SCF two-stage approach explored options with Woking BC

The SCF has seen an increasing number of large scale Car Park projects in recent weeks. One project has recently been awarded to Willmott Dixon after an extremely competitive mini competition process.

The Heathside Crescent Car Park in Woking is nearly 30 years old, servicing a popular town centre that continues to grow. As a result, the car park is often at capacity and is in need of extension. Additionally it has become a hot spot for anti-social behaviour, with large columns and blind corners making it an unnerving experience at times. The Client came to SCF wanting alternative solutions that could be developed collaboratively throughout the preconstruction phase. As a result a number of contractors put forward proposals, and on this occasion Willmott Dixon were successfully appointed by the Client.

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure has sealed a pre-construction service agreement for the first phase of Hackney Council’s ambitious mixed-use community development

Working in collaboration with SCF, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure is set to deliver a major leisure centre and 1,100-pupil academy next to Shoreditch Park. Six residential blocks are also planned in the second phase of development.

The proposals for the site next to Shoreditch Park comprise a new leisure centre, a secondary school, and associated external works and infrastructure, including a new public square where community events can be hosted.

 

Levelling the playing field for smaller businesses

Central to the SCF is understanding the difficulty faced by SMEs and their respective routes to market. The Framework’s market intelligence reporting helps us understand how they compete and how clients can gain access to their skills and experience.

The Government has recently set out new reporting rules as part of a drive to increase construction industry spend with small businesses. The requirements are applicable to projects >£5m for a minimum package value of £25,000.

Protecting against Main Contractor Failure

Carillon is obviously the first thing that people think about when supply chain failure is mentioned, but they are not unique and there have been many others in the last ten years not least Connaught and ROK, to name but a few.

The next question is ‘who will be next’ and there will be – to announce that in an article like this would potentially contribute to the risk of their potential failure. But currently there are a small range of significant construction companies that are facing some challenging times.

 

Championing diversity in the industry

Emma Bull, framework manager for ISG, international construction services company, and SCF framework partner, gives her take on the importance of diversity in the industry. Emma believes that the construction industry needs to do more to address the gender imbalance in our workforce, particularly for the next generation of construction professionals. Statistics show that less than 7% of students on construction courses in further education in 2015/16 were female. (Source: Destinations of Construction Learners in Further Education CITB June 2017).

SCF Safety Forum – Exploring and debating “cable free” sites

At the SCF Health and Safety forum Contractors safety advisors and professionals got together to discuss various safety issues and updates occurring on SCF projects, also updating each other on the recent incidents/accidents and discuss lessons learnt. A re-occurring trend on trailing cables was highlighted as a major contributing factor towards slips, trips and falls on construction sites.

 

Outstanding Midas apprentice named the region’s best

The outstanding commitment and dedication of a Shared Apprenticeships South West apprentice, working with Midas Construction has been celebrated with the presentation of a top industry award.

Adam Robertson was revealed as the winner of the construction industry Outstanding Apprentice of the Year accolade at the Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards recently.

NACF Market Intelligence Review 2017

NACF partners capture market intelligence from trade packages across their projects. On a quarterly basis, information gathered by the contractors through their trade supply chain provides a snap shot of changes year on year, with a forecast for the coming year. The data provides a view of the possible factors that may affect projects going forward, and allow clients to understand any changes from the previous year. NACF brings together the UK’s largest Framework arrangements under a banner promoting good practice and efficiency in public sector procurement

SCF Market Intelligence report

The Southern Construction Framework has been collecting Market Intelligence data on the major construction packages since the start of 2015. Collected on a quarterly basis, we now have 2 years of data which allow the identification of trends within the market and provide a snapshot of the current conditions. The following report identifies some key conclusions and trends from the data, identifying an average 8% increase in the cost and number of employees of each trade against 2015. Additionally, predictions of a further 8% increase in 2017 have been forecast.

Client Information: Asbestos

“As part of the Southern Construction Frameworks Health and Safety Forum asbestos continued to be an area for concern. The vast quantities of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM’s) still prevalent in many buildings placing those that work in or around existing buildings at risk. It was agreed that although finally banned in 1999 the need for many clients to maintain and refurbish their existing portfolio of buildings means the risk of exposure remains. Taking this initiative and with the intention of informing potential Southern Construction Framework clients, our group produced a simple yet informative poster. Its aim to prompt questions around the possible presence of asbestos and to make clients aware of the need to have in place suitable survey information identifying the presence and condition of ACM’s within their properties before construction works commence.”

Steve George
Willmott Dixon Principal Health, Safety Manager and member of the
Southern Construction Frameworks Health and Safety Forum