Codes of Construction Practice

All London Boroughs now have Codes of Construction Practice or some other form of sustainable design and construction planning advice note. These generally pull together the local response to the many relevant DCLG Planning Policy Statements together with environmental legislation and the work of the Environmental Health Departments of the various Boroughs – in some instances (e.g. Merton/Sutton/Wandsworth/Bromley/Lewisham/ Croydon) councils have prepared codes collaboratively and they cover several authorities.

Such codes, particularly the more lengthy ones, may seem forbidding at first glance, but they actually turn out to be a helpful summary of legal and planning obligations for the developer and contractor.

To the experienced London Constructor the greater part of these codes will be familiar ground, covering, for example, the Considerate Constructors Scheme, employment and skills, site access and logistics. Many codes require the preparation of a Construction Management Plan, which one would expect any reputable contractor to have in place.

However, certain matters that have been underlined by the codes warrant a special mention.

Baseline noise monitoring, noise and vibration mitigation, and ongoing noise and vibration monitoring are now the norm on projects of any significance. In some cases, for example Greenwich, this is the sole topic covered by the CoCP.

Larger projects will also need to prepare measures for dust mitigation and monitoring.

Despite the revocation of the associated legislation by the Government in 2013 some London Boroughs, such as Westminster, have retained the requirement for Sustainable Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) on larger schemes.

Urban ecology, including tree protection and wildlife habitat mitigation, also need to be given consideration. Due reference will need to be made to the UK, London and/or Local Authority Biodiversity Action Plan – until 2000 the London Ecology Unit provided a single point of contact for these issues.

A fresh emphasis has been given to liaison with the occupiers of neighbouring premises. Large developments will require a detailed programme of community engagement. Some CoCPs also mandate regular meetings with the Local Authority to report on CoCP matters.

HRS can help you with the following aspects of CoCPs:

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