The Carey Way is our approach to everything that we do and is something that we are exceptionally proud of. Since our first project in 1969 we have been a company that prides itself on doing the right work, in the right way, with the right team. 

The Carey Way

We believe in attracting exceptional people and giving them exceptional things to do. We believe in reinvesting our profits to grow our teams and to provide them with the right environment and equipment to ensure that they have exactly what they need to achieve the high standards that we deliver. 

Our extensive in-house plant and fleet team provides the backbone to our approach and forms the core of our reinvestment strategy. Our acquisition of specialist equipment such as tower cranes and vacuum excavators has redefined our approach to prestigious projects including the V&A Museum, Lots Road Power Station and Principal Place.  

Ultimately the Carey Way is all about the way that we work. We recognise that our first duty is to keep our people safe and that if we set out to do things the right way, we will get the results our clients need. 

Pre-construction Advice and Planning

From asbestos removal to house building we believe that effective planning is integral to achieving the high standards we set ourselves. Effective planning isn't just about understanding what needs to be done, it also means testing our plan before we get to site and working with our clients to uncover all the hidden variables inherent to our industry.

To ensure we have a truly robust plan of works, our teams utilise experience drawn from across our Group and use the latest technologies to stress test programmes and improve the way we work. Our extensive investment in specialist items of plant and fleet ensure that our teams can not only design but also successfully complete challenging methodologies that are best suited to client requirements.

From planning asbestos removal works to developing dewatering and remediation strategies, or the structural designs of basements and towers, we know that knowledge is the most powerful tool available to our teams. Our planning provides clients with greater programme certainty, reduced risk and the reassurance that their project uses the latest and most effective industry techniques.

The Carey Way is about teamwork, helping each other be the best we can possibly be so that we achieve something greater than the sum of the individual parts of the team. Asking ourselves the question - how can I better assist those around me to do their jobs? Rather than what can they do better to help me.

Aidan Carr, Head of Delivery

Self Delivery Model

The investment of the Carey Group is integral to our ability to deliver works safely and to exceed our client's expectations. We invest in the latest equipment, technologies and training to enable our teams to achieve sector leading standards. Since our formation in 1969 we've invested heavily to establish offices across the UK and Ireland, training facilities at Milton Keynes and Livingstone, and to acquire specialist equipment such as vacuum excavators, tower cranes, and self-erecting jumpform systems. We draw on the best techniques from any sector from around the world – there are no barriers or boundaries for us seeking excellence. Our investment enhances our capabilities, growing the skills of our people and enabling us to overcome ever more complex challenges for our clients.

For me the Carey Way is about us trying as hard as we can every day to help our teammates, all those people in our circles of influence, to be as good as they possibly can be, to be as efficient and productive as possible in everything we do.

Brian O'Brien, Contstruction Director

Health and Safety

For us health and safety begins with the words on our Group banner -  'we care'.

We recognise that our first duty is the safety of our great people. To protect their wellbeing, both mental and physical, and to train and empower them to protect themselves and their colleagues – we are all ambassadors of this. Our in-house health and safety programme Safe Home Every Day (SHED) is an ever-evolving behavioural change programme designed to show our people that we are all responsible for safety and that true health and safety is not gained by forms, checklists and procedures.

Our teams are taught that it is never acceptable to take short cuts, rush, or complete unplanned works that places themselves or others at risk. It's not just about simply reducing the number of reportable workplace accidents but to improve the overall health and wellbeing of our people both at work and at home.

For me the Carey Way is there to assist all to ensure a safe site set up from the beginning. I believe it is a fantastic legacy of a great company and extremely refreshing for a company to go the extra mile by ensuring safety really does come first and this proves how much all employees are valued.

Martin Maze-Brown, Works Manager

Careys Plant & Fleet

The Carey Group owns, maintains and operates a large specialist plant and transport fleet which plays a vital supporting role to all of the Carey Group companies.

Careys Plant & Fleet maintains over 2,000 items of specialist equipment and machinery and is responsible for the acquisition, deployment and maintenance of key items of plant for our projects. Careys Plant & Fleet is integral to our ability to overcome complex site challenges and to meet time-sensitive programmes where our tower cranes, vertical excavators and vacuum excavators play a crucial role in delivering excellence for our clients.

All plant is regularly inspected and maintained to ensure safe and effective operation during projects and is certified to the highest levels of both FORS and CLOCS, receiving FORS Gold certification. 

Careys Plant & Fleet is based at our headquarters in Wembley but provides equipment across the UK and Ireland, promoting rapid mobilisation and continuity of delivery for our clients.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work - Aristotle about 2,400 years ago! I see lots of people getting pleasure from their job. The seeds of perfection are sown. This is the Carey Way to me - pleasure in the job we do.

Bruce Simpson, Regional Planner

Sustainability

For the Carey Group sustainability is about incorporating the three principles of sustainability (social, environment and economic) into all aspects of our business to create value for our clients. Our mission for sustainability is to drive awareness and improve the sustainability of projects and the communities in which we work.

2018 marks the first year that our Group has operated under a robust sustainability strategy. We have always operated in a way that mitigates environmental harm and benefits local communities however, the Sustainability Strategy signifies an important step in securing certainty for future generations.

Our approach to sustainability is to focus on areas where we can make the most difference. People and communities, waste and materials, energy and carbon and the natural environment are our four themes of sustainability. By prioritising these four themes we continue to seek out innovative and effective ways of working that makes us a better contractor, client and employer.

The integrated nature of our Group services enables us to influence sustainability throughout the entirely lifecycle of a construction project. Careys Design Team is pioneering innovative solutions which improve resource efficiency whilst Careys Plant & Fleet is seeking new technologies to reduce carbon emissions across our projects and is designing advanced systems to prevent pollution. Waste management, responsible sourcing, CO2 reductions and mitigating environmental impacts are key priorities for our contracting companies Careys Civil Engineering, Careys New Homes and BDL Dry Lining, whilst Seneca Resource Recovery operates at the other end of the supply chain to create energy from various waste streams.

The Carey Way is an ethos that we can use to deliver projects professionally. We can all stand behind it as a team and be proud, from COO to Gateman. The Carey Way promotes a best-practice culture in order to benefit those involved in and affected by our business, as well as the wider community and the environment.

David McLeod, Project Manager

Quality

When the Carey Group was founded in 1969 the three founders knew that delivering high quality work would be key to their success. Whether a project was large or small their approach was the same; take everything back to 1st principles and then build it back up from there.

There are more than 4,000 of us now and that ethos is still at the heart of everything we do. Before we start anything we establish the optimum outputs – nothing is left to chance. We ensure high quality by paying attention to every aspect of a project, whether before, during or after delivery of works. We ensure we have the right tools for the job, that we understand our sites and clients and ultimately that we're giving ourselves the best possible environment in which to achieve a quality result.

As we've grown we've acquired the accreditations of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 but we've never forgotten that quality starts with the mindset of our people.

For me, the Carey Way is about an ethos, culture and environment that supports the Group’s core values and promotes excellence across the entire team and all aspects of the business. This encourages a highly energetic team dynamic at all levels, industry-leading quality/delivery, a hunger to be the best at all that we do.

Kevin Sibley, Commercial Director

Business Improvement

Since we were established in 1969 the Carey Group has transformed from a small team of specialist groundworkers to a nationwide, multi-disciplined group of companies that provide a wide range of construction services. Our growth has vastly increased the complexity of the supporting services behind our projects which are key to the high standards we provide our clients.

To ensure we still deliver the highest standards of safety and quality, our Group is pursuing three key targets as defined by our Executive Board. Our Procure to Pay project team is transforming the way our Group captures, stores and processes data across the business.  We are looking to the future to ensure that we have the right systems, people and processes to grow in the right way, starting with building best practice in supply chain and procurement management.

Embedding data-driven decision making across our Group is another way we're investing to ensure that we achieve the same standards of quality and safety we always have. Our teams capture vast amounts of project, supplier and client data. Effective decision making relies on knowing the right information at the right time and most importantly, knowing that it's accurate. Our Group is therefore investing in the latest technologies and streamlining our data capture, processing and retrieval systems to enable our people to make informed decisions.

In addition to this, key members of our Group are undergoing Behaviour Science training to improve the certainty and quality of our decision making processes. We've also invested millions in the development of our HR function to encourage greater growth and upskilling of our teams through a range of courses and career development programmes.

I think the Carey Way is not accepting that things have to be a certain way and taking responsibility for trying to improve them. The Carey Way is encouraging us to speak up and make the changes that we want to see, rather than waiting for others to make them for us. Ultimately it's about creating a company that values improvement and values the people trying to make those improvements.

Henry Viola, Copywriter

Operational Standards

The Carey Way embodies the standards we have been delivering as a company since 1969. As the Carey Group expanded it became necessary to fully articulate those standards in written and pictorial form to ensure adherence to the high-quality delivery for which Careys is known in the industry. 

To deliver this message the Carey Way standards were developed and made available online to all staff, accessible from smartphones, tablets or desktop computers. Each of our 'Black Hats' supervisors has also been issued with a smartphone, in order that they can access the standards directly from the workface.

The Carey Way has been developed, launched and embedded by our operational teams with the help of our functional departments, particularly HSE and Quality Assurance. It is always evolving and is championed across the regions by our operational managers and health and safety teams to help support safe working practices as part of our Safe Home Every Day initiative. 

Covering site set-up and construction works to project management, each individual standard consists of a simple list of Dos, Don’ts, Considerations and References – relevant documents that either enhance or provide further details on the proper procedures to be implemented. 

Along with the written aspect of the standards Careys Design Team created CGI images to illustrate pictorially the standards we expect against each activity. Using this technology, we can articulate in one image exactly what the required standard is with no room for misinterpretation or ambiguity.

Ultimately, the articulation of the standards and creation of the site provides a tool which allows our teams to have something they can hold up in front of them and say “Is this what the Carey Way should look like?”

What sold it for me to join Careys was the Carey Way Standards and how simplistic they were for people to understand (basically look at the picture and that is what you should see on our sites). We are confident as an organisation that this is our standard, it is the quality of work we deliver, it is what sets us apart from our competitors and most importantly, it is a behaviour - it's the way we do go to work.

Robert Myles, Project HSE Manager
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