Workers, contractors and clients will be better equipped to demonstrate their on-site safety standard and consideration for the public, with a new star rating system.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme was launched to reward developers that run safe and considerate construction sites. It shows how firms care about the appearance of development sites, respect the local community, aim to protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their own workforce.

The new 5-star ratings were developed after contractors and clients called for a clearer way to reflect this.

The initiative will include posters and certificates clearly showing the star rating for each site.  To get a poster, registered sites need a scored Monitor visit that will translate its mark out of 50 into a star rating.

Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “The introduction of the star ratings system provides an easily identifiable and quantifiable way for the public, local community and workforce to understand the extent to which sites and companies are performing against the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice.”

The original code was introduced to improve the image of construction, an industry which at the time had seen its safety reputation suffer.

“We believe the introduction of these posters and certificates will help to present an even more positive image of the industry to the public,” Mr Hardy added.

One site has already been awarded a 5-star rating.

The new US Embassy site at Nine Elms in Wandsworth, which is being constructed by B.L. Harbert International and Sir Robert McAlpine, is due to open next year.

Sir Robert McAlpine’s Project Manager Bob Kay said: “We take pride in providing a working environment that not only attracts like-minded personnel but aims to do so in a way that demonstrates our commitment not only to the site and its personnel but also to the wider community.

“Receiving such recognition from the Considerate Constructors Scheme demonstrates that we are achieving this aim.”