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Innovation

Many smaller companies, particularly in the Construction Industry, struggle to innovate but Cappagh are different. There are numerous examples over recent years that demonstrate our ability to innovate, the following being some examples:-

 

Recycled Aggregates

We have made significant investment in establishing the Company’s own Aggregate Recycling Centres, strategically sited to service the growing sphere of operations and designed to recycle construction waste to maximise the re-use of recycled aggregates and to minimise landfill. The aggregates are utilised within the Company’s own projects, thus providing an environmentally friendly, cost-effective and unique integrated service. Our approach to recycling culminated in Cappagh winning an award from Thames Water and WRAP (the Government’s Waste and Resources Action Programme) as part of their Sustainable Waste Action Group (SWAG) initiative. The judges felt that Cappagh deserved to win because we demonstrated ‘a complete company ethic to recycling its waste’. The WRAP Chief Executive said she was delighted to present the award to Cappagh as we were ‘a contracting organisation committed to minimising the environmental impact by boosting recycling and minimising waste’.

 

CSCS Testing Centre

In July 2012 we established our own Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) test centre. The accreditation was achieved by demonstrating to CITB Construction Skills that we had the technical set up and IT systems to run a test centre and that we were competent to do so. We are based in an industrial area and the availability of appointments at existing test centres in the locality is poor so we are able to offer the services of the test centre to local businesses, our supply chain partners and our clients, as well, of course, as training our own employees. This enables us to create a better all-round awareness of health, safety and environment and results in an increase in the number of individuals possessing a CSCS card.

There are very few contracting organisations, particularly of our size, that operate their own CSCS test centre and this is a real differentiator for Cappagh.

 

Photo Management System

On all of our utility term contracts we use a photo management system to capture and store digital images of various stages of our works. This enables us to record the actual works we have undertaken but, perhaps more importantly, to record the condition of the site when we arrive and the condition of the site when we leave to protect us and our clients against potential charges from Highway Authorities for alleged defects, Section 74 overruns and/or damage to the existing footway or carriageway.

 

Carbon Reduction

As part of our commitment to improve our performance in ever increasingly important area of sustainability, we undertook a joint project with Reading University’s Engineering Faculty which identified the company’s carbon footprint and enabled us to develop a carbon reduction strategy for the next 5 years. This resulted in a number of measures being introduced to reduce our carbon emissions. The improved use of recycled materials reduces the quantity of waste going to landfill, but additionally reduces the number of vehicle movements. We manage our fleet holistically from our main Wimbledon depot enabling us to more efficiently plan vehicle movements. We introduced the use of the Masternaut vehicle tracking system which utilises industry leading tracking and job management software. We fitted water saving devices in our new Wimbledon head office building and introduced a programme of replacement / upgrading of our vehicle fleet to ensure compliance with new European standards.

 

Reinstatement Database

On a clean water repairs and maintenance contract, we found that the client’s job management system that we were required to use was unable to properly manage the backfill and reinstatement element of the clean water repairs and maintenance work. As a result, we produced a specification for our own job management database which we then engaged a software designer to produce. Having trialled the system, we successfully rolled out the new database which has enabled us to properly manage the backfilling and reinstatement activities including improving our streetworks compliance performance.

 

Static Hot Box

For our SGN reinstatement services contract, we identified that we were making an excessive number of visits to the tarmac plant so we installed a static hot box in our main operating yard in Wimbledon to reduce the number of those visits. This reduced the impact of our activities on the environment through reduced fuel consumption and meant that our teams could be more productive.

 

Training Bus

We are very committed to ensuring our people are the best available and are competent and properly trained to carry out their work. Sometimes it isn’t always possible to bring people into our training rooms, so we have invested in a mobile training bus. The bus travels to our depots where it is used to deliver both formal training modules, toolbox talks and “safety stand downs”. The bus is self-contained with separate generators and is fully air-conditioned. It seats up to 12 people and is furnished with audio-visual equipment, allowing training videos to be given.

Selected Case Study

 

Cappagh, through their joint venture Cappagh Browne, are the civils partner
to the Lanes Group who undertake the Wastewater Network Services
(WNS) contract for Thames Water Utilities in their Thames Valley and North
London areas.

 

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