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Construction News Awards Supply Chain Excellence of the Year

Winner: CEMEX/Aggregate Industries JV – A1 Dishforth to Leeming

Two companies that are more used to competing against one another than working together co-operated to use all of their local resources to deliver on the A1 Dishforth to Barton project.

CEMEX and Aggregate Industries came together in a joint venture that required extensive teamwork and collaboration to deliver more than 2.2m tonnes of aggregate and 600,000 tonnes of asphalt to the project.

“This is a great example of two companies who would normally be in fierce competition coming together to deliver a project that demonstrates effective integration of supply chain”

Judges’ comment

The level of integration between CEMEX, Aggregate Industries, their customer Carillion/Morgan Sindall, local hauliers and a local independent quarrying firm is almost unprecedented. The judges commended the project as an “excellent example of establishing trust and integrating teams between traditionally fierce competitors”.

The team was very closely integrated with the client, and throughout the supply chain, down to the individual lorry drivers working on the project. The scheme required most of the joint venture partners’ local assets, to enable the supply team to successfully deliver materials to the project through haulage routes that passed through local villages.

A project coordinator from each of the joint venture’s teams worked from the client’s office, increasing communication, and each was responsible for coordination with production sites, haulage and installation.

The judges said: “This is a great example of two companies who would normally be in fierce competition coming together to deliver a project that demonstrates effective integration of the supply chain, with a focus on health and safety, process innovation and demonstrable improvements in results.”

The level of cooperation between CEMEX and Aggregate Industries even saw the partners controlling each other’s operations and resources, with a CEMEX representative managing the JV’s drystone resources and an Aggregate Industries representative managing the JV’s collective coated stone resources.

With more than 700 people working on site, safety was the number one priority for the project team. “The fact that there were no road accidents and 2,790,000 safe hours worked gives credence to health and safety objectives,” said the judges.

Favourable payment terms and health and safety practices were much in evidence on this project. The team worked closely with all of its lorry drivers to create a strong health and safety culture and kept local communities on board with the project’s aims.

The risks associated with supplying high volumes of material were mitigated by rigorous contingency planning, out of hours maintenance routines, sharing of JV assets and excellent communications.

Finalists

HE Simm Focus 30

Lloyds Banking Group, EC Harris, Havelock Europa, ISG, Sharkeys, Styles & Wood and Wates One Construction Alliance

Scape, in partnership with F+G, Pick Everard, Willmott Dixon and Kier

Skanska UK and Hanson

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