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Considerate Constructor Scheme

The considerate Constructor Scheme was started in 1997, this important initiative operates voluntary Site and Company Codes of Considerate Practice, with which participating construction companies and sites register.  

The Scheme is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded by the construction industry to improve its image. The Scheme is neither grant maintained nor funded by the Government and is solely financed by its registrations.

Compliance with the Scheme's Company Code of Considerate Practice indicates that a registered company is achieving a standard of performance that is beyond statutory requirements. There are eight sections of the Code that are scored against. It is possible to score between 1 and 5 points in each of the eight sections, with 3 indicating compliance. The maximum score achievable is 40.  

The LSE have tasked Geoffrey Osborne will achieving a score of 37.

Compliance with the Scheme's Company Code of Considerate Practice indicates that a registered company is achieving a standard of performance that is beyond statutory requirements. Companies and sites are not only assessed for compliance with the Scheme's Code, but also to identify any measures being taken by a company or its sites which are above and beyond these requirements. The diagram below illustrates score achieved on registered sites:

Constructor scheme

0-15:     A site in major non-compliance with the Scheme's Code
16-23:   A site with major and minor non-compliances with the Code
24:  Compliance*
25-30:   A good site that is considerate*
31-35:   A very considerate site*
36-40:   An exceptionally considerate site*
*(not less than 3 in each section)

The eight sections are: Considerate, Environment; Appearance, Good Neighbours, Respectful, Safety, Responsible, Accountable. A description of each of the eight sections are set out below:

Considerate: Everyone affected by the work to be carried out should be advised before it actually starts. Nuisance caused by deliveries, traffic and parking should be minimised. Diversions should be clearly signed with special attention paid to the needs of pedestrians and those with sight, hearing and mobility difficulties. 

Environment: The potential environmental and ecological effects of all operations should be identified and evaluated and appropriate action taken to minimise all forms of pollution. Every effort should be made to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Materials should be obtained from sustainable sources and local resources used where possible. All operations should make a positive contribution to the natural environment. 

Appearance: The company should be doing all it can to create an image of which the industry can be proud. All work areas including the perimeters and any facilities and company vehicles should be clean, tidy and well presented. All materials should be neatly stored. Waste, rubbish and litter should not be allowed to accumulate. Dusty operations should be managed to prevent any inconvenience. 

Good Neighbour: The supervisor's should interact proactively with the client and all neighbours throughout the work period to inform them about site activity and to avoid and pre-empt complaints. Any complaint should be logged and handled positively to achieve a satisfactory outcome for all concerned. 

Respectful: Everyone within the company should help to create a positive image of all work areas and maintain respectable and safe standards of dress and behaviour. Improper conduct and language should be subject to severe disciplinary action. Pride in the supervision and appearance of all work areas, temporary facilities and the surrounding area should be shown at all times. 

Safety: Systems should be in place so that construction work is carried out with care and consideration for the safety of the clients, public and those visiting and working on site. No work area should be a security risk to others. 

Responsible: Considerate constructors should be aware of their obligations to personnel, act in a professional and conscientious manner and play a part in the development of the industry's future workforce.

Accountable: The company should promote the Scheme's aim of "improving the image of construction". Everyone associated with the company should understand and comply with the Code of Considerate Practice. The training and development needs for all within the company should be identified and addressed.  

For more information please see www.ccscheme.org.uk|

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