities on a construction site is by moving plant,...

Department for Work and Pensions site talk

Published 14 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Careers advice Placements
Westleigh’s newly CCS registered site at St Mary’s in the heart of Leicester has decided to tackle the issue of filling the skills shortage with what will be a series of site visits and talks by the staff on site to a number of invitees in a bid to attract new operatives into the industry. Our first talk has been...

Tree Grinding to Reduce Waste and C02

Published 9 October 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesMinimised fuel use Plant and machinery Reduce Trees
Every site has its own challenges and our new site in the heart of Leicester is no exception. Deeply wooded and overgrown, a plan was needed to ensure the regeneration of the area was not only efficient and had little impact on the neighbours but should also be good for the environment. In a bid to maximise the recycling output...

Charity Bike Ride to Paris for Headway Charity

Published 17 August 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesCharities/organisations Workforce
2015 saw Westleigh’s much loved head office receptionist Helen suffer a devastating stroke: she was rushed to Coventry University Hospital, where the fabulous work of the paramedics and specialist doctors set her on a path to recovery. The work and support of the Headway charity was vital to Helen and her family during this period and they continue to help...

Primary school safety competition

Published 17 August 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
Construction sites can pose a danger to children, especially during the summer months when they can be perceived as somewhere to find adventure, so when Site manager Kerry Dyson was given the Ecton Brook site to run he immediately decided that as Considerate Constructors, the site should engage the local school which is adjacent to the site. The Ecton Brook...

Fair Trade Ethical Paving

Published 15 August 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesIllegal workers Supply chain Supply chain
Westleigh’s Loughborough Development has taken material choice a step further by specifying products that are Fair Trade-endorsed and from ethical sources. This product shows commitment to helping the community in India where this product is sourced from. We aim to ensure all products are from ethical sources and our supplier is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative. Using this...

Using the cafe from a local nursery

Published 1 August 2017 | No comments
Written by Mike Dean
CategoriesCanteen Healthy lifestyle advice Nurseries Recreation
Adjacent to the site is a drop-in day nursery called the Whistle-Stop Nursery. On our first visit to introduce ourselves as neighbours we noticed that they run a café for the Mums to have a sandwich and a cup of tea while their kids are out on the fun frames. The kitchen was underused and the workforce on our site...

Fatigue Reduction Technology

Published 24 July 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue
Workplace operative comfort is a high priority for Westleigh, this is coupled with safety as it can affect tiredness during long process activities. Our sister company Westframe, who provide all our timber frame requirements, have recently improved and added to the measures taken to ensure our workforce are comfortable at work. All work stations at the factory have benefited from...

Cycle to Work Scheme

Published 26 June 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Minimised fuel use Travel plans
With a passion to look after our workforce, and when new initiatives become available that are designed to benefit our employees and be a better option for the environment, we are quick to see the benefits and join up. The cycle to work scheme is a government initiative that allows you to save money on the cost of a new...

Supporting Age UK’s ‘men in sheds’ campaign

Published 19 May 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesCharities/organisations Cooperation
Westleigh’s site in Loughborough has supported ‘Men in Sheds’,  a national scheme operated by Age UK that aims to engage the retired and those with health problems, with worthwhile companionship through community projects making benches and bird boxes as well as other small projects from their local workshop. The site manager and three operatives donated the site hoarding and other...

100% Face Fit Compliant Achievement

Published 14 March 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesOccupational health risks PPE
Westleigh’s commitment to raising standards of safety and the well being of our workforce coupled with compliance within safety legislation is our top priority. Our gold ISO award underlines that commitment, and we have recently become 100% compliant with face fit testing, this in itself is a good achievement but we have gone even further and we also provide and...

Environmental Best Practice in Design

Published 3 March 2017 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesActual vs target Carbon footprint reporting Minimised energy use Mud Reduce
Westleigh always strive to find best practice through design, not only does this increase our quality and standard of build but these methods are the key building block in our commitment to protecting the environment. At our recently completed Nuneaton site, we piloted the use of the Insulslab foundation method, which provided a more cost effective method than the more...

Parking to prevent disruption

Published 29 November 2016 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesParking Sensitivity to neighbours
Parking is the main issue, at our Loughborough site with an average of 75 operatives needing to attend site every day, with this in mind car sharing is encouraged and is taking place. We have also implemented a strict ‘NO OFF SITE PARKING’ policy, requiring all operatives, contractors and visitors to park on site. To be committed to this, the...

Supporting Loughborough University Studies

Published 16 November 2016 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
CategoriesTrade contractors Universities
In July 2016, we contacted Loughborough University to see if we could assist with students as part of their construction studies. We received a reply from Yaa Berkoh who was undertaking MSc studies in construction management, so she was invited to site, and we agreed to take part in a “construction industry human resource management study”. We took part by...