Case Study


Blackpool Municipal Buildings


Blackpool Council
F Parkinson Ltd
December 2016
April 2017
Form of Contract
ACA Project Partnering
Delivery Type
Construct Only

This scheme involved the remodelling and refurbishment of the third floor offices in Blackpool town centre. Constructed post war (1950s) as a steel frame structure, it is used on a daily basis for Blackpool Council front of house customer services and back office service delivery.

Phased programme of works
• The programme of works was phased to ensure minimal disruption to existing building occupiers as the other floors of the building remained in occupation throughout the contract period.
• This phase of works consisted of the full refurbishment of the third floor offices, replacement of the flat roof covering and replacement of the aluminium windows and stonework alterations.

Social Value

Delivering social value was a key target for this scheme and the project achieved the following outputs:-

  • 91% of the site management team lived in Blackpool
  • 1728 apprentice hours achieved
  • Use of a shared apprenticeship scheme for 7 weeks of the project
  • 100% of the supply chain were from the North West, 72% were from Lancashire and 40% with a local ‘FY’ postcode
  • 11 weeks work experience placement for a local ‘NEET’
  • Partnership with local charity ‘Streetlife’ who provide support and shelter to vulnerable young people in the Blackpool area. To assist the charity the following was undertaken:-
    • 5 employees slept under the stars and took part in ‘The Big Sleep Out’ and raised over £1300.00 for the charity
    • Donated a large TV for their shelter
    • Free decoration to the TV area at the shelter
    • Donation of barriers for ‘The Big Sleep Out’
  • Presentation given to HNC Construction students at Blackpool & the Fylde CollegeThis project was the first scheme procured by Blackpool Council through the NWCH framework, and following its successful completion the council has earmarked further schemes to be procured via the framework.
  • All social value outputs on this scheme were managed through the use of a dedicated social value plan which was updated on a weekly basis to track performance.

“We entered into a procurement process through the NWCH and successfully appointed F Parkinson Ltd. Following initial discussions and preconstruction meetings we agreed a contract price that met both the budget and achieved the programme.”
Shaun Ward, Cost & Contracts Manager