Les Dance is the Framework Manager for Regional Building Central. He has recently been recognised by Scape Group as ‘Kier Hub Manager of the Year’. Here he talks about our successful partnership with Scape on the National Minor Works framework in our Central region.

“We have worked with Scape since 2011 when we were awarded the Scape National Minor Works framework where Central delivered 52 projects to the value of £53m. In 2015 we were awarded the second generation of the framework with which I am proud to be involved.  Partnering with Scape, we have delivered a wide range of public sector projects from £50k to £4m and larger programmes of work across the UK.

Via Minor Works framework, across Kier Regional Building, we have delivered over 1000 fantastic projects for our clients. In our Central region we have delivered 42 of these projects with a further 50 known opportunities. We have engaged with over 40 clients on the framework in our region, the latest being Oxfordshire County Council where our Oxford delivery office has been awarded contracts to design and build four schools.

Social value is a key driver and overall our Kier work on this framework has created employment and training opportunities valued at more than £21.6m. In addition, we have supported our local communities with over £370m of valued delivered through our SME supply chain.

I’m delighted that our Gloucester Hub was awarded Best Social Impact Performance for the second year running and in 2018/19 we achieved an 80p per £1 social value return and achieved 100% of frameworks KPIs for six months. From our Gloucester office, we have spent over £69K with social enterprises and over £45m with SMEs within a 10 miles radius as part of our Scape National Minor Works framework projects. We also have a local procurement agreement with Sofab Sports, who provide employment for young people with disabilities, to provide high visibility vests.

Our focus on improving careers, employment and training opportunities is embedded throughout the framework. In the Gloucester area we have provided 3,375 school or college engagement days; provided 65 work experience opportunities and 58 adult employment opportunities. We have also had 35 new apprentices start with us and have interviewed over 40 service leavers for roles.

Our average customer satisfaction score on Scape projects is 9/10 in both pre-construction and construction stages. This is a fantastic achievement demonstrating our outstanding performance in areas such as produce, quality, timeliness, value-for-money, provision of cost information and service.

Our Birmingham office has just completed two fantastic Scape projects for the City of Wolverhampton Council, Springvale Primary School and Stowlawn Primary School, which both received a 10/10 customer satisfaction report. Across both projects 82% of spend was within 50 miles and £100k value engineering was given back to the client through items of innovation including raised seam roofing in lieu of sedum roofing and the utilisation of alternative renewables.” 

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