“Exceptionally good sites” recognised by Considerate Constructors Scheme

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Two Team Van Oord schemes, being delivered on behalf of the Environment Agency, have achieved exceptional scores following recent assessment by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is the national initiative set up by the construction industry to improve its image. Sites and companies that register with the CCS are monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.

The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment.

Each site is judged on eight areas – Considerate, Environmental, Appearance, A Good Neighbour, Respectful, Safety, Responsible and Accountable. With a maximum of five points awarded for each area, the maximum score that can be achieved is 40. Five points are only awarded where a site is doing something both ‘exceptional and unique’, as well as working to a very high standard. A site that is doing everything to a very high standard will warrant a score of 4.5.

The Steart Peninsular (pic above) and Medmerry Managed Realignment (pic below) Schemes were assessed earlier this month, and both achieved a score of 37 points. Any scheme achieving 36 points or more is deemed by the CCS to be ‘an exceptionally good site’.

The CCS visit to the £18m Steart Peninsular scheme took place on 15 October. The site is situated next to the Severn Estuary on the Steart Peninsular and the project comprises the construction of a major wetland habitat area and associated flood defences as part of the Environment Agency’s overall environmental off-set scheme for other estuary works.

The assessor awarded the scheme the maximum score of five points in two categories – ‘a good neighbour’ and ‘environment’ – and awarded 4.5 in all of the remaining categories.

In his summary, the CCS assessor said: “ The whole of the Team Van Oord team are clearly committed to the CCS Code of Conduct and the score achieved truly reflects that fact.

“It is pleasing to note that the client (Environment Agency) is so involved with their project and is clearly determined to bring an overall benefit to the local community.”

The £10m Medmerry Managed Realignment scheme was assessed on 11 October.

The scheme is located near Selsey in West Sussex and comprises construction of flood embankments, rock armour revetments, embankment drainage, outfall drainage and breaching of existing shingle bank. It also includes construction of an Environment Agency maintenance track and emergency access track and public car parks and viewing areas.

The scheme achieved the maximum score of five for ‘accountable’ and ‘safety’ and was awarded 4.5 in all other categories.

The assessor said: “The site has responded very well to the first visit report and the improvements and initiatives are recognised and reflected in an excellent score – well done.

“This is a very good example of a very high performing site with examples of innovation and best practice.”

Tony Camilleri, Team Van Oord framework director, said: “We are extremely proud to gain this impressive score and recognition. Our operations are carried out with the highest level of consideration for our customers, their community and the environment.

“It is indicative of the hard work, commitment and dedication of the whole team which is greatly appreciated.”

The top scoring 10% of sites are reviewed for the CCS annual National Site Awards. Having achieved such impressive scores, both of these Team Van Oord schemes are likely to be in contention for the national awards.

24 October 2012