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20.04.2022 by South West Procurement Alliance

Collaborative working – the key to delivering successful housing projects

Collaboration has long been recognised as a goal in the construction industry, Constructing Excellence created the Collaborative Working Champions; which has identified 10 themes as most essential in achieving superior performance from fully integrated collaborative working in the UK construction industry. 

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06.04.2022 by Richard Croucher, Ian Williams’ Business Manager

In conversation with Ian Williams

In this latest article, SWPA finds out more about Ian Williams, one of only a few businesses to be appointed across multiple frameworks with us, including the vitally important Fire Safety (FS1-P) framework and fire door lot on the Doorsets, Fire Doors and Communal Entrance Doors (C8) framework. We caught up with Ian Williams’ Business Manager, Richard Croucher.

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28.03.2022 by Ventro

4 Fire Door Regulations You Need to Know

Fire doors are an essential aspect of fire safety for any property. They’re designed to stop the spread of fire and smoke in a building for long periods. This ensures escape routes are protected so people can evacuate a building safely and provides more time for firefighters to extinguish a fire.

There are several regulations in the UK associated with fire doors. This article will provide a breakdown of each and what they entail.

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08.03.2022 by Emily Bull

Time to #BreakTheBias for International Women’s Day 2022!

International Women’s Day 2022 is recognised across the globe, IWD celebrates women’s achievements and champions gender equality, this year IWD calls for us all to break the bias!  

Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Once we recognise that bias exists, we can all take responsibility for our actions and begin to positively change and challenge actions that don’t enable an equal playing field.  

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02.03.2022 by Dean Fazackerley, Head of Technical Procurement at LHC

Seven important changes within the Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper

The Government’s recently published Transforming Public Procurement (TPP) Green Paper consultation response shows determination to put alternative assessment scoring front-and-centre over price, to drive both equity and economic improvement.

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15.02.2022 by Tony Woods, Technical Manager at LHC

How contracting authorities can build strong relationships with the supply chain to deliver school projects

Back in February 2017, the National Audit Office estimated it would cost £6.7 billion to return all school buildings to satisfactory or better condition, and a further £7.1 billion to bring parts of school buildings from satisfactory to good condition.

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11.02.2022 by David Hartley, Managing Director at MTX

How modular construction is supporting the healthcare sector to achieve its sustainability goals

David Hartley, Managing Director at MTX, discusses how modern methods of construction (MMC) are proving beneficial to the healthcare sector, when it comes to supporting their sustainability goals, particularly under the increased pressures brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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08.02.2022 by Tony Woods, Technical Manager at LHC

How the public sector can reduce the impacts of skills shortages using MMC and collaboration

SWPA benefit from regional and national expertise, across several disciplines, from our local team, other teams throughout the UK, and our technical and procurement hub at our LHC head office.

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04.02.2022 by Rollalong

Modular Homes Being Delivered

Rollalong have put together a video using drone footage which captures the journey their modular homes took from our factory near Bournemouth to Sherborne 40 miles away.  

The factory-built, energy-efficient, low-carbon, affordable homes were built offsite and are now being installed in Barton Gardens in Sherborne, Dorset.  

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03.02.2022 by Dean Fazackerley, Head of Technical Procurement, LHC Group

Achieving the Gold Standard and the case for three-year budgets

SWPA benefits from expertise across the country, from LHC our central hub and from other regional business arms. Read more from our Head of Technical Procurement at LHC, Dean Fazackerley, on Constructing the Gold Standard and more!

At the end of last year, David Mosey, professor of law at King’s College London, published his independent report and recommendations on the future of public sector construction frameworks.

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