Chelsfield LLP is committed to the stringent anticipation and management of environmental impacts of its development activities and works closely with partners, contractors and other stakeholders to produce innovative solutions to environmental issues.
It is pro-active in consultations with members of the public in exploring concerns as to environmental impacts and developing solutions appropriate to the local neighborhood and wider areas. Members of its Board enjoy reputations in insisting on and procuring pre-eminent design and building disciplines emphasising the beneficial creation of public space to enhance the environment.
As well as developments activity Chelsfield LLP also takes an asset management role where these disciplines can be carried forward in the improvement of the environmental aspects of developed buildings. All relevant laws and regulations are complied with and an experienced team works closely with consultants and professionals to ensure compliance throughout all stages of a development. Environmental impacts are closely monitored at all stages.
Equality and Diversity
All Chelsfield projects are designed to capture the benefits that accrue from new development and ensure they are shared throughout the local community.
At a company level Chelsfield has a strict policy promoting Equality and Diversity and ensuring all job applicants receive fair and equal treatment. Regardless of sex, marital status, ethnic or national origin, age or disability, religion or sexual orientation.
At a project level Chelsfield will ensure their aspirations for benefits to local people are carried out by the main contractor and that the selected contracting partner is well placed to offer long term solutions to local people. It is the long term vision and effective monitoring, and evaluation which is essential in stimulating economic activity beyond the construction phase. All Chelsfield projects have a Training and Employment Strategy at their core, comprising of inter-related programmes including:
- Improving basic numeracy and literacy
- Specific training in the skills needed for work during the construction and refurbishment phases
- Assistance in defining employment opportunities and placing suitable candidates
- Further on-the-job skills improvement training
- Training and placing of local residents in continuing employment on jobs needed for the future sustainability of the community
Most of the current and past Chelsfield projects involve partnering with local training providers, business in the community groups and community champions. It is important that whilst broad aspirations are met, ensuring employment opportunity for those seeking work, both in construction and in office, retail and community work that specific local needs are also met. For example, Step into Construction is an initiative managed by the CITB whose goals are to encourage ethnic minorities into construction through utilising translators and aiming recruitment at hard to reach communities.
Health and Safety
Chelsfield are committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of everybody affected by our activities and that is the overriding factor in the decision making process.
Throughout the life of the project all stakeholders involved in the supply chain will be obliged to uphold our standards and operate a zero tolerance approach to breaches of Health and Safety Codes of Practise. In order to foster a culture of excellence in Health and Safety the strategy can be broken down into three principal elements – all of which are knitted together.
- Creating a design rationale to create a safe working environment during demolitions
- Imposing design life cycle regimes to achieve safe working practices
- Identifying areas where risk can be minimised – for example pre-assembly techniques to limit
- Working at heights
- Enforcing a strategy to minimise the impact on all stakeholders – for example
- Effective measures to reduce noise, dust and light pollution
- Implementing a comprehensive security policy
In addition to Chelsfield, principal responsibility for Health and Safety at this stage of the project will rest with the main contractor. The selection of the contracting partner will ensure our ideals and aspirations are matched and that the contractor believes Health and Safety is integral to the way the scheme is delivered. At the very least:
- All personnel will be required, irrespective of their discipline, to carry out regular project safety tours
- An integrated approach to working with suppliers to ensure high standards
- A clear project specific strategy with procedures, templates and guidance contained within a Safety Management System
- Compliance (as a minimum) with the current Health and Safety Commission guidance documents
- Regular updates and briefings
- Ensuring the people, environment, structure, culture and incentives are in place to make this happen
- A Traffic Management Plan
- Liaison with emergency services
- Advance notification of significant events
- Minimisation of disruption and inconvenience
- Regular updates and briefings
- Management of waste and energy
Chelsfield support the aims of the Considerate Contractor Scheme which covers:
- Good neighbours
Health and Safety matters do not stop with the completion of construction but continue across all tenures in perpetuity. We strive to put in place a management structure to ensure the continuation of:
- A safe place
- A clean, well maintained environment
- Dynamic, flexible, responsive estate management
- Reasonable service charges
- A great place to live and work