Experience in Partnering With Social Landlords
Our initial “partnering” contract, undertaken with Dundee City Council, in 1999 involved the installation of IT infrastructure to several secondary schools in Dundee. The project was a resounding success and received several awards in Scotland and nationally.
Since then we have successfully completed many such projects for a wide variety of Local Authority, Housing Association and Private Clients.
Our experience in these types of projects over the last 12 has enabled us to learn that “Partnering” is the best way forward to allow the delivery of completed projects “on time, on budget and providing best value.” As a result we now promote this approach with our clients wherever possible.
The benefits identified include:
- Reducing capital cost
- Reducing construction time
- Increasing predictability
- Working towards a zero defects outcome
- Increasing productivity off site by means of prefabrication and on site by better planning
- Increasing turnover and profits to the best companies involved in the construction process
- Reduce the number of accidents
Ability to Comply with Terms of the Partnering Contract
We believe that the partnering process can best be achieved and delivered by the following process:
Client leadership is vital to the success of the project and will enable the project team to perform at its best.
- The client structure and responsibilities should be clearly identified and adequately resourced
- The client should show commitment to best practice and encourage cooperation between all involved with the project
- A detailed brief with clear financial objectives and realistic programme should be developed by the client before the design stage of the project commences
- The client should promote best practice in design, teamwork, innovation, health and safety and require an appropriately trained and qualified workforce
- The client should work within the project team from the commencement of the project to identify and manage risks
The design should be creative and imaginative and capable of meeting the delivery objectives.
- The client should produce a clear brief before the design commences
- Designers should be selected according to ability, quality and appropriate to the scale and complexity of the project
- The design should be practical, functional and meet the operational requirements of the client and user whilst driving health and safety throughout the duration of the project
- Project briefs should specify criteria in order to deliver a cost effective solutions taking advantage where possible of offsite fabrication and adopting modern logistic principals
- The design should be IT based using collaborative tools and communication technologies
Commitment to People:
Valuing people leads to a more productive and engaged workforce and facilitates retention of skilled staff and engages local communities positively in the construction process.
- Local employment projects and training initiatives should be used to benefit local communities
- Training and development should be offered to all staff to meet individual, project and company needs
- Opportunities for Apprenticeships and work experience should be offered
- A policy of equal opportunities should be adopted to encourage a diverse workforce
- Project specific agreements between unions and employers should be established to encourage better employment practices including training and health and safety
- Construction sites should be clean and tidy and provide good quality facilities.
- Sites should be run considerately without causing nuisance to the local communities
- A sustainable approach will bring full and lasting environmental, social and economic benefits through new build and regeneration projects to the people.
- Each project should develop a specific policy which will address environmental, social and economic aspects within relevant standards and include all aspects of the supply chain
- Targets should be set within all contracts and performances monitored and appraised regularly
- Projects will incorporate the best practice approaches to resource use, waste minimisation, low carbon performance, employment, training and community involvement
- Project development plans that will seek to enhance, create and protect the local natural environment
Health and Safety:
Health and Safety is integral to the success of any project from design concept, construction to subsequent operation and maintenance.
- Project designs should have a risk register and will address health and safety issues
- Projects should aspire to be accident and injury free
- Health and Safety risks will be assessed, managed, action taken and communicated to all parties from inception to completion
- Professional and site staff should hold CSCS ( Construction Skills Certification Scheme) or equivalent
We firmly believe that by following the objectives and aims as set out above, clients, building users and the tax payer in public funded projects, will receive a better quality building with fewer defects. The projects are delivered with cost and time predictability and where several projects of a similar nature are involved, considerable benefits for the client can be achieved.