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Supply Chain Excellence

Winner: Galliford Try – Hillview School for Girls

Galliford Try’s winning entry brought together the theoretical innovation behind Galliford Try’s development of a standardised approach to school-building, and its execution, involving further improvements, on a live building project: the Hillview School for Girls in Kent.

At both stages, the contractor actively involved supply chain members early and sought their expertise to make further improvements to the programme’s outcomes.

Galliford Try’s initial Optimum Schools concept was developed in response to the government’s James Review, which challenged contractors to build schools more cheaply and quickly.

Optimum Schools had early collaboration with an integrated design team and supply chain at its heart, with architects Scott Brownrig working with the contractor before any projects have even been identified.

The principles developed focused on a switch towards component-based standardisation using a ‘kit of parts’ rather than a design template, and allowing solutions that would be bespoke to user requirements and site constraints while still achieving efficiencies, cost and programme savings.

“Galliford Try has demonstrated a proactive initiative that has made a real difference to supply chain management”

Judges’ comment

Galliford Try makes it clear its supply chain is based on establishing long-term trading relationships, with an explicit focus on achieving the highest performance in health and safety, corporate responsibility, sustainability, waste reduction, client satisfaction and cost reduction.

In 2013, the challenge was to put into practice the principles of Optimum Schools in a real environment. Suppliers were invited to discuss the principles in an open environment and consider how their products and expertise could contribute.

This led to greater savings and efficiencies in construction, including a switch from using a Glulam portal frame as the main structure of the building to SIG’s Insulshell system to create the structure without the need for a separate frame.

Involving SIG early meant the panels and SIG’s Insulslab raft foundation gave the building excellent thermal performance and low air leakage, while its offsite manufacturing and installation process saved time and additional work.

Similarly, early involvement of window supplier Metal Technology identified a more appropriate design solution at an early stage that provided considerably better energy performance using a naturally ventilated design that required less M&E.

The end result was that Galliford Try delivered Hillview School at 30 per cent less cost, meeting the Education Funding Agency’s benchmarks, with a programme time of 21 weeks compared with the 32 weeks it would have taken using traditional construction methods.

The judges were impressed with Galliford Try’s proactive approach, the investment it made and the significant cost and time improvements, saying the initiative had made a real difference to supply chain management and has huge potential for further school development.


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