Woolcock Construction

Why we're involved?

Being a relatively small construction company, Woolcock has endeavoured to undertake projects that have a point of difference in order to differentiate ourselves from similar providers. Sustainable and forward-thinking design aligns with this philosophy and provides further opportunity to adapt our construction processes and become specialists in our field.

Resilient design is something that we have sought to achieve through this differentiation. This provides us opportunities to undertake interesting, bespoke designs and advance our construction methods, which is rewarding to achieve and provides us continual professional development. By stepping outside of our comfort zone, we learn new ways to refine our processes for cleaner, more resilient design and construction outcomes. This also supports our decision to adopt KESAB clean site practices on this project; to illustrate the importance of industry relationships and education, and also the pride and respect we have for our construction sites and neighbouring properties.

How we're assisting in resilient built environments.

We have actively engaged with innovative projects that allow us to deliver quality, at varying scales of affordability. Due to our willingness to be active in the design process, we can save our clients’ money, and increase performance of their buildings by including energy systems that add value to the design.

We also take ownership of on-site waste, keeping sites clean, and working to reduce materials; within our buildings we look at ways to minimise detailing that and find improved efficiencies for our clients. We feel that our actions promote our integrity and the pride we have in our buildings/sites.

Although educating about the importance of residential and commercial building performance is a slow process, we feel we are making a difference to our clients and providing healthier environments. Through being upfront in reviews, making simultaneous reflections while working with priorities of budgets and value, and by responding to feedback from clients about how the building operates once occupied, we are helping to drive the attitude of sustainability.

Adding health and amenity for the user.

We are continually seeking opportunities to create more comfort within design for the occupants of our developments. The internal environment is important to us and our strategy to work with the performance of the building is vital to this consideration. We are always looking to increase value for the client and these are measures we employ to achieve this. 

It goes without saying also that with clean sites and appropriate contractor relationships we are able to achieve a high level of waste management and reduce risks of contamination for the natural environment.

Empowering owners choices.

Our dialogue is open with our clients from the beginning, such that we can present them with sustainable options and measures that can contribute to the performance of their building, enabling them to make informed choices.

We negotiate with the consultants on the behalf of owners to avoid over engineering. This ensures areas that are less efficient in spatial planning can be otherwise utilised to contribute to performance. We aim to educate while we’re working on efficiently building houses with minimal waste of construction materials.

Increasing our presence in the community to encourage future thinking design.

Through our industry affiliations, we are actively involving associations such as KESAB to these types of projects as it is line with our strategy to better educate our contractors and suppliers.

We value being able to use these projects as a learning tool for the industry in which we’re actively involved. We don’t mind the challenge of being the first to embrace commercial site sustainability and then use it as a tool to learn, educate and to refine processes that can help others.

By engaging and facilitating the trades in better practices through these processes, we teach others to communicate these principles and to value industry relationships. Similarly, using the same trades across a large percentage of our projects, we can create lasting relationships where trade knowledge doesn’t have to be reintroduced on every new project, and we develop mutual trust and shared responsibility for work performed. This maximises quality, minimises risk of errors, and contributes to continually refining both our design and construction processes.

We further seek to adopt stringent waste management practices on our sites, separating materials where we can and using recycling processes where available. This is evidence of our respect for others and appropriate regulatory guidelines for dealing with the repatriation and regeneration of contaminated sites.