Responsible Create Construction

11 October 2011

Following leading organisations such as Marks & Spencer and the Co-op, Create Construction are embarking on an ambitious project to ensure that they are the leading corporate responsible construction organisation in the UK.

Create Construction (CC), based in Blackpool, is a specialist new build, fit out and refurbishment contractor operating in student accommodation, education, commercial, and hotel sectors. Working in Partnership with the University of Salford’s School of the Built Environment (6* highest rated research rated institution in the recent Research Assessment Exercise), they sought government funding through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme to the tune of £135k to develop a quality management system to address corporate responsibility (CR).

Gill Mathison, Marketing Director at Create initiated the project in response to the UK’s Strategy for Sustainable Construction, ‘Leading companies are becoming more and more socially aware. Many of us opt to buy fair trade, ethically sourced or organic products. Why isn’t the construction industry following suit? We at Create Construction want to take a leading step to ensure that we are responsible for what we build; we owe it to our clients and the community.’ Paul Mathison, Managing Director at Create added, ‘Working with the University of Salford was a natural choice as I was previously a student there.’

The 2 year project started in March 2011, aimed to identify and embed a CR strategy within its business processes. So far, Create’s CR policy has been developed and aligned to ISO 26000 in aspects of: Corporate Governance; Employees; Community; Business-to-Business; and Environment. These key areas will be supported by reengineered business processes, resources and measures – both at organisational and project levels – and are lined with the context of materiality, inclusiveness and completeness (in accordance to AA1000, the standard for corporate responsibility and sustainable development).

Performing beyond requirements

5 months into the project, achievements to date include:

1)    New CC Policies on (i) Pollution Control (Air/Dust) (ii) Sustainable Procurement (iii) Water Environment (iv) Carbon

2)    Redesign CC’s Construction Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) to include measurement of sustainable, environmental and CR adoption within its supply chain

3)    CC Carbon Emission Calculator

4)    New CC Construction Site Workers Attendance and Visitors Logs to encourage carbon reduction

5)    Improvement in Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) site scores

6)    New CC Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Site Manager’s Guide

7)    BREEAM 2008 and BREEAM 2011 reviews

8)    Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) reviews

9)    New CC Environmental Management System (EMS) & ISO14001

10) New CC SharePoint (Collaborative Environment)

11) Extranets (IT Collaborative Environments) review

For more information on how Create Construction are becoming more responsible, please contact Eric Lou eric.lou@createconstruction.co.uk