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First Dry Lining Contractor To Achieve The Supply Chain Sustainability School Gold Award

We are pleased to announce that Astins have recently been awarded with gold level status from The Supply Chain Sustainability School.

About the Supply Chain Sustainability School

Astins joined the School in 2012 which was jointly founded by Skanska, Kier, Morgan Sindall, Carillion, Sir Robert McAlpine, BRE, Balfour Beatty, Wates, Vinci, and BAM with an aim to help the Construction industry address and resolve sustainability issues within the supply chain. The Supply Chain Sustainability School is part funded by CITB Construction Skills via the Growth Fund and a delivery partner – Action Sustainability.

The school currently has a total of 2,730 members, 23 of these hold a gold award of which only 4 of these are construction subcontractors. Astins are delighted to be the first dry lining subcontractor to be awarded with gold level status.

How did we achieve gold level status?

Astins’ gold status was achieved by implementing a number of instrumental changes within the Health & Safety, Quality, HR and Sustainability areas of the business. These changes were identified as part of a continuous improvement plan primarily focused on the following areas:

BIM: We have introduced our own in‐house protocol documents and have a set of procedures in place to ensure we achieve BIM Level 2 compliance for all contracts that have a level of BIM implementation. We have also invested heavily in new hardware and software training to ensure that our design team members are fully skilled to assist our client and project needs for all aspects of design and installation.

Waste: We reviewed our Waste Reporting System so that causes of material waste on site can be reported more clearly, leading to a better representation of the waste sources within the business. Sustained improvement of this has been demonstrated in a plasterboard waste case study which was published on Constructing Excellence.

Sustainable Timber Policy: We aim to be a sustainable leader in sourcing timber. We are working with our suppliers to ensure that wherever possible, all timber products are supplied from sustainable sources and are in line with Chain of Custody certification. Where possible the sourcing of this timber will be from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). If this is not possible, we will source from independent, verifiable, legal sources.

Modern Slavery: We have updated our Modern Slavery Policy, ensuring that it is fully compliant with the Modern Slavery Act requirements and our website now includes a Modern Slavery Statement. The procurement team are implementing a review of our supply chain. Our aim is to continue the fight to abolish slavery and any infringement of an individual’s human rights.

Apprentice Training: We run an apprenticeship scheme in our Astins Training Institute where we dedicate time to training our apprentices before they can go on-site. This is mainly run by our own in-house trainers who teach the apprentices in dry lining and fire stopping. The training scheme lasts for a duration of 2 years with our apprentices completing a formal apprenticeship in Interior Systems/Dry Lining and an NVQ Level 2 in Interior Systems/Dry Lining.

The benefits of gold status and our commitment

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is widely recognised across the construction industry and by our clients. Gold level status illustrates how committed we are to ensuring sustainability within our business and supply chain. Our clients can be assured that we are focused on improving the overall quality of work across the business which in turn will help deliver their projects to an excellent standard.

Our achievement within the Sustainability school over a relatively short period of time is one to be very proud of. We have a continuous improvement plan and believe that as a forward thinking company focussed on sustainability we can continue our development and achieve beneficial results for our business and clients.

Special Acknowledgements

Gold member status has been made possible through the involvement of our QHEST Team. Their continued collaboration with The Sustainability School in conjunction with their work across the business to develop a clearer understanding of our current practices and policies has been crucial in achieving this status.