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Five supply chain firms recognised at Infrastructure 21 event

Tier 1 contractors celebrate their suppliers as Ceca launches training programme

Five supply chain firms have been recognised by their clients for excellence in supply chain delivery at the inaugural Infrastructure 21 event.

The event was jointly organised by NCE, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca) and training body CITB as part of the Infrastructure 21 campaign to develop supply chain capabilities. This appreciates the crucial role the supply chain will play in upgrading and maintaining the UK’s transport and utilities networks.

The winners were nominated by their Tier 1 contractors, including companies like Balfour Beatty, BAM Nutall and Costain as well as by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills.

The trophies and commendations were delivered by representatives from major clients including Crossrail, The Environment Agency and HS2:

Company: VGC
Winning category: Training
Commendation:  Even through the challenging trading conditions of the last few years, VGC has continued to invest in training for its workers. The company’s training business has been rated as outstanding by the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering, while VGC’s work with under-represented groups has seen it become accredited to the National Equality Register. Working for Morgan Sindall, the company provided apprenticeship opportunities on the Whitechapel Crossrail project and on rail projects across London and Kent, with a further two apprentices taken on at their head office that led to permanent roles.

Company: J McCann
Winning category: Health, safety & Wellbeing
Commendation: J McCann has demonstrated excellence in health, safety and wellbeing during its work to support Morgan Sindall in a number of recent smart; and managed motorway projects. Throughout these projects McCann employees were actively involved in project health & safety workshops and took part in occupational health medicals for their staff. Two of the company’s employees joined the BAM Nuttall/Morgan Sindall JVs weekly View of Operatives in the Construction Environment (VOICE) meetings to provide insight on issues faced on the ground during the project, with their feedback helping to raise standards on the projects. McCann took their learning from their work with Morgan Sindall on the M62 to their next job at Heathrow airport, earning the company two successive Gold health & safety awards in the process.

Company: Keller
Winning category: Innovation
Commendation: Taylor Woodrow/BAM Nuttall JV’s complex Victoria Station Upgrade project to improve capacity at London’s busiest tube station called upon the innovative services of Keller Ground Engineering. The company’s input into 3D modelling of the as-built condition of the jet grout columns at VSU was crucial to the success of the project, and has helped the project receive recognition with nominations for a number of awards.

Company: D-Drill
Winning category: Leadership
Commendation: Based in Coventry for more than 40 years, D-Drill is an outstanding example of strong leadership in the supply chain. Since 2008 the business, which specialises in diamond drilling, has been run by managing director Julie White. During this period it has grown to the point where it now has more than 100 staff delivering up to 750 jobs a month for 5,000 different contractors, while continuing to invest in sector-leading training and innovation. Julie not only provides strong leadership for the business, but is also a powerful advocate for the industry, as a board member of the Drilling and Sawing Association and a past chair of the National Specialist Contractors Council.

Company: Speedy
Winning category: Business Excellence
Commendation:  As one of the leading supply chain companies supporting contractors across the UK, Speedy has demonstrated business excellence by providing services that make the company easy to do business with. Their centralised systems for compliance testing and health & safety were welcomed, as is their consistent and transparent reporting using monthly dashboards and live hire reporting. Morgan Sindall reported that Speedy’s adoption of lean approaches has reduced lost time and delays to just 1 per cent against an industry average of 7 per cent. The company’s development of ‘EPOD’ for equipment and ‘FPOD’ for fuel allows around-the-clock access, helping to increase productivity, and offering time and cost savings as contractors only pay for what they use.

Company: Collaborative Procurement Working Group
Winning category: Collaboration
Commendation: At the outset the Working Group committed to deliver cost efficiencies across the Major Projects Pogramme. The delivery partners have collaboratively procured common goods and services across almost all Managed Motorway projects in the Major Projects Roads Programme. This has involved collaboration with supply partners including Asset International, Polypipe and Saint Gobain - in line with the principles of BS 11000. This has helped achieve considerable cost reductions, as well as providing significant input into capacity planning issues, while also allowing collaboration on new product development to improve health & safety, sustainability and programme savings.

  • The event also marked the launch of a Ceca’s report which aims to define the key capabilities required in the supply chain and which has mapped out a low-cost training programme to be delivered by CITB. NCE will publish a full analysis of the report in our annual Contractors File in the coming weeks.   

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