The government’s ambitious blueprint for the future of the UK industry – Construction 2025 – envisages a diverse and multi-talented workforce operating under safer and healthier conditions using cutting-edge technology.
It will be a world-leading industry at the forefront of sustainable practice, underpinned by a strong foundation of integrated supply chains and productive long-term relationships.
One of the key drivers of change identified in the report to achieve the desired outcomes is the image of the industry, particularly with regard to recruitment. It states: “fundamental change is required in how the construction industry is perceived by the public’.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is highlighted within the report for its mission to encourage construction companies to make a positive difference to the industry.
Since its inception in 1997 the scheme has been working to raise the image of the industry by ensuring that working practices, community involvement, environmental considerations, general site appearance and safety are key considerations for companies and their sites.
With over 80,000 registered sites since the Scheme launched, it’s clear that many companies do take these issues seriously.
We’re delighted to report continued positive improvements in attitudes across all these areas since 1997. But we can’t be complacent and we are determined to ensure that improvements and awareness continue as we work towards 2025 and beyond.
The scheme will continue its work to help the industry improve its image through ongoing initiatives such as ‘Spotlight on…’, industry mascot Ivor Goodsite and our core monitoring activity.
But we are looking forward to launching several new initiatives that we believe will accelerate the development of the industry and ensure that the standards for 2025 are achievable.
We are pleased to announce two of these new initiatives: the launch of our Best Practice Hub and Ultra Sites to enable collective working and the widespread sharing of good practice within the industry.
“We’re confident these two developments and other future projects will help to create a truly considerate construction industry”
Launching on 4 December 2014 by Peter Hansford, the government’s chief construction adviser, the Best Practice Hub will be an easily-accessible, free-to-use online resource for every level of the industry containing a wealth of examples of good practice at the touch of a button.
We hope it will be the standard bearer of all considerate construction practice, ensuring that every project can be at the leading edge of considerate construction no matter what size.
Ultra Sites will aim to be the ultimate beacon of considerate practice; every company involved in a project, from main contractors to subcontractors and suppliers will be registered with the scheme, pledging in unison to uphold good practice and transparency, ensuring common goals and objectives are shared.
We’re confident these two developments and other future projects will help to create a truly considerate construction industry that attracts the brightest and the best from now through to 2025 and beyond.
Edward Hardy is chief executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme