Why you should consider the Considerate Constructors Scheme
The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image.
The scheme is concerned with any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry and focuses on three main areas of construction activity. These are the impact on the general public, the workforce and the environment.
Construction sites, companies, suppliers and professionals voluntarily register with the scheme and agree to abide by its 'Code of Considerate Practice', designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.
Since the formation of the CCS, all government ministers involved in the construction industry have voiced their support. It is also required by the Government’s ‘Construction Common Minimum Standards’ which states:
'Clients are to include within all contracts involving construction a requirement for their constructors to be registered with a suitable site management/good neighbour scheme such as the Considerate Constructors Scheme.'
If a public sector construction project is not registered with an appropriate site management/good neighbour scheme, you can inform the Cabinet Office through their Public Procurement Review Service (formerly known as the Mystery Shopper Scheme).
Benefits of registering with the Considerate Constructors Scheme
Registration with the scheme brings very real benefits to contractors, clients, local communities and those working on these projects by ensuring everyone operates to ever higher standards leading to operational improvements and enhanced image, brand and reputation. Other benefits include:
- A means of demonstrating to members of the public a willingness to aim for standards beyond statutory requirements
- Independent assessment by experienced industry professionals
- Projects listed on constructionmap.info
- A means by which contractors and clients can assess and benchmark performance and strive for development and improvement
- The possibility of winning National Site Awards
Everyone involved in the construction process should support and promote registration with the scheme and those involved in the planning process are encouraged to make registration with the CCS a requirement of planning, either directly or as an expectation of a section 106.
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