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The Cocoa Works registered as ‘Ultra Site’

We have signed up The Cocoa Works, a sensitive restoration of an historic site in the heart of York, to become an ‘Ultra Site’ with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

We are one of very few construction service providers and suppliers with projects under this mantle, with only 18 Ultra Sites currently registered in the UK. Currently the only other Ultra Site in the Yorkshire region is our Cambridge Street Collective and Elshaw House project in Sheffield.

The Cocoa Works will provide 279 high-quality apartments through the refurbishment of an 1890s factory
Ultra Sites are designed to be industry leaders in considerate construction practices including management of our workforce and supply chain, the environment and work in the local community

Ultra Sites are designed to be industry leaders in considerate practice due to the scale and potential impact to local communities, the environment, the workforce and supply chain. Projects registered to this standard are also held to higher assessment criteria upon Considerate Constructors Scheme visits, which are also scheduled more often than the standard registration.

After each visit a report is produced, where we are scored on three areas; respect the community, protect the environment, and value their workforce. 15 points are available for each category, meaning a maximum of 45 points, with a further five points available for innovation and best practice.

We have recently had our first scored inspection at The Cocoa Works, in which we received a score of 42, with 14 points awarded in each category. This high score has pushed our company-wide average to an all-time high of 41.75.

Our delivery team have also worked to get our supply chain on the project on-board with the effort, and so far have got approximately 85% of sub-contractors currently on site registered with the scheme.

We registered our first Ultra Site with the Considerate Constructors Scheme back in 2020 at The Glass Works in Barnsley and have since followed this on with Cambridge Street Collective and Elshaw House, Sheffield and now with The Cocoa Works in York.

Our partnership with the scheme goes back to 2011 and another Ultra Site registration demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the highest standards in construction.

Richard Grafton, Head of Policy & Compliance

The Cocoa Works which is being transformed for Latimer by Clarion Housing Group will deliver 279 apartments through the refurbishment of the former Rowntree Factory which dates back to 1890. The project will ensure historical features of the building are celebrated and incorporated into the designs.

Latimer is the home building arm of Clarion Housing Group, which develops homes in thriving, mixed-use communities with any profits recycled back into building and maintaining more affordable homes.