As part of UK Construction Week (UKCW) becoming a professional partner of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), monitors from CCS will check UKCW against the requirements of the scheme’s Event Code of Considerate Practice.
This will include looking at how the event presents a positive, professional image, how it acts as a good neighbour in its dealings with the local community, how it minimises its environmental impact, secures everyone’s safety, and cares for and supports all those working at the event.
The Scheme’s Code builds upon UKCW’s Exhibitors Code of Conduct Policy, which sets out expectations about an exhibitor’s behaviour, including guidelines on how they should promote greater equality, diversity and inclusion in their marketing at the show.
Nathan Garnett, event director of UK Construction Week, commented: “It absolutely makes sense to apply the principles of the Considerate Constructors Scheme to a major national event of this scale. UK Construction Week is the construction industry’s largest event, covering more than 70,000 square metres and with more than 650 exhibitors. It is, in effect, one big construction site for many days and has many of the same impacts.
“Having this partnership with the CCS is a fundamental part of our commitment to ensuring a considerate event of the highest quality, which also promotes a very positive image of construction to everyone involved during the week and behind the scenes.”
Edward Hardy, chief executive of CCS, added: “Construction industry-related events impact on the communities, environment, and the workforce, and therefore have a huge influence on the perception of the industry.
“We will be monitoring various aspects of UK Construction Week, including the set-up and dismantling of the event as well as monitoring the event itself. Each stage of the event has an impact on the environment, workforce and the local community – in this case the event’s attendees and local communities surrounding the event venue.
“We applaud UK Construction Week for making this important commitment and we look forward to working in partnership to help make this a considerate event for all.”
UK Construction Week takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, October 9-11. The organiser is expecting more than 35,000 visitors this year.