The Supply Chain Sustainability School, of which VGC is a gold level partner, has won the Best Practice in Procurement award at the 2016 British Construction Industry Awards.
The BCI awards recognise excellence in specialisms that contribute to overall project success. Over 1,200 people attended the awards ceremony on 12 October at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.
The judges’ described the school as: “genuine collaboration”.
In the awards publication, the Supply Chain Sustainability School was summarised as “a world-class collaboration initiative designed to enable development of a sustainable built environment”.
“In just three years, www.supplychainschool.co.uk has become a world-leading supply chain initiative with 39 competing employers collaborating with the sole purpose of developing a more sustainable supply chain.
“The industry has the potential to make a considerable positive impact on carbon emissions reduction. With 80% of main contractors’ turnover being spent with their supply chains, it is clear that competent suppliers are the key.”
The Best Practice in Procurement award was devised to recognise project teams that have improved industry best practice around procurement. The judges looked for evidence that the procurement method led to to increased performance, durability, safety or competitiveness, as well as client satisfaction.
The judging panel included David Hancock, head of construction at the Cabinet Office, and senior directors from Skanska, Arup, MottMacDonald, London Underground, Costain Anglian Water, Laing O’Rourke, BAM Nuttall and KPMG. For each category, the judges assessed best practice, safety and sustainability, as well as how well the entry meets the needs of the client and the community at large.
New Civil Engineer’s editor Mark Hansford commented: “Our winning projects are truly delivering for society. We as an industry are delivering the projects the public wants. And we need to shout about these projects more.”
The British Construction Industry Awards were launched in 1987 by Thomas Telford Ltd, the publishing arm of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and New Civil Engineer magazine. The object of the awards is to recognise excellence in the design, construction and delivery of buildings and civil engineering works.
VGC has been involved in the Supply Chain Sustainability School since it was established in 2012 to share and spread best practice. We were one of the first companies to attain gold status in the school.