Our Commitments

We have been consistently recognised for our commitment to quality, over the last decade we have received multiple third party commendations and awards.  We have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen for our work on Ministry of Defence Sites in Lincolnshire. We have been awarded The Federation of Master Builders  - National Master Builder of the Year Award which reflected the exceptional levels of customer service that Woodhead delivered on a specific project,  as well as our ability to offer value for money, to work to schedule and to demonstrate a good overall attitude across our workforce.

Committed to Quality

Our commitment to quality is managed internally by the application of our ISO19001:2008 accreditation, we were one of the first construction companies to be ISO:9001 Accredited.

Committed to Health and Safety

We operate an Every One, Every Day, Home Safe policy and approach Health and Safety in thee stages;

  • Plan
  • Manage
  • Monitor

We are CHAS Accredited and operate in compliance with our OHSAS18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification. Our approach to Health and Safety starts at the very top. Our directors all have IOSH Certification, our Site Managers have 5 day SMSTS training and CITB Health and Safety Training to Supervisor level as a minimum.  We have an award winning strategy to achieve excellence in Health and Safety, most recently we have been recognised by the CIOB, Committed to Construction Awards 2012 for our innovative approach to monitoring Health and Safety records to attain continuous improvement. We are a member of EMCSA (The East Midlands Construction Safety Association) and attend regular development days to discuss Health and Safety best practise with other contractors. We also run Home Safe Workshops for our Clients supply chain.

Improving the Image of Construction

Woodhead Living are also committed to improving the image of construction and register eligible projects to the Considerate Constructors Scheme.  We take pride in our work, our site operatives are our ambassadors and they consistently go the extra mile to make building a experience better for all.

Committed to Local Spend & Local Employment

Responsible procurement is essential and we value the importance of local people working on local projects. We are regularly monitored on our local spend both internally and externally. In June 2012 we achieved an average local spend of over 90% within a 60 mile radius of sites on the EMPA Minor Works Framework.  Other stand out achievements include 100% of local spend within 20 miles of completed Nottingham City Homes sites. 88% of the contract value spent within 30 miles of the Heritage Skills Centre project and 82% spent within 40 miles on the social housing development at Pinfold Lane, Ruskington. Our experience demonstrates that utilising local supply chains chains deliver many benefits including:

  • Creates jobs and other employment opportunities
  • Enhances the local economy
  • Provides community well being
  • Delivers time and efficiency savings
  • Protects the environment and reduces material miles
  • Produces a higher level of craftsmanship

Other achievements include a local spend percentage of 92% within a 15 miles radius on our conservation contract at Lincoln Castle Walls and the provision of over 1,300 days of work for local subcontractors on a refurbishment project at Newark and Sherwood Day Service Centre as part of a wider £1.5m scheme of works procured through the EMPA Framework.

Committed to the Environment & Sustainability

Our aim, in accordance with the standards of our ISO 14001:2004 certification, is to minimise the impact of our activities on the environment and to improve our Environmental performance year on year;

By implementing our ISO 14001:2004 certification throughout the Company and ensuring that all staff receive Environmental training appropriate to their role and responsibilities we aim to:

  • Set out how the company expects to contribute to sustainable development
  • Stimulate action on individual projects,
  • Set and monitor progress towards targets for more sustainable construction

Local, sustainable and organic. Three words not usually associated with the construction industry.  Our approach to corporate social responsibility is slightly different, we aim to achieve maximum benefit to local communities and minimises our impact on the environment in line with our Clients corporate and social objectives.  We have consistently reduced our waste to landfill in 2011 just 4.76% of our site waste  to landfill and we are working hard to reduce this figure further.

If we continue to use the planets resources at our current rate we would need 5 planets to live on.  As a construction company we understand our industry can have a significant impact on the environment.  We are leaders in providing smarter, sustainable spaces for life.  We have a robust Environmental protection policy in place. We are on target to achieve year on year reductions on our waste to landfill, in 2011 just 4.76% of construction waste produced went to landfill our teams are working hard to better this in 2012.  A remarkable achievement in 2012 was our first Zero Skip site at the  £1.5m Heritage Skills Centre at Lincoln Castle. For further details please visit Woodhead Living our specialist Sustainability division.

Committed to Collaborative Working

Partnering is at the forefront of our operations, we work on numerous frameworks including EMPA, The Efficiency East Midlands Framework (EEM) and the Blue Skies Consortium. We find working together in an open and honest approach delivers real, tangible efficiencies.  We actively engage in our supply chain and involve key supply chain partners as early as possible to deliver cost saving efficiencies.  We have been Highly Commended at  the CIOB Awards 2012 for our Commitment to Partnership Working on the Pinfold Lane project for North Kesteven District Council.

Committed to Apprenticeships and Skill Development

Giving everyone in our society an opportunity to develop the skills and talents to improve their own lives and that of their local communities is key.  Since Robert Woodhead employed our first apprentice in the 1940’s we have been committed to providing opportunities for training and skills development across the East Midlands and beyond.  We have recently supported 4 students between the ages of 14-16 in the Young Apprenticeship in Construction Scheme in partnership with Education Business Futures.  They have completed over 150 days of training and development. We actively engage with local colleges to maximise any opportunities for skill development.

Recent initiatives include holding Heritage Skills Days where we give college students the opportunity to learn new skills in hands on workshops, gain an technical insight into course specific projects through seminars and then ultimately contextualise their learning through site visits.  We also work with Higher Education Institutions such as the University of Lincoln to provide students with the opportunity of being a “site manager for the day” to transfer theory to practical, on site application.  We are truly passionate about providing exciting, inspiring and relevant skill development opportunities.  See our latest Apprentice Skills Day 4 minute film

Committed to Value for Money

We firmly believe that value for money does not mean delivering cheap solutions. Our commitment to providing the right people, the right products and the right support post completion will add significant value to what we do. We do appreciate that you will be working within a specific budget and that cost does matter, but by involving us early enough we can help your team to arrive at realistic target costs and make suggestions to save you money through value engineering, see a recent example by clicking here

Committed to Lean Construction

Lean construction provides many efficiency benefits, reduced waste, reduced cost and reduced project time scales are just some of the benefits we deliver by adopting a lean approach. On every project we aim to:

  •  A fabric first approach
  • Empower the site to take control of the construction programme
  • Minimise waste of time, resources and materials
  • Maximise the effectiveness of our supply chain
  • Efficiently deliver projects on or ahead of time
  • Create cost saving opportunities for our clients
  • Improve our profitability
  • Continuously improve the building delivery process