The Best Practice Hub, run by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), offers resources, information and guidance on a wide variety of topics related to construction, including staff mental health and wellbeing, sustainability, and community engagement. It’s a treasure trove of innovations and best practices shared by the construction industry for the construction industry. And it’s free.

The Best Practice Hub is a free online educational resource launched by the CCS in 2015 to enable and support the construction industry to improve standards through continuous improvement. Today, its pages receive around 100,000 views per month, and there are over 30,000 registered users receiving regular updates.

The hub is designed as a one-stop shop to help people in construction who want to learn more about important industry issues, those looking for inspiration for an initiative and those looking for guidance. Other prominent features include the innovations and best practices shared by the industry itself, helping everyone to keep up to date with the latest techniques and tools used on real-world building sites.

All content on the hub reflects the CCS Code of Considerate Practice, which revolves around valuing the workforce, respecting the community that surrounds construction and caring for the environment. 

Looking after your workforce

People have the greatest value in construction, and their physical and mental wellbeing are paramount. The Best Practice Hub has resources to support those working in construction to navigate and address both.

There are currently more than 300 entries about these topics alone, combining examples of innovations and best practices shared by industry contributors, e-learning courses, real-world case studies and guides, including the very popular “Spotlight on…” learning toolkits. 

These include examples of how awareness campaigns and wellbeing initiatives have been successfully carried out on single sites and across entire organisations, helping people to plan their own. 

The CCS’s “Spotlight on…” campaigns are another great resource that it has developed using numerous case studies provided by the construction industry. Each of them focuses on a topic relevant to the sector and offers a roundup of current data and research on it, relevant laws, examples of best practices, case studies and an additional bank of resources for further reading.

It has published “Spotlights on…” mental health, worker fatigue, drugs and alcohol, and more. All free. There are also e-learning courses on each of them (counting for CPD hours), which have been taken over 200,000 times so far.

Where does everything come from?

Many of the resources you can find on the hub have either been directly submitted by a contractor or have been developed in collaboration with a number of individuals, offering their time and expertise for free for the benefit of everyone.

Hundreds of contractors from all over the UK and Ireland have been sharing their best work practices but have also contributed to case studies, provided real-life examples for the guides and shared personal experiences of working in construction. All so that everyone in the sector can improve together.

The CCS is very grateful for all their support. So far, the top five contributors to its hub have been Balfour Beatty, the Mace Group, Morgan Sindall, Multiplex and Sir Robert McAlpine, who have provided a combined 600+ entries. 

How can I get involved?

The CCS always welcomes contributions to the hub. Visit
https://ccsbestpractice.org.uk or email enquiries@ccsbestpractice.org.uk to find out how you can contribute.

To become a hub contributor, you need to be registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Its community of Considerate Constructors includes contractors, suppliers and clients of construction companies. To find out more about joining the Considerate Constructors Scheme, visit
www.ccscheme.org.uk.