Collinson Construction, the contractors instructed by Eden District Council to undertake the refurbishment of its new Zero Carbon Headquarters at Voreda House in Penrith, have signed up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Started in 1997, the Scheme was set up by the UK construction industry to improve its image and now registers over 8,000 sites, whilst conducting over 15,000 site visits each year. The Scheme is a non-profit-making independent organisation founded by the industry and recommended by local authorities and the Government.
By registering with the Scheme, Collinson Construction has made a commitment to operate in a considerate manner at all times, showing care towards those affected by the works at Voreda House and the wider community, as well as those who work on the site, and the natural environment.
Sites, companies and suppliers that register with the Scheme are monitored against a five-point Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage performance beyond statutory requirements. Those that register with the Scheme must:
- Care about appearance - The site should appear professional and well managed.
- Respect the community - Key considerations are noise, working hours, traffic and disruption.
- Protect the environment - The site should identify, manage and promote environmental issues. They should seek sustainable solutions and minimise their use of resources, the waste from their activities and their carbon footprint.
- Secure everyone’s safety - Those working on site should attain the highest levels of safety performance, having systems that care for the safety of those working on site and the general public.
- Value their workforce - The site should provide a supportive and caring work environment where everyone is respected, treated fairly, encouraged and supported.
Cllr Karen Greenwood, Resources Portfolio Holder at Eden District Council, said: “The Considerate Constructor Scheme reflects that it is not solely the main contractor who delivers a project, but rather the wider ‘construction team’.
“Subcontractors, suppliers, support services, senior management and operatives all have a role to play and of course, Eden District Council will also play an important role in ensuring that the project at Voreda House is run with as much consideration for the local community, and its environment, as is possible.”
Robert Duxbury, managing director of Collinson Construction, said: “The Considerate Constructor Scheme is an excellent platform to emphasise and drive positive change within the construction industry, so we’re proud to continue our association with the scheme.
“Collinson will work alongside key project partners – from Eden District Council to designers and sub-contractors – as well as engaging with the local community to deliver the project considerately in line with the scheme’s core values.
“We distributed the first letter drop to the local residents ahead of commencing on site in March, with the next quarterly update due shortly, in June.”