Consistently delivering quality and value are key priorities for Beard. We believe the strength of the relationship between customer and construction partner has a direct bearing on this. Many of our customers recognise this too and we strive to create open and collaborative environments in every project we engage with.
Collaborative contracts, where we work with customers, their advisors and our subcontractors at a much earlier stage, have come to the fore in recent years. This collaborative approach fits well with our ethos of partnership, which we believe is core to any successful project. The approach brings better knowledge sharing and service excellence and marks a big contrast to the more adversarial nature of typical construction industry contracts.
The ongoing framework agreements we have with Thames Valley Police and with The University of the West of England are good examples of this. In each case irregular workloads, changing requirements, strict deadlines and difficult working environments have all been accommodated far more easily because of strong, collaborative working relationships formed at an early stage.
Other benefits include shortened procurement cycles, construction teams that customers are comfortable working with and prompt start dates. It means we can programme our resources early on and deal more easily with workload management issues so that progress can move forward swiftly.
More importantly, customers benefit from our experience during the design phase, receiving guidance on construction methods, materials, sub contractors and site set up, leading to reduced design and buildability issues once on site – all helping drive out cost and build in value.
The earlier Beard can get involved, the sooner we can understand a project’s complexities and act before issues arise and become costly to rectify. This gives us a better chance to be flexible in our approach and put forward pragmatic solutions to meet our customer’s needs.
Above all, a strong partnership with good communication between each party and easy access to senior management brings clear understanding of the customer’s objectives, a well bonded team and a roadmap to achieving the perfect outcome for the project.
Oxfordshire County Council - four year construction framework