Due to a high concentration of construction activity in a very consolidated area, with a very busy University campus occupying most of it, the Mace London School of Economics Centre Buildings Redevelopment team knew they had to think outside the box from the outset.
From past experience, site teams from differing main contractors in the same area usually come into contact in a reactive sense when unforeseen circumstances arise. Each of the sites are also monitored by the same Westminster City Council Highways and Environmental Officers.
Therefore, after taking the initiative, the Mace team introduced themselves to the neighbouring project teams and set up the Portugal Street Contractors Forum which includes Client representatives, Westminster City Council Officers and Site representatives. As a team, we all meet on a bi-monthly basis or as and when required to discuss forthcoming works, road closures, events (such as graduations) so proactive plans can be put into place.
This has been a great success and has been welcomed by all as a great initiative to deliver coordinated and safe logistics strategies where the risk profile is high. Chaired and controlled by Mace, these meetings have provided a much more streamlined and efficient approach for Westminster, particularly where representatives are present at the meeting. Whenever this has not been possible then a feedback meeting is arranged.
Off the back of these meetings, we have produced a coordinated logistics plan and high level programmes highlighting pinch points and a directory. We have also held a very successful combined Cycle Safety event!