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Supply Chain Excellence: Finalists

The collaboration on show among these finalists has saved millions of pounds, shaved months off programmes and raised the bar for best practice.

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain A14 Integrated Delivery Team

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain A14 Integrated Delivery Team

A14 Integrated Delivery Team

The A14 Integrated Delivery Team of Balfour Beatty, Costain and Skanska, alongside designers Atkins and CH2M, are delivering the £1.5bn Huntingdon to Cambridge Improvement Scheme.

Behavioural factors have been at the centre of the team’s approach, with behavioural assessments forming part of the supplier tender process and a ‘no blame’ culture employed across the supply chain. The team used the example of its work with traffic management subcontractor HW Martin, with whom it undertook numerous workshops under its ‘behavioural maturity framework’, and jointly trained 65 operatives in observing best practice. These efforts resulted in HW Martin’s project performance score increasing from 76/100 to 85/100.

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain BNM Alliance Severn Trent Water

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain BNM Alliance Severn Trent Water

BNM Alliance / Severn Trent Water

Barhale and North Midland Construction teamed up for Severn Trent’s Elan Valley Aqueduct Rehabilitation Project. Close collaboration between contractors, client and the supply chain was evident from the off, with BIM used to engage all stakeholders through a single platform.

One issue that emerged early on was an exceptionally tight deadline for the first tunnel section. BNM and Severn studied the plans carefully and, having liaised with the TBM manufacturer, identified an alternative tunnelling solution that shaved a full six months off the original timetable. The overall scheme was eventually delivered on budget and ahead of programme.

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain DataScope Systems Munnelly Canary Wharf Contractors

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain DataScope Systems Munnelly Canary Wharf Contractors

DataScope Systems / Munnelly / Canary Wharf Contractors

DataScope, Munnelly and Canary Wharf Contractors collaborate on several major projects across the Canary Wharf district, supplying access control solutions. Munnelly and CWC take major roles in the development of new products with DataScope.

The trio have implemented solutions such as biometric readers to track key usage on sites, as well as workforce lockers that use fingerprint ID to boost security and simplify access for 3,000 operatives. These innovations have benefited various Canary Wharf projects and have the potential to improve processes across the wider industry, the companies believe.

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain Jackson Civil Engineering MWay Comms Connect Plus Services

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain Jackson Civil Engineering MWay Comms Connect Plus Services

Jackson Civil Engineering / MWay Comms / Connect Plus Services

These partners have worked hand-in-hand on several projects on the M25, improving design and installation processes for Highways England assets.

The team saved 14 per cent from the original budget for replacing lights on the Dartford Crossing in 2017, working with the supply chain at ECI stage to refine the design. This saw it streamline the installation to reduce the project programme, which also lowered workforce exposure and minimised disruption thanks to fewer lane closures. Changes devised by the three also produced major improvements to the bridge’s whole-life costs, reducing its maintenance requirements.

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain Midland Metro Alliance

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain Midland Metro Alliance

Midland Metro Alliance

The Midland Metro Alliance is adding 34 km to the tram network in the West Midlands while working closely with organisations such as the Midlands Growth Engine, chambers of commerce and local enterprise partnerships to maximise business benefits.

Alliance buyers regularly visit sites to deliver procurement training to new employees, ensuring all are inducted in the latest best practice. In 2017 the alliance hit its target of more than 70 per cent of spend going to local suppliers, and put on a number of supply chain events to give firms insight on how they can contribute to the £1.35bn project.

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain Supply Chain Sustainability School

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain Supply Chain Sustainability School

Supply Chain Sustainability School

The Supply Chain Sustainability School aims to provide a common approach to tackling environmental and social sustainability issues around supplier engagement, measurement and knowledge development tools.

The school now provides free support to more than 25,000 users worldwide. Among its areas of focus in 2017 was modern slavery, for which the school has developed toolbox talks and e-learning modules to raise awareness in the industry.

In a recent survey the school found that 64 per cent of users said it had helped them better understand their sustainability impacts, while 67 per cent said its resources supported them in helping clients deliver their sustainability targets.

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain Sovini

CN Awards 2018 Supply Chain Sovini

The Sovini Group

The Sovini Group comprises housing associations, charitable organisations and commercial companies, offering services from property development through to management solutions. Since its formation the group has invested £17m of commercial profits into its housing associations, equating to 170 new homes.

Using the group’s in-house contractor allows the various businesses to monitor quality and costs closely, as well as identify savings and establish long-term plans through close relationships. These advantages are demonstrated on projects where bespoke requirements have been met quickly by the partners, while lead-in times have been kept to a minimum.

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