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Skinners’ Kent Primary School Wins Integration & Collaborative Working Award

In the last week of June, the Constructing Excellence in London & South-East Awards took place, rewarding businesses and projects in the region who demonstrate best practices and achieve outstanding results. It’s a great evening and celebrates all the creativity and expertise there is in construction.

As Waterloo’s head office and factory are in Kent, and as a way of showing our support, we have sponsored the Constructing Excellence Integration & Collaborative Working Category for the London and South-East awards for the past six years.

This fits in with our core values as we endeavour to work closely and share knowledge with businesses right across the supply chain; working collaboratively on projects and within the industry.

Deserved Winners

Our Managing Director, Ron Edmondson was the head judge for this category, so Waterloo had an important role to play in choosing this year’s winner.

Skinner’s Kent Primary School is a great example of collaborative working in action. The judges in the category look for evidence of early involvement, selection by value, common processes and tools across organisations, developing long term relationships, modern commercial arrangements and fair payment practices. This was all demonstrated by the Skinner’s Kent Primary School project.

The project was led by Baxall, who created and implemented an overall strategy to develop an integrated supply chain from the outset. This allowed the project to add key initiatives throughout that were fundamental to its overall success.

A team approach played a big part and enabled the school to be designed and delivered to exceptional quality standards and client satisfaction. When the contract was awarded to Baxall, the number of school places was already a year behind schedule.

Working together from the beginning, Baxall, Kent County Council, the school and supply chain partners, enabled the project to be completed in a time and cost-effective way to help deliver these much-needed school places.

Collaboration On Completion

Projects that demonstrate outstanding collaboration extend beyond the completion date of the project. Once the Skinner’s Kent Primary School project was complete, the school Facilities Manager was invited to witness commissioning and testing, and supply chain partners took part in the handover. This project showed true collaborative working from the beginning and beyond completion. It’s a great example of how this benefits a project.

The Importance Of The Awards

The Constructing Excellence Awards are important in helping to develop and improve the local construction industry. They recognise the best teams and organisations and helps to inspire others to learn and benefit from both the successes and challenges these outstanding projects face.