Wates achieve high score in their first CLOCS site monitoring visit

30 Jan 2019

CoTrain Apprentice Chris Waddell is currently working with Wates as a trainee Site Manager. When asked to also take on the role of Logistics Manager in the Summer of 2018, he committed to champion CLOCS on the site in Bracknell. 

Chris commented “CLOCS is something that I have been involved with for a while now, so it was nice to finally see all the logistical work we had done as a team get assessed. What made it all the sweeter is that we received a very respectable score of 17 out of 21, which is a strong achievement considering it was our first CLOCS site monitoring visit.

I spent time briefing the traffic marshals on managing traffic movements and training them how to check vehicles, I updated the logistics plan we have in place and brought it up to the CLOCS Standard, I displayed CLOCS signs and posters around site – raising awareness to the scheme, but importantly created a portfolio of evidence that we all presented to the assessor demonstrating how we follow the CLOCS Standard.”

Chris went on to say, “There is however, always room for improvement and one of the things we need to look at is incorporating an electronic booking in system. Currently we are just verbally notified, which occasionally causes problems. We discussed in the audit a booking in system that sub-contractors can book their delivery slots onto, resulting in an even flow of incoming delivery vehicles.

Alec Jackman,Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Southern Home Counties, commented:

“Wates Construction places great importance on the protection of residents and local people in the communities we work within. The CLOCS standard has been registered on a number of our city centre projects but Brackenhale Academy is the first Wates project to benefit from the initiative in the Southern Home Counties.

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