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Supply Chain Excellence

Engaging supply chains is of huge importance as the recovery develops and these six companies have shown how best to form effective relationships.

Bam Ferrovial Kier joint venture – Crossrail C300/410 western tunnels and stations and C435 Farringdon main station works

Each of the partners in this joint venture has a wealth of experience that has been brought to bear on this state-of-the-art Crossrail project.

The team is employing more than 300 tier two subcontractors and suppliers, with an equal number of tier three and four contractors.

BFK used its labour-only subcontracts framework to standardise rates and conditions, increasing operational effectiveness from a reduced operative turnover.

The contracts used project bank accounts, too, ensuring fair payment terms and practices throughout the supply chain.

Cemex – Customer-focused solutions

Cemex consistently rose to the challenge in meeting its customers’ needs in 2014, aiming to ‘be the best’ for its five key stakeholders: families, employees, customers, communities and shareholders.

Its work on the Lee Tunnel project for Thames Water saw it deliver several ground-breaking concrete solutions, including the annulus pour where Cemex and contractor MVB spent 29 days undertaking the longest continual slipform pour ever carried out in Europe.

The firm also played a leading role in raising safety standards, holding safety days for more than 2,000 of its employees that were also attended by suppliers, customers and even competitors.

Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies GB – London Bridge station redevelopment

Approached by Costain to supply steel reinforcement to the elliptical concourse columns at London Bridge station, Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies GB realised that traditional methods would not deliver the required outcome.

The columns also sat right in the critical path of the programme, ensuring it was essential to get them right.

Using Tekla software to model the columns, Midland Steel entered into an extensive re-design with Costain and WSP to facilitate offsite manufacture – an example of true supply chain collaboration.

Morgan Sindall – Setting the Standard

Morgan Sindall’s Plant Hire Desk provides products, solutions and services to Morgan Sindall Group through a collaborative process that includes 12 ‘plant family members’.

The desk handles more than 22,000 transactions a year for Morgan Sindall, achieving an average rate of 90 per cent perfectly delivered.

The desk has reduced labour time and costs while centralising systems for compliance, testing and health and safety certification.

With a number of different companies collaborating with joint objectives on safety, sustainability, training and payment, the scheme has seen continuous improvement and lowering of risk.

Skanska UK – Collaborative procurement

Skanska is working in partnership with Bam to deliver Network Rail’s Northern Hub portfolio of projects, strengthening the roads and railways of central Manchester.

The team redesigned its supplier selection process so that it included a behavioural assessment component.

This allowed them to identify subcontractors who demonstrated the strongest commitment to collaborative working, and who offered the greatest value for money as a result.

50 per cent of the scoring was allocated to behaviours, with Skanska stating that it recognises that “it is only as good as its subcontractors”.

UK Power Networks – Principals’ Group

UK Power Networks launched its Principals’ Group to ensure contractors’ values and priorities were aligned with its own corporate vision of being an employer of choice, a responsible corporate citizen and sustainably cost-efficient.

UKPN wanted its supply chain to be moving in the same direction as it was, ensuring they were ready to embrace its ambition to move towards an alliancing model in 2015.

The group meets quarterly to help contractor leaders understand UKPN’s business plan and current performance, with the aim of working together to improve performance.

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