THE way public sector bodies in Lincoln and Lincolnshire can deliver their construction and property maintenance projects is being transformed – saving money for them at a time when they are facing unprecedented challenges to their budgets and in turn for their council taxpayers.
empaii is the second wave of East Midlands Property Alliance frameworks which has got off to a flying start since it was launched early last year and currently has more than 150 live projects.
Head of empa, Alan Coole, tells us more:
When empa was originally set up in 2008, the aim was simple – to make life easier for public sector organisations looking to carry out major building work and repairs for their communities.
empa is managed by Scape and was formed by local authorities working together to improve the procurement and delivery of construction and property maintenance projects. It operates throughout the wider East Midlands area.
Schemes which have or are being delivered through our frameworks in Lincolnshire include much-needed new council homes in South Kesteven and renovating several key buildings at the University of Lincoln, including work at the Art and Design and Minerva buildings.
empa operates across a range of sectors including schools, FE colleges, universities, housing, NHS, care homes, leisure facilities, libraries and more.
“he tremendous success of empaii means there is now a total of 119 organisations using its services.
Working with empa has numerous benefits for its clients. These include saving time and money as clients do not need to go out to tender as empa has already done this on their behalf and has a range of framework contractors ready for them to use.
Clients typically save 9% against market alternatives on their projects. The amount of time saved by using empa frameworks varies from project to project, but it is estimated that on certain projects empa can cut the procurement cycle by as much as nine months. This obviously makes a huge difference to public sector bodies and is often the deciding factor about whether a project goes ahead or not.
empa prides itself on investing in the local supply chain and creating local employment opportunities. A typical empaii scheme will see 64% of site labour and 56% of project spend within 20 miles of site.
The new empaii frameworks have brought about one or two changes in the contractor providers. The delivery partners comprise a range of highly experienced and effective contractors including G F Tomlinson, Ashe Construction, Robert Woodhead, Lindum, Interserve, Clegg Construction, Jeakins Weir, Morgan Sindall and Wates Construction.
“empa operates across the wider East Midlands region covering city and county areas in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and in Peterborough, Solihull, Coventry and Staffordshire Moorlands.
The work by empa is all about meeting the clients’ needs and it has recently launched its Value for Money (VfM) scheme which is an evaluation and reporting tool which captures clients’ priorities, so it can be demonstrated for empaii projects how these have been met.
Another success of empaii has been its Training Academy. Building on the success of the academy during the previous framework, a total of 40 apprenticeship opportunities have been created and almost 10,000 pupils from schools and colleges have been engaged in site visits and learning about the industry as part of their curriculum.
We’re so proud to be supporting the next generation of construction industry professionals and are committed to giving young people key skills that will enable them secure permanent employment.
Ongoing training and professional development for our supply chain partners – many of which are small to mediums sized businesses – also ensures upskilling of the current workforce. In fact, over the past 12 months an impressive 1513 days of training have taken place.
empaii has undoubtedly got off to a flying start and our philosophy continues to centre on improving skills, increasing local spend and an ongoing commitment to community and social responsibility.