James Parr is a framework manager within Kier, leading on our project delivery for the Southern Construction Framework (SCF), which was established by the public sector, for the public sector in the South of England. This month, James was awarded ‘Framework Manager of the Year’ by SCF and here he explains more about his role and how he is motivated to constantly do better.
“I run and cycle hundreds of miles every month. Setting off most days, ear phones in and exploring the Somerset countryside, it’s a chance for me to try and beat previous times, and also an opportunity to think, reflect and focus on new challenges ahead. I’ve never been one for keeping still – literally or within my career – and I use this drive to continually look at ways we can improve and bring about far-reaching benefits for our clients and the communities in which we build.
As framework manager, collaboration and communication are fundamental to all that I do. It takes a skilled network of people to deliver a project and part of my role is to bring together and utilise everyone’s capabilities in order to deliver first-class projects.
Since 2006, the SCF, which is a joint venture between Devon County Council and Hampshire County Council, has delivered over 600 projects, totalling over £6bn, across the South of England. It has an expansive geographical reach, from Cornwall to Kent and up to Bedfordshire. I really enjoy working with my colleagues across this expansive geographical region, it really makes me feel proud to be part of such a great team of people.
Kier is extremely proud to have been on the framework since its inception. Right now, we are delivering nine schemes which cover all three geographical lots of the framework, including two schools in the home counties. Through this framework, we have a pipeline of work which will see us further strengthen infrastructure in the south of England and I’m proud to be able to help guide and influence this.
I continually review, measure, evaluate and learn from all that we do – standing still is never an option. Aligned with the values of SCF, we strive to continuously improve, share best practice and thought leadership to enhance delivery.
We consider how to deliver programmes as efficiently as possible, provide accurate forecasts, review and implement trends and technologies to drive innovation and modern methods of construction forward.
It is also about the lasting legacies we leave behind in areas in which we work. We deliver tangible environmental and social value through our projects procured through the SCF, offering training and job opportunities as well as local community engagement programmes. I want to be able to talk to my three children about a project or place and say to them, I was a part of that!
An example of such a scheme is our flagship SCF project, St Sidwell’s Point in Exeter. – the world’s first Passivhaus standard, ultra-low carbon leisure centre, which will be supremely energy efficient. The scheme is being constructed to accommodate the changing weather conditions as a result of climate change. Its highly efficient design will ensure that it is energy efficient and will be cost-effective to operate over the longer term. We have launched an Educational skills pack that showcases the huge benefits the project will bring for the community. The pack is all encompassing, with the intended content aimed at the public, clients, educational facilities and industry professionals.
My role never loses its excitement, from the moment an opportunity is identified until the day a scheme is completed and handed over to a client and its local community. It provides a real sense of achievement and I was delighted to have been awarded ‘Framework Manager of the Year’ by SCF earlier this month.
Working with our partners on the SCF framework, I am proud to be part of a team who are all committed to driving excellence.”
For more information on the Southern Construction Framework, click here.