The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), established in 1997, has took its inspiration from the original Considerate Contractors Scheme in the City of London. Considerate Contractors commits signatories to a code of practice to ensure their sites do not represent a hazard or an eyesore to neighbours and passers-by. The City's scheme still operates, although it has no connection with the nationwide Constructors scheme.
The wider CCS initiative has a similar code of practice but its code goes beyond neighbourliness to embrace treatment of workers as well. CCS signatories also have to ‘provide a supportive and caring working environment’, for example.
CCS has now launched a social media campaign to promote positive messages about the good side of the construction industry. The aim is ‘to create an ever-expanding library on social media of positive, inspirational and interesting imagery from the construction industry, all united under #loveconstruction”.
The emphasis is all on the positive. “Inspirational images, such as amazing buildings, technology, craftsmanship and innovation, a fabulous diverse workforce and an industry which looks after the environment and its workforce are all ways in which we can promote construction,” CCS says.
The realities of industry life – such as blacklisting, combustible cladding, structural failures, productivity problems, price fixing and shafting suppliers – are not to intrude.