23 January 2014

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has published a Good Neighbour Site Guide, which provides advice for sites on how to develop good community relations and manage the environmental impact of their activities on local people.

The Group is the primary association for contractors operating in the UK, representing 30 leading contractors on construction-specific issues.

While construction projects bring benefits to local communities by creating jobs and training opportunities, the UKCG said that its members acknowledge that the building process can cause disruption, and that there is a need to manage this effectively.

Stephanie Taylor, who chairs the UKCG Community Task Group which developed the guide, said: "UKCG members are working hard to manage the impact sites have on local communities, and already have a strong record in building good community relations. The site guide contains lots of practical advice and should provide additional support for site teams when developing their community strategy."

The guide has been endorsed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

Its Chief Executive Edward Hardy said that using the guide will help everyone raise standards even further. CCS scores suggest that UKCG members already consistently outperform the rest of the construction industry in this regard.