College construction site scores top marks in industry scheme

A construction site has been awarded top marks by a scheme that encourages best practice beyond statutory requirements.

Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th May 2017, 2:38 pm
Members of the team at the Portsmouth UTC construction site in Hilsea - from left: Andy Newman, design manager; Luke Heathcote, design manager; Lewis Bugden, trainee quantity surveyor; Pete Roberts, traffic marshall; Brett Younger, senior site manager and Matt Crookes, project manager Picture: Sarah Standing (170556-6708)

University Technical College (UTC) Portsmouth’s construction site in Hilsea has been awarded an inspection score of 47 out of 50 by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) in its recent visit.

The CCS is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment.

Mark Slattery, press and media manager at BAM Construct UK, said: ‘Our team at Portsmouth UTC achieved a fantastic inspection score for how they are building this.’

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He added: ‘It may be the highest in the UK and, if not, almost certainly is the highest in the south of England.’

UTC Portsmouth scored high marks in every category and scored full marks in safety and valuing its workforce.

The college will provide opportunities for young people wishing to study technical-based subjects, specialising in electrical and mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing.

It is fully supported by lead employers, including the Royal Navy, BAE Systems and Land Rover BAR and has partnered with local education providers, including the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth City Council.

It will also offer a variety of employer-linked projects and vocational training alongside academic subjects and a wide range of enrichment activities which will allow students to be fully ‘work ready’ for employment.

UTC Portsmouth opens this September and is aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds. To find out more, go to