Considerate Construction - What's it all About

Considerate Construction - What's it all About

18th March 2015

You may have heard the term “considerate construction” and wondered what it means.  Is it about being kind to the structures you’re building?  What about being considerate towards the people you work with?  Here at Safety Fabrications, we like to make sure we keep our readers fully up to date with new developments within the industry so we’ve decided to take a look at Considerate Construction and let you know what it means. 

The Considerate Constructors Scheme was designed to improve the image of the construction industry and make sure that we move away from the old views that construction workers hang around on scaffolding all day whistling at the ladies walking by.  We all know that wolf-whistles are a big no-no nowadays – it’s a form of harassment and is not welcomed by passers-by, whatever their gender. 

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) was founded in 1997 and is a non-profit making organisation.  Construction sites, suppliers and companies register with the scheme and agree to abide by the Code of considerate Practice which aims to encourage best practice beyond any statutory requirements. 

The Scheme uses Monitors who visit registered sites, suppliers and companies and assess them to determine the level of consideration they are showing towards their workforce, the public and the environment.  The Monitor will then produce a report highlighting areas with evidence of good practice and performance and identifying any areas where improvements could be made.  Monitors come from the senior ranks of all disciplines within the construction industry, namely architects, engineers, contractors and surveyors. 

Monitors must have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the British construction industry and demonstrate a commitment to improvement.  They will also need the relevant qualifications and adequate experience in order to perform effectively.  Monitors offer support and guidance to help construction sites, suppliers and companies to enhance their working practices and raise their “considerate” efforts. 

The monitors are self-employed and their site visits are remunerated.  The position is fairly flexible but Monitors should be able to undertake five visits per month minimum.  The Monitors are recruited and monitored by the Review Group, a working group of experienced Monitors who assist in administration and review work. 

The CCS conducts more than 10,000 site visits per year and has developed a Best Practice Hub which can be found on the CCS website.   Since the launch of the Considerate Constructors Scheme every government minister involved in the construction industry has expressed support for the Scheme, and the Cabinet Office has published a document outlining the requirement for all public sector construction work to be registered with a good neighbour scheme of some sort – Common Minimum Standards for Procurement of the Built Environments in the Public Sector.  The document is also available for free download via the CSS website.