Blackpool Municipal Buildings
Social value outputs on this project were managed through a dedicated social value plan which was presented to the council upon completion. Due to it’s impressive results it was later forwarded to the council’s Chief Executive for review.
This scheme involved the full refurbishment of the third floor offices situated within the Municipal Buildings in Blackpool town centre. The programme of works was phased as the lower and higher floors of the building remained in use by council staff throughout the contract period. In order to achieve the modernised office accommodation, the works consisted of an internal refurbishment of the third floor, the replacement of the flat roof covering, replacement of the aluminium windows and stonework repairs.
The programme remained a critical element of the project as part of the office space was leased to the Department of Work and Pensions and move in dates were fixed.
• 60% of the whole project labour force were employed from the Lancashire area
• 74% of sub-contractor orders were placed with companies from Lancashire and in line with the client’s requirements 42% were from the local ‘FY’ postcode area
• 91% of the contractor’s site management team lived within the local ‘FY’ postcode area
• Over 1850 apprenticeship hours were utilised during the works
• A shared apprentice was utilised for 7 weeks of the contract
• A work placement was provided to a labourer from ‘Blackpool Build Up’ for 11 weeks of the contract
• A presentation was given to HNC construction students at Blackpool and The Fylde College
• A partnership was formed with ‘Streetlife’, which is a homeless charity in Blackpool. The project team took part in the ‘Sleep Out’ campaign where they slept under the stars to help raise awareness and over £1300 for the charity.
“Following initial enabling works, the main contract was successfully completed in April 2017. The standard of workmanship and quality of finish has been warmly welcomed by Senior Managers and Staff. Further remodelling projects throughout Council buildings have been approved on the basis of these works. “
Shaun Ward, Cost & Contracts Manager at Blackpool Council