A significant part of being a contracting civil engineer is managing relationships with stakeholders and the community. Construction can be a nuisance to the public, as well as cause adverse impact in the form of additional noise, dust and vibration. Contractors have a duty to manage works safely and effectively so as to improve the image of the construction industry and contribute positively to those who interface with our works. Being a good neighbour is therefore vital and sites must be managed to minimise disruption and fully consider the social and environmental impact of the works
The Croxley Rail Link Scheme.
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Being a civil engineer is not just about constructing a project. Wining work is just as important. Being part of a bid team is another example of the broad range of work activities you can be involved in as a civil engineer.
I was part of the successful Taylor Woodrow bid team for the Croxley Rail Link, a proposed extension of the London Underground Metropolitan Line from Croxley, to Watford Junction, via Watford High Street. My input involved producing written responses for the quality submission surrounding the topics of health and safety, showing compliance with CDM regulations and community and stakeholder engagement.
Being a good neighbour
As an civil engineer you must have a knowledge of appropriate health and safety legislation and know how to manage your works in line with it. One of the most important pieces of legislation is the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. Virtually everyone involved in a project has legal duties. Taylor Woodrow is a Principal Contractor. Principal Contractors have duties under CDM to plan manage and monitor construction safely, ensuring competency of those they put to work. As part of my work on the Croxley bid team, I completed responses to outline how Taylor Woodrow would demonstrate compliance with CDM regulations and manage various other health and safety risks associated with the project.