Best practice approach proves popular

The Best Practice Hub is proving to be an invaluable resource for the construction industry workforce according to the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

Launched in January 2015 by CCS, the Best Practice Hub offers best practice tips, guidance and case studies to help those in construction raise industry standards.

Edward Hardy, chief executive of the CCS, said: “Since the site launched in January there has been over 6,000 new users to the site, almost 10,000 individual sessions and more than 340 registered users to receive the latest updates. These early figures are extremely encouraging and already demonstrate how valued this industry resource is.”

He added: “Visitors to the Hub have been able to choose from more than 725 articles to read. Articles relating to dust and community interaction have been the most read examples of best practice, which have been closely followed by high safety standards on site.”

Users can search for best practice ideas by filtering via keywords, with the most popular terms searched for in recent weeks being ‘recycling’, ‘site set up’, ‘signage’, ‘noise’, and ‘waste’. The CCS says this demonstrates what topics contractors are most interested in looking to improve.

Mr. Hardy added: “The Best Practice Hub was a real innovation for the Scheme as we continue in our long-term goal to improve the image of construction. The Hub provides a platform to showcase best practice, but more importantly it allows people to share it, which in turn will help to raise the standards across the entire industry.

“We want the Best Practice Hub to become the ultimate destination to find and share examples of best practice within the construction industry.”

Several firms have also voiced their approval of the new online resource, particularly those associated with the CCS. Stephanie Taylor, sustainability senior manager at Mace, said: “As an associate member of the CCS, we’re very keen to ensure that all our projects meet and exceed the requirements of the CCS Code of Considerate Practice. The CCS Best Practice Hub has helped us deliver some excellent results as people can now get a better understanding of what Best Practice and Innovation looks like and what initiatives, ideas and events they can promote on site to continuously improve the image of construction.”

Mark Blundy, group health & safety director at Bowmer & Kirkland, added: “The Best Practice Hub is a useful resource that provides often simple ideas and examples of activities that site teams can undertake to enhance their sites, minimise disruption and impact in the community, and be good neighbours as well as good ambassadors for their Project and the construction industry.”

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