The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), which campaigns to raise industry standards on neighbourliness, safety and public image, is expanding its remit to allow companies, and not just individual sites, to register.
The scheme is currently being trialled by 18 companies across the UK, and the official nationwide launch is expected in July.
To register, companies must demonstrate a commitment to the environment, cleanliness, neighbourliness, safety and accountability. Their performance will then be monitored by an industry professional who will visit offices and sites.
Monitors produce a scored report that can be benchmarked against companies across the entire industry, with the highest achievers in different regions considered for national awards.
Firms with an annual turnover of up to £2.5 million will be able to badge all their sites under the scheme, while firms with an annual turnover above £2.5 million will be covered for all sites with a duration of less than six weeks.
This year’s CCS award winners were announced last month. The top award for the UK’s most considerate site went to Glenfarg Water Treatment Works in Scotland, run by main contractor Black and Veatch.
In a rural setting close to a village, the project involved a range of civil engineering work. The contractor minimised disruption by re-scheduling major works to coincide with school holidays, as well as arranging several community projects. Residents, suppliers and the client were so impressed by the comtractor’s performance that they sent unsolicited letters of congratulation.