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Corporate Responsibility

Case Study - English Construction

About English Construction

Set up in 2002 by Director David English the six strong English Construction team, based in Shropshire, deliver a variety of commercial and domestic building services. In 2006 this progressive building company topped the waste minimisation category at the Master Builder of the Year Awards, for demonstrating best practice in this area.

 

Initiatives implemented by English Construction include:

  • A concrete crusher used on site to crush down any unused concrete, which is then reused as hardcore. Similarly any timber left over from building projects is taken away and reused.
  • On a recent refurbishment in Shrewsbury Town Centre, it was found to be cheaper to reclaim the original blocks and clean them. This meant the original look of the property could be retained and that raw materials were dramatically reduced.
  • The business has also trialled toolbox training sessions on site, involving both employees and suppliers. This allows practical advice and guidance on such topics as waste segregation or handling of hazardous waste to be delivered during tea breaks or lunch hours.
  • An internal resource efficiency ‘champion’ has been appointed to ensure waste minimisation

The company is also getting ahead of the game by voluntarily drawing up a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) ahead of planned enforcement in the coming months. The plan will provide a structure for systematic waste management.

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