Lancashire Supply Chain Engaged as UCLan Engineering Innovation Centre Starts on Site
NWCH contractor partner, BAM, has started construction of the University of Central Lancashire’s £30m Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC). In the lead up, BAM wanted to further grow their Preston supply chain, encourage local companies to tender for work on the project and connect with local training and employment organisations. They teamed up with the Central Lancashire Construction Skills Hub, made up of Preston’s College, Preston City Council, South Ribble Council, Chorley Council and UCLan, to present upcoming opportunities on the project and meet local supply chain companies, who were invited to events at Preston’s College back in 2016 and earlier this year.
As a North West based company with its regional office located in Salford, BAM are committed to the use of local supply chains on all their projects to reinvest project spend back into local communities. Between 2013 and 2016 they spent £240million with 600 supply chain partners within a 30-mile radius of Preston, and £28million of that was with 104 partners within a 15-mile radius.
It’s early days on the EIC project with current piling works ongoing, but BAM have already started to use Lancashire based companies including piling subcontractor, Bachy, muck-away subcontractor, Armstrongs, and Tarmac concrete supplier’s Preston depot. Progress of the project can be followed on the UCLan EIC Facebook page.