Highways work on the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) £200million Masterplan is supporting local small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) around Preston and the North West.Advertisement
Every penny spent on the supply chain by main highways contractor Balfour Beatty has been awarded to companies based within 40 miles of the construction site in the centre of the University’s Preston Campus.
96p of every pound is spent with SMEs.
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Work around the new Student Centre and Masterplan has included replacing the old Adelphi roundabout with a safer link road between Fylde Road and Friargate.
It has also involved installing new footpaths and trees to create a greener environment around the campus.
The highways work is procured through SCAPE, the UK’s leading public procurement authority.
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The SCAPE | Civil Engineering framework accelerates infrastructure project delivery, allows for more considered project planning through early contractor engagement, as well as creating better value for the taxpayer and measurable local economic benefits.
Balfour Beatty Operations Manager, Graeme Moffat, said: “We are deeply committed to delivering significant benefit to the communities in which we operate.
“In addition to spending over £4 million with local SMEs since 2019, we have hired nine graduates and apprentices across the highways improvements project, created twelve new jobs and provided seventy weeks of paid work experience to local people, as well as working with over 2,500 local students via virtual events and participating in twelve volunteer days around the city.”
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UCLan’s Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer, Michael Ahern, said: “As a university, we are always keen to make sure that we support the local economy around Preston, and in hiring our contractors for the Masterplan, we were keen that they held the same local values.
“The contractors have embraced this and made sure that the entire city can benefit out of the Masterplan, from students to local businesses, neighbours and residents.”
All of UCLan’s Preston car parks will be available free of charge for general public use from 7 December to 3 January.
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