Jackson Civil Engineering is one of the first construction firms of its size to gain the prestigious BS11000 certification for Collaborative Business Relationships.
The idea of BS11000 is to provide a framework to help companies manage and develop their interactions with other organisations, encouraging them to work together more closely, thereby generating efficiencies and adding value. This is particularly relevant for construction, where government funded projects are being continually squeezed to provide better value and service for the taxpayer.
Jackson works on a number of framework contracts for clients such as the Environment Agency, and Connect Plus, the company responsible for managing the M25 for Highways England. Working collaboratively with Connect Plus for the past few years, Jackson has helped to develop numerous techniques for maintaining the M25 which save time and money compared to conventional methods.
For example, Jackson has helped develop a method of repairing concrete carriageway sections, which make up 20% of the M25, in a single night closure. Conventional methods to repair concrete would require lengthy lane closures during peak traffic periods, whereas this method, using a specially developed rapid curing concrete mixture, can be driven on within 4 hours. Ok, so it’s not the most glamorous of projects, but the impact to the travelling public, in terms of reduced lane closures on one of the busiest roads in the world, is exponential.
Jackson’s Technical Director, Jim Chaplin said: “Now in our 63rd year, we’ve worked in enough teams to recognise that business efficiency and productivity is improved by working collaboratively with our clients, supply chain and other partners. Through our work with Connect Plus in particular, we have first-hand experience of the benefits that collaboration can bring so BS11000 seemed the obvious choice for us. It has allowed us to formalise and improve our collaborative approach to business, providing us with a framework to provoke collaborative working practices in every project we undertake.”