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Client of the Year

These six clients have shown collaboration and innovation that makes them the top companies contractors want to work for.

Department of Health Client CN Awards 2016

Department of Health Client CN Awards 2016

Department of Health: ProCure21+

Last year saw the largest volume of work awarded in the 12-year history of ProCure21+ with £930m, bringing the total awards to more than £9bn across 1,062 projects for over 250 NHS organisations.

The framework achieved a 15.1 per cent reduction in construction costs between 2010 and 2015, with 100 per cent cost predictability, 94 per cent of projects delivered without an accident, and 92 per cent time predictability. A number of standard components have also been developed with ‘repeatable rooms’ being used by more than 20 different NHS trusts.

Derwent London Client CN Awards 2016

Derwent London Client CN Awards 2016

Derwent London

Derwent completed 250,000 sq ft of development in 2015, with approximately 1.5m sq ft on site in 2016 and a further 1.4m sq ft in the pipeline for 2017-21.

Sustainability is a strong focus, both in terms of building environmental performance and community engagement, and its 2015 challenges were its clearest and toughest to date. Work has continued apace on its major White Collar Factory project at Old Street roundabout, which is due to complete in late 2016 and is set to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

Hub North Scotland Brimmond School Client CN Awards 2016

Hub North Scotland Brimmond School Client CN Awards 2016

Hub North Scotland

In its first four years, Hub North Scotland has brought £47m-worth of facilities into operation, with a further £143m under construction and £211m in the pipeline with its 16 participants.

HNS uses a standard design model that can be adapted to local requirements, allowing the best design and construction practices to be shared across territories.

To date, the clients has supported 38 apprentices, 39 graduates, 78 days of work experience and 123 new entrants into the construction industry.

Manchester City FC Client CN Awards 2016

Manchester City FC Client CN Awards 2016

Manchester City Football Club

With a lengthy waiting list for season tickets, Manchester City FC took the decision to expand its stadium to keep matches as accessible to as many people as possible.

The client worked collaboratively with Laing O’Rourke to phase the approach and keep the stadium open throughout, with 42 home matches played during the project and numerous other events taking place, too.

MCFC carefully considered how to bring the project team together to benefit the local community and created 19 new jobs from the scheme (six of which went to previously unemployed individuals), as well as 39 apprenticeships and 21 work experience placements.

Network Rail Birmingham New Street Client CN Awards 2016

Network Rail Birmingham New Street Client CN Awards 2016

Network Rail

Network Rail completed two major station redevelopment projects in 2015: Birmingham New Street and Manchester Victoria.

The Victoria project in particular is a key part of the £1bn Northern Hub investment, with BIM adopted early on.

In Staffordshire, the Stafford Area Improvement Programme saw the birth of the first pure alliance in the UK rail industry (between NR, Atkins, Laing O’Rourke and VolkerRail).

Despite huge logistical challenges, the programme will be delivered over a year ahead of deadline and with savings of 10 per cent.

Thames Water Client CN Awards 2016

Thames Water Client CN Awards 2016

Thames Water Utilities

Last year saw the culmination of several years’ work for Thames Water as it established three groundbreaking alliances.

This began during preparations for AMP6, where Thames Water reviewed how it could deliver more than just cost efficiencies and even formed an alliance in the technology sector for the first time.

TW turned its contracting model on its head by commercially incentivising all members to drive performance against a jointly owned business plan – an approach which has already delivered operational, financial and safety benefits.

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