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Lessons learned

Project 106; BNFL Silo B38

Project development

Negotiated contract offered early contractor input into design and 20% construction costs saving.

Identifed key personnel for entire project.

Project implementation

Memorandum of Understanding acted as site bible outlining teamwork responsibilities and objectives.

Introduced pain/gain share on target cost and guaranteed maximum price.

Provided neutral cashflow deal for contractor.

Client trust led to self-inspection by contractor of all steelwork.

High powered progress meetings scrapped in favour of more focused technical discussions involving only personnel responsible.

Partnering the supply chain

Adopted flexible approach to construction programme and steel tolerances - some relaxed. Saved potential six months construction delay.

Subcontractor brought in early during design process.

Production of components

Trial assembly of rail track away from silo reduced workers' exposure to radioactivity.

(Left to right): Roy Evans - M4I facilitator, Chris Johnson - fabrication manager Fairport, Jonathon Thompson - project manager Fairport, Tony Testa - BNFL design manager and Fairport's senior estimator Nick Shorrocks.

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