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New code raises the bar for considerate constructors

28 Nov 12 The Considerate Constructors Scheme has published a new code of practice, which has been in development for three years.

From 1 January 2013, all CCS-registered sites and companies will be assessed on the new five-point code. Scheme monitors will be using the new supporting checklist when assessing registered sites and companies, and will be reporting and scoring the visit using the revised formats.

All monitor visits taking place after 1 January 2013 will be on the new five-point code, even if a first visit was assessed on the old eight-point version.

For 15 years, registered sites and companies have been monitored on an eight-point code that had remained largely unchanged. As standards had risen over that time, it was felt appropriate to raise the bar, especially as so few sites failed to meet the old code.

From 1 January 2013, the five sections of the code are:

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  • Enhancing the appearance
  • Respecting the community
  • Protecting the environment
  • Securing everyone’s safety
  • Caring for the workforce.

Each section of the code is now accompanied by an aspirational statement, followed by four bullet points that list the areas the scheme will consider within that section.

Each section is scored out of 10 points, with a score of 5 in each section signifying compliance. To achieve a score of 10, registered sites or companies must introduce innovative practices or thinking that goes far beyond the expectations of the scheme and, as such, are considered to be advancing the standards by which the image of the industry is judged.

Scheme chief executive Edward Hardy said: “After three years in development, the scheme is pleased to publish the new code and supporting documents. Working with a number of contractors and clients throughout the review process, the scheme is confident that the new code remains in keeping with the industry’s values, and presents an exciting challenge for registered sites and companies in raising the benchmark of considerate construction.”

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