Social Value Goals Achieved For Blackpool Council Project

Delivering a range of outcomes relating to local employment, apprenticeships, education and supporting local charity organisations was a key target for NWCH constructor partner F Parkinson, who recently completed the remodelling and refurbishment of the third floor offices of the Municipal Buildings in Blackpool town centre. Commissioned by Blackpool Council, the project required upgrading the office accommodation to align the facilities with newly completed office accommodation elsewhere in the town.

The project achieved a range of excellent social value 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 College

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.

This 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.

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