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Supply Chain Excellence: Finalists

Effective supply chain collaboration holds the key to any successful project, as our seven finalists have shown.

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Fusion

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Fusion

Fusion Building Systems

Barratt Developments set a strategic goal to produce at least 20 per cent of its output using offsite methods by 2020 – and is now working with Fusion Building Systems’s light gauge steel system on an order book worth more than £3m.

Fusion worked with Barratt on factory tours, site visits and through a thorough examination of the design process alongside other specialist contractors, to develop an effective supply chain, requiring a cultural change for Barratt and an operational change for Fusion.

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Kier Construction and University of Cambridge Project Capella

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Kier Construction and University of Cambridge Project Capella

Kier Construction & University of Cambridge

Kier Construction worked with the University of Cambridge to take Project Capella, an 18,000 sq m biomedical research laboratory, from a blank piece of paper to an enclosed building in just 24 months.

The contractor engaged early with supply chain partners for key project elements, including structural, façade, MEP and specialist laboratories. BIM was also used to drive collaboration, with the team devising fast-track, offsite construction methods which helped reduce the programme by 20 weeks.

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Kier Services

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Kier Services

Kier Services

Kier Services achieved a 99.2 per cent KPI score for emergency responses in 2016 on its London Highways Alliance Contract, with callouts including a burst tributary of the Thames that turned the A20 into a river as well as a  major spillage and a serious car fire – both in the Blackwall Tunnel.

In particular, the response to the 1 km-long fuel and hydraulic fluid spill caused by a mobile crane required an immediate closure of the tunnel which Kier responded to within five minutes.

Working closely with suppliers, Kier removed 300 tonnes of contaminated asphalt from site and resurfaced more than 2,000 sq m of road, reopening the tunnel in just 20 hours.

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Manchester Smart Motorways

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Manchester Smart Motorways

Manchester Smart Motorways

Manchester Smart Motorways is a £208m highways joint venture made up of five delivery partners: Balfour Beatty, Costain, Carillion and Bam Nuttall/Morgan Sindall.

Through early collaboration with traffic management consultant Virtus and other stakeholders, MSM has delivered a number of wider benefits beyond the project’s original specification, including cost and time savings, with benefits for safety.

The team has worked very closely with external stakeholders, too, negotiating road closure details and working closely with the area’s highways maintenance contractor to combine works.

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Network Rail

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Network Rail

Network Rail

Network Rail’s Commercial Directors’ Forum comprises key supplier and industry stakeholders, meeting twice a year to encourage collaborative working.

Delegates have identified a number of issues before working to develop solutions. These have helped drive industry-wide benefits including a rail sector fair payment charter, significantly shortened payment terms, removal of retentions, a rail sector sustainability charter, and an improved approach to assessing safety competencies during tendering – among many other achievements.

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Sustainable Building Services UK

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Sustainable Building Services UK

Sustainable Building Services (UK)

In 2016 SBS completed a three-phase external wall insulation contract involving 1,150 private and social housing properties in Nottingham, procured by Nottingham City Homes via Efficiency East Midlands’ solid wall insulation framework.

Early collaboration between SBS and its supply chain partners was vital in ensuring that the scope was not reduced, and the team established a bespoke local training centre which replicated the 30 different property archetypes that would be encountered on site.

The team achieve zero defects throughout the project.

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Thames Water Utilities Smart meter

CN Awards 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Thames Water Utilities Smart meter

Thames Water Utilities

Thames Water set a target to fit 75 per cent of its customer properties with a smart meter by 2030 (up from 33 per cent in 2015), to help address a predicted shortfall in water supply of up to 133m litres a day.

The company partnered with Arqiva for the fixed network, Groundwork for the customer engagement programme and Morrison Utility Services for the installation, with all partners sharing goals for programme delivery and health, safety and sustainability.

It installed over 117,000 meters in its first year of operation, with a large number of leaks identified and dealt with too thanks to the meter data.

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