WSP has launched a new tool to measure the social value impacts of projects at the design phase.
The engineering firm has created a scoring system to assess the social value and impact of a project before it reaches the planning stage.
The tool scores social value in relation to security, accessibility, physical and mental health on all project.
Depending on the type of project either social interaction of local identity is added as a fifth parameter. For example on high-rise projects local identity is taken into account whereas on masterplanning projects social interaction takes precedent.
“Since the implementation of the Social Value Act (2012), the construction industry is required to factor social value in for all public service contracts in the UK”, says Snigdha Jain, Principal Consultant at WSP.
“Currently, measuring social value for projects is a challenge for the industry and in establishing this brand-new tool, which is the first of its kind, we are allowing for a new methodology and more widespread approach for social value assessment which can be rolled out across a number of different developments.”
The tool takes each factor independently and applies a set of five action points that the project must meet. This could potentially give an overall social value score of 25.
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