Following on from our previous post about the Scottish Government’s Policy Note CPN 3/2020 and Maxi Construction’s experience of working within construction frameworks we thought it would be useful to look at our experience of working on hubCo contracts.
Maxi Construction are approved Tier 1/Primary Contractors for several hubCos including:
- hub East Central Scotland
- hub West Scotland
- hub South West Scotland
Our association with hubCos goes back a number of years. Our first project, delivered in conjunction with hub West Scotland for Clyde Gateway, was for alteration and extension works to the Grade B listed former Bridgeton Library to form a new home for the Glasgow Women’s Library. We were delighted to be involved from an early stage in the project enabling us to contribute to design review and value engineering exercises including rationalising the piling solution and external lift shaft design and materials selection.
More recently, working closely with hub East Central Scotland, we have been delivering the Primary School & Early Years Bundle for Clackmannanshire Council. The Bundle consists of full design, alteration, extension and new build works at a number of operational primary schools within Clackmannanshire over a 2-year period. To date we have successfully delivered:
- Alterations and extension to Alva Primary School to provide a community library and new school entrance
- Construction of the 585m2 Menstrie Early Years Centre
- Phased external and internal refurbishment of Craigbank Primary School in Sauchie
- Refurbishment of the existing nursery within Menstrie Primary School to form school accommodation
A key factor in the success of these projects has been our early involvement with our designers to work collaboratively with hub East Central Scotland and Clackmannanshire Council. This team based approach adopted a holistic view of design, programme and construction that worked with the end users to deliver a value for money, fit for purpose solution in a way that minimised disruption and maximised the benefits of shared knowledge.
During the construction of these projects we were able to deliver a number of Social Value Community Benefits including:
- We hosted a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for local suppliers/sub contractors to attend
- We employed 2 candidates via an employment scheme
- The majority of sub contract/supplier awards have been to Scottish SMEs, of which 50% are based within the hub East Central Scotland region
- We provided fully funded SSSTS and PASMA training to sub contractors
- We participated in school activities including working with the school’s Digital Ninjas team who blogged about site progress, attendance at Assemblies to talk about site safety but also promoted construction as a career and introduced the school to the interactive Construction Manager game.
We also worked hard to make the construction works part of the school by doing simple things such as making green painted plywood Christmas trees, which the kids decorated and we then displayed in the windows of classrooms which were being refurbished. Temporary partitions were built to double up on the school side as notice boards and art surfaces.