Considerate Constructors take National Awards

Nottinghamshire builders, Robert Woodhead Limited, received a national site award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) for its work on the Building a Better Nottingham programme

The company has been working with Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes on a £2.85m scheme to build 26 new sustainable council homes across the city.

Site Manager Robert Chadwick was nominated for his site at Henning Gardens in Top Valley. The former disused garage site is now host to eight two-bedroom family homes, providing much needed accommodation and improving the surrounding environment for local people.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is a national initiative, set up by the construction industry to improve its image. Construction sites and companies that register with the scheme are monitored against a strict set of standards, designed to encourage best practice, beyond the statutory requirements of any building site.

At the awards ceremony in Manchester this afternoon, Henning Gardens’ Site Manager, Robert Chadwick, (pictured) was presented with a CCS Bronze Award. Robert held numerous site visits for local schools, hosted an onsite careers day and even helped produce a video of the project. David Woodhead, Managing Director at Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “We’re delighted that our Site Manager, Robert Chadwick, has been presented with a another Bronze Award after scoring 41/50 on the independent assessment.

This is his second national site award and goes to show how significant the Scheme is for us as a company. It is important that we constantly improve our Considerate Constructor’s Scheme scores to help make building a better experience for all.”

Assessors from CCS look at a number of areas related to how the site is managed. Site managers are expected to demonstrate how considerate the construction has been to the general public, the workforce and the local environment. Each of the four Building a Better Nottingham sites Robert Woodhead has worked on over the past year have been assessed by CCS against a new stringent set of guidelines, built around key themes, including:

• Enhancing the appearance

• Respecting the community

• Protecting the environment

• Securing everyone’s safety

• Caring for the workforce.

All scored highly, with a number of individual marks of ‘excellent’ and a couple of ‘exceptional’ points. Robert Woodhead scored on average 38.25/50 on all sites completed to date on the on the Building a Better Nottingham programme, well above the national average.

The CCS assessor highlighted all areas at Henning Gardens as excellent, with the exception of ‘securing everyone’s safety’ which they said was exceptional.

In summarising the assessment, the CCS report said: ‘The site has remained as an excellent example of promotion of CCS principles and a commitment to improving the image of the construction industry.’

It paid particular attention to the local community: ‘Respect for neighbours and prompt personal attention to their concerns has remained excellent throughout and appreciation in the form of “we’ll miss you” comments indicate the extent of the site manager’s efforts.’

Steve Hale, Director of Property Services at Nottingham City Homes, said: “I would like to congratulate Robert Woodhead, in particular the site team at Henning Gardens, for achieving such a prestigious award.

“At NCH we have become a Client Partner of the CCS scheme. Being a member of the scheme goes to further highlight our commitment, and that of Nottingham City Council, to the high standards required on our developments to achieve this sort of accolade.”