Perfect Scores for Considerate Constructor Stepnell

Category: Construction

Complete construction partner Stepnell has achieved several ‘Excellent’ Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) scores, including a company record of four perfect scores in the same year.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme sets out criteria to score project sites on appearance, how well the workforce is treated, how the community is integrated and respected, and how much care is taken for the environment.

Several projects completed by the Stepnell team have contributed to the achievement, including a perfect score of 45/45 for works to create a new home venue for St Bernadette’s rugby club in Bristol. An additional two innovation points have been added on top of this score in recognition of Stepnell’s commitment to collaboration.

The site team embarked on a programme of community outreach in an effort to improve relationships with local residents following anti-social behaviour experienced on site. This included a community open day and barbeque; serving 300 local residents, regular food bank donations and careers talk for local colleges. The Stepnell team also partnered with social enterprise Community Kit Bag to provide low cost and free sports clothes, and equipment to residents.

The project team also donated insulation materials to charity Help Bristol’s Homeless and organised a free community nutrition workshop for local parents.

Tom Wakeford, managing director of Stepnell said: “Our teams work tirelessly to ensure every project that we work on has our stamp of quality. Whether its education, healthcare or energy sector projects, we’ve consistently exceeded in value delivery. These commitments continue to receive positive feedback from clients and neighbouring communities and are key to securing repeat works with our public and private sector clients.

“These CCS score achievements provide that additional confidence for clients in the quality of the projects that we deliver, reassured that maximising value is the Stepnell way. The score also factors in sustainability, which is in line with Stepnell’s ISO 50001 accreditation in energy management and commitment to being carbon net-zero by 2050.”

Another perfect score was awarded for Northampton Market Square, a project in which the team have worked hard to maintain positive relationships with the community and local stakeholders. The score was achieved through aspects such as a safe public project viewing area, the appointment of a dedicated key relationship manager and local charity donations from the Stepnell team and project supply chain.

Other high scoring projects include Stepnell’s mixed-use St Peter’s redevelopment in Bristol, achieving a score of 45/45. The project comprised of 15 houses and ten flats in the Henleaze area and showcased strong local community engagement. The CCS report noted the site team as being positively engaged with the local community, having developed strong relationships with a range of groups in the area, including Bristol Community Arts charity, who has organised a community mural painting on the site hoarding.

At Woodfield School in Surrey, the Stepnell team achieved a CCS score of 43/45. A large factor in this came from the team ensuring the student’s learning experience was not damaged by distractions from the construction work taking place. This included ensuring a forest garden remained a safe space for the pupils to use and escape to throughout the works. The site was also commended for embracing inclusion and diversity through its facilities and policies.  

As part of Stepnell’s focus on public sector projects, the midlands teams’ work on the elective hub at Warwick Hospital achieved a score of 41/45. Activity highlights included undertaking volunteer days with planting hedges at Ryton Pools and painting existing hospital buildings.

Additionally, the project at the Nuclear AMRC research facility at Infinity Park in Derby achieved a CCS score of 43/45 due to the excellent compliance achieved across all relevant scoring criteria. Specifically, the project was commended for embracing the local area’s requirements and environmental factors including carbon zero objectives.

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