17 September 2018
Number of staff: 354
Launch date: July 2017
The Judges say... "This submission is an outstanding example of true collaboration. The partnership is based on development of trust, shared outcomes and a commitment to act on lessons learned."
The Design Consortium consists of 20 consultants across a variety of design disciplines. It was established by Willmott Dixon to objectively make early engagement possible on every project, to allow designs teams to gel, to ensure prompt payment and facilitate the sharing of lessons learned. Partnering companies were selected on the basis of shared values; the ability to work together collaboratively and a joint commitment to develop the relationship. Commercial arrangements did not constitute part of the selection criteria.
The Design Consortium Partners (DCPs) have a 'One Team Ethos' and have integrated into Willmott Dixon office activities and team meetings as well as taking part in Consortium Tuesdays involving three DCPs hot desk in the offices once a week.
The benefits of early engagement, common understanding and familiarity have enabled all parties to operate collaboratively. The option to extend these types of relationships up and down the supply chain and with other companies holds the promise of yet more benefits, lower costs, smoother delivery and ultimately a better outcome for the end client.
“In this category, we look for evidence of early involvement, selection by value, common processes and tools across organisations, long term relationships, modern commercial arrangements and fair payment practices” explains John Tiernan, Managing Director, Waterloo Air products; head judge and sponsor of the Integration & Collaborative Working Award. “This submission is an outstanding example of true collaboration. The Design Consortium partnership is based on development of trust, shared outcomes and a commitment to act on lessons learned”
We will be launching the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards shortly after the nationals on November 16th, for work carried out in 2018 in London and the South East. You can register your interest in next years awards now to ensure you don't miss out.