The Mindenhurst team received an outstanding rating for the second year in a row, following the latest inspection carried out by assessors from nationally recognised Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).
Assessors reviewed the project in three key areas: respect for the community, care for the environment and valuing the site’s workforce. Across all three categories the project received the maximum score of 15, achieving a total score of 45 out of 45, the maximum possible score for the assessment.
Three extra points were awarded for the project’s neurodiversity mentoring, a new initiative which protects local watercourses, and delivery of a sizeable, sustainable Bat Barn. This resulted in an overall score of 48 out of the maximum possible award of 50 points and the team achieving an ‘outstanding’ rating for the second year running.
The report commended the project’s commitment to maintaining the natural environment, highlighting an impressive 120 new bat boxes which have been installed this year for habitat creation, and No Mow May which allowed wildflowers and grasses to bloom in support of pollinating insects.
Mindenhurst has steadily improved its scoring and recognition awarded over recent years, from a very good rating in 2017 and 2018, excellent between 2019 and 2021, and outstanding in 2022. The achievement of the outstanding score again this year reflects the project’s longstanding commitment to placing the community at the heart of the project and valuing its hardworking site staff.
The recent assessment report stated: “The development continues to leave an excellent impression of the industry and aims of the scheme. The company is to be commended on their net zero commitment on carbon and the project team have clearly involved the local community and encourage them to contribute and help enrich their natural environment”.
The report commended the team’s commitment to supporting neurodiverse colleagues in the workplace. As part of Mindenhurst’s commitment to the wellbeing of its workforce and diversity, inclusion and belonging, Senior Construction Manager Carianne McIntosh provides individual support and guidance to individuals with neurodiversity’s such as autism, ADHD, or dyslexia. She also gives regular presentations to the project team and the wider business on the subjects of stress, mental health, and Neurodiversity. The presentations highlight to managers the adjustments that can be made in the workplace and the importance of on-site training and instruction to raise awareness of sensitive issues.
Responding to the report, Leisliane Garcia, Development Director at Mindenhurst, said: “We are delighted to receive recognition from the Considerate Constructors Scheme. We are committed to protecting the local natural environment, engaging with the local community and to supporting our hardworking project team and are pleased that our continued work and commitments are being recognised.”
Mindenhurst is a ten-year development project which will transform the former Ministry of Defence Deepcut site to deliver 1,200 homes surrounded by substantial open space and accessible woodland as well as a new village green, formal park and sports pitches.