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Consolidation Efficiency

The Greenwich Peninsula development is considering 'just in time' delivery to reduce pollution and congestion.

A key innovation of BAA's construction efficiency drive over the last decade could be picked up by a leading property consortium in the next few months.

Developer Meridian Delta reportedly wants to use a construction consolidation logistics centre to control distribution of materials and supplies to contractors building 10,000 homes on London's Greenwich peninsula.

BAA is using these holding areas to improve productivity and security at its Heathrow projects, including Terminal 5 (NCE T5 supplement, February 2004). Goods are delivered to logistics centres at Colnebrook and Ascot and from there are taken to site just when they are needed.

'We don't just take the goods to the site entrance but deliver them to the workface, ' says Ian Lister, senior manager for special projects with logistics expert Wilson James, who is working with BAA on the scheme.

'Apart from a huge increase in planned reliability and predictability, the centres reduce pollution and CO 2emissions because there are less lorries to cause congestion, ' says Lister.

All these benefits are of interest to Meridian Delta, he claims, because controlled construction deliveries will minimise disruption to the people of Greenwich and, crucially, to the first phase residents of the Peninsula development who will be living with construction work as the project progresses.

Wilson James, along with Mace and BAA, is so pleased with the construction consolidation logistics centres concept that it applied for and won a Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) research grant to find out whether the idea had a place in the wider construction industry.

Detailed results of the research will be unveiled at a free seminar supported by NCE, Transport for London, DTI and Constructing Excellence next month.

Jackie Whitelaw Construction logistics consolidation centres - how can they benefit you? takes place on 6 October in London.

To reserve a free place go to www. consolidationcentre. com or call Helen Owen on (01702) 608319.

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