Our Longcross Park data centre site in Surrey has been awarded a perfect score by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) – the programme to help support the construction industry raise standards to be more considerate constructors and build trust with the public.
The CCS audits, reviews and recommends changes to construction sites, organisations and suppliers, as well as providing a range of tools and learning resources and best practice to help raise overall standards.
Commenting on Longcross’ “excellent progress”, inspectors reviewed three scoring criteria of ‘Respect the Community’, ‘Care for the Environment’ and ‘Value their Workforce’, with the Sweet Projects site achieving a perfect 100% certification, and a score of 45 out of 45.
“We’re delighted with this unbelievable score; an incredible effort,” said Andy Heyes, MD at Sweet Projects. “We’re very proud, taking into consideration the busy construction period we are moving into – it is a true team effort, with everyone getting involved!”
Approximately 150 operatives are now working daily on the project site in Chertsey, Surrey.
The data centre project, due to run until summer 2025, was given top marks by the CCS inspector for its “exemplary harmonious team working environment” and the “hugely impressive” AI-generated ‘Open Space’ inspection regime among other areas.
“It was a pleasure to revisit this project and to see both the excellent progress on site, plus the multiple additional initiatives that have been introduced since the first visit,” said the report.
“My thanks to all of the site team for their time and we will look forward to further visits in 2024.”
Under the ‘Respect the Community’ criteria, further comments included an “ongoing and fully conformant commitment to the community”, with Sweet Projects being “very mindful of the potential impacts of their works on their neighbour… and minimise these impacts”, as well as the implementation of a specially-created “Community Plan activity since the first visit…. [with] more events and fundraising planned.”
Within the ‘Care for the Environment’ section, Sweet Projects is “very positively reflecting the competence of the site team”, with “ongoing inspections, audits and training through the in-house Safety and Sustainability Management team, now reinforced through the appointment of Tezeta [New Sustainability and Net Zero Lead] who is further developing the carbon strategy and Net Zero target.”
And under ‘Value their Workforce’, the inspector said there was “evident collaborative and cooperative ‘open door’ management style ongoing” and “exemplary focus on the physical and mental health of the staff and the workforce.”To find out more about our Longcross site, visit the case study page here, and for the CSS, see www.ccscheme.org.uk.