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Client view: Concrete collaboration can lead to greener solutions

At Skanska, we’re all about working collaboratively with our concrete partners to drive innovation, value and sustainability.

This is at the very core of what we do. Through our sustainable procurement approach, we are able to work with our supply chain to deliver our clients’ requirements.

Each project has its own challenges but we actively integrate our concrete suppliers into our delivery organisation, not as a bolt-on.

Tracking vehicles

We work closely with a range of concrete producers, because they each have different strengths and some are more suited to meet the needs of our regional and national projects.

One of the key challenges is vehicle logistics. It can be a real challenge for suppliers to get the right mix to the right location, particularly in London and the South-east.

Traffic problems or breakdowns can delay our works significantly, with a big impact on costs.

“You always need to push the boundaries to come up with greener solutions”

The challenge for the supply chain is that most concrete suppliers don’t operate their own fleets of mixer trucks. This means they don’t always have the tracking and monitoring capabilities you find in other sectors.

We think the supply chain needs to rise to the challenge and find ways to embrace GPS technology to identify potential problems very early in the delivery process to improve operational efficiency.

Pushing boundaries with partners

All our suppliers need, as a minimum, to meet the BES 6001 environmental standard and the QSRMC ready-mixed concrete standard.

Skanska’s Journey to Deep Green is our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment to almost zero.

We were a finalist in the Supply Chain Excellence category at the Construction News Awards 2013 for our partnership with Hanson on the Bloomberg Square development in London.

Working together, we doubled the previous limit for the amount of recycled material which can be included in concrete.

It shows what can be achieved by a true partnership, and that you always need to push the boundaries to come up with greener solutions.

Dale Turner is director of procurement and supply chain at Skanska UK

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