The North Wales Construction Framework is an innovative collaborative working solution, which has been developed to support the delivery of the 21st Century Schools programme in the North Wales region. Instigated by the Welsh Government and supported by Construction Futures Wales, the Framework is made up of the six North Wales Authorities and seven main construction companies, hosted by Denbighshire County Council.
The framework aims to deliver best value for money; ensuring greater community benefits for the region by focussing on training for young people and concentrating on its engagement with local construction SMEs.
To this end, Construction Futures Wales (CFW) has provided 1:1 support to these businesses to help them to improve their processes and enter the supply chain. A total of 35 individual events have been arranged, including several ‘Meet the Buyer’ events. CFW has also supported a number of special interest events, including active participation in the BIM Special Interest Group meetings.
With support from Construction Futures Wales, the North Wales Construction Framework has successfully established a number of significant local supply chains – hosting representatives from all 7 Contractors on the framework and 113 local suppliers at three events between June 2015 and June 2016. The schools project has a target of 60% of all services and goods sourced from the budgeted £196million using supply chains within a 35 mile radius of each construction project.
Training opportunities have been arranged through the Framework, with 69 people now involved in apprenticeships/NVQs, 20 work experience placements have taken place, seven graduates have been recruited and seventeen new jobs have been created.
The partnership has recently been awarded a national honour for excellence in the construction industry at the Construction Excellence Wales Awards, hosted at the Celtic Manor resort in Newport. The Framework was recognised for its outstanding achievements in ‘Integration and Collaborative Working’.
Construction Futures Wales would like to congratulate the Framework Management Team on winning this award; a clear proclamation that time spent on building collaborative working relationships adds value for everyone, not just for the Management Team but also for the wider Framework of appointed Contractors, local companies and communities who have benefited as a result of the contracts awarded to date. The CFW Team look forward to continued close working with the Framework and wish all involved every success with their upcoming projects and award nominations.