17th September 2019
Last week, Saxon Square received an outstanding achievement and certificate of excellence from the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The site has complied with the Scheme's Code of Considerate Practice by achieving a score of 8 or above in each of the five sections (Appearance, Community, Environment, Safety and Workforce).
The Saxon Square development was subject to four external site visits over the course of 2 years. The visits (undertaken by a Considerate Constructors monitor) aim to highlight areas of improvement for sites, with the overall aim to improve the image of construction.
The CCS monitor reported that the appearance of the Saxon Square site was exceptionally tidy, and also praised a recent measure introduced to improve operative’s off site appearance is the ‘check yourself before you leave’ initiative with signage and mirrors provided.
Respect for the community was again excellent with the site issuing informative newsletters to the local residents and promoting the local neighbourhood watch.
Our Saxon Square site has some great environmental sustainability initiatives, and during the first 18 months of the contract 63% of waste was segregated on site and 99.6% diverted from landfill. Furthermore, multi-use thermos flasks and recycled bamboo fibre coffee mugs have been issued to the workforce in lieu of plastic cups. A beehive is also being provided in the wild-flower meadow to complement the ‘bee friendly’ plants already established.
Safety measures in place were reported the be excellent with traffic marshals receiving additional training so that all delivery vehicles are CLOCS registered and checked to ensure safety features are working correctly.
The site demonstrated respect and value for the workforce and during periods of hot weather the workforce were issued with collapsible and fold up when empty water containers complete with carabiners for clipping to belts. Furthermore, the site team are encouraging the fitness of the workforce by promoting the company’s monthly Health and Wellbeing Campaign ‘Steptember’ - a ‘10,000 step’ challenge. All personnel achieving this daily target enter a draw for a £100 gift voucher.
The monitor commented “It has been very rewarding visiting this site over the past 2 years as Justin and his colleagues have noted and addressed items raised for consideration in the reports. As a result, the sites score has increased on every visit.”