The new US embassy in London is one of the first construction sites to achieve a five star rating under the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is the national scheme to reward developers that run safe and considerate construction sites. It was designed to improve the image of the construction industry and to promote site safety.
The new star ratings system has been developed after contractors and clients called for a clearer way to reflect good practice on building sites. Building sites will be permitted to display posters and certificates showing the star rating they have achieved for their site.
The Scheme covers any area of construction activity that may have an impact on the image of the industry. Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by a Code of Considerate Practice. Firms are monitored to see whether they care about the appearance of development sites, respect the local community, aim to protect the environment, ensure everyone’s safety and value their own workforce. 90,000 sites have registered under the Considerate Constructors Scheme since it was launched in 19 years ago.
The new US embassy being constructed at Nine Elms on the South bank of the River Thames is expected to cost about $1 billion. Designed by US architects KieranTimberlake, it features a host of environmental and security features. The chancery will be covered on three sides with panels that contain photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy. It will include a self-sufficient water system and the north facade is designed to cool the building. It is due to be completed in 2017.