By analysing raw project data we can pinpoint precisely how we consistently deliver value for money, and ultimately provide our customers a smart and efficient product delivery as opposed to a service.
On all our projects we track data across 4* categories:
- Cost certainty
- Social value
*On all Department for Education (DfE) projects we undertake we also track value for money against the DfE’s own £ per m2 base rate.
In line with our ‘right first time’ mantra we strive (and consistently achieve) zero defects at building handover. Recent projects where we have achieved zero defects include:
- Finberry Primary School, Ashford
- St. Peter’s CE Primary Hawkenbury
- The Lenham School, Maidstone
- Southborough Hub, Tunbridge Wells
- Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys
- St. Gregory’s Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells
Another means by which we quantitatively prove we offer value for money in terms of quality is by measuring air permeability. For example, on Finberry Primary School the building was originally designed with an air permeability of 5m3; upon pre-handover testing, we exceeded the design air permeability requirement (4.35m3).
By tracking cost certainty data, we demonstrate the minimal discrepancy between our final account and the original contract value. If there is a significant cost variation, this can be attributed to additional works requested by the client or firming up of provisional sums.
Capturing social value data helps us to assess the wider impact our projects have upon communities. Localism i.e. encouraging local trade, procurement, employment and apprenticeship opportunities are major drivers for us, and we are fully committed to the creation and ongoing development of sustainable communities wherever we operate.
- We calculate the percentage of spend within specified distances from each of our projects (less than 30 miles from site; 30 to 60 miles; and 60+ miles) in a bid to maximise local spend and community support.
- Whilst on site at Southborough Community Hub near Tunbridge Wells, we offered to transform an outdated library and IT room at nearby Southborough CE Primary School into a dynamic learning space with a modern ICT suite for pupils. The school’s new Discovery Centre boasts over 4,000 new books, an amphitheatre and the latest tech – all worth in the region of £50,000. We provided the building and renovation work cost-free and our local supply chain partners contributed labour and materials free of charge.
- We also record the number of training opportunities per project including apprenticeships and work placements.
We assess our environmental data against industry averages and use ConstructCO2, a software tool through which we benchmark our construction carbon and local spend performance via quantifiable KPI industry standards. This supports our company-wide environmental and sustainability standards (Considerate Constructors Scheme, ISO 14001 and PAS 2050 / 2060 or Carbon Trust Standard) objectives and targets, and demonstrates our alignment with the UK Government’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment by 50% the year 2025.
According to ConstructCO2, the current industry average benchmark figure for carbon reduction is 43.76kg of CO2 per £1k spend. On Baxall projects we can regularly demonstrate that our kg of CO2 per £1k spend is significantly below this target figure.
We also measure zero emission travel on each project and the percentage of waste diverted from landfill.