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VINCI Construction UK launches new Health & Safety strategy – THINK AGAIN

VCUK has introduced a refreshed approach to improving health & safety which recognises the significant role that behaviour has on influencing the performance of the organisation.

THINK AGAIN will focus on how behaviour and choice can help to drive positive outcomes making our workplaces safer and healthier places for our people, contractors and clients.

The core of the programme will be reflected in a framework of six essential behaviours that everyone in the business will adopt to help ensure that excellent culture leads to excellence in performance.

Gary Carvell, Health, Safety, Quality & Environment Director said:

“Human behaviour is a complex thing, we know that, and understanding why people choose to work unsafely is fundamental to understanding how those choices can be influenced. However, unlike some behavioural programmes, we don’t just focus on the person who’s been injured and what they did or didn’t do.

“We recognise the importance of interdependence, within teams and most importantly, up and down the ‘management line’. That’s why there are also six essential behaviours for Managers & Supervisors and a further six for the senior leadership team.”

The THINK AGAIN programme will make it clear to everyone the behaviours expected of them, and the behaviours they can expect from others as part of a fair and accountable culture.

Gary Carvell continued,

“VINCI Construction’s record on Health & Safety is good – there is a consistent downward trend in most of our measures. But we refuse to allow our confidence to trick us into being comfortable and we want to be better. Our goal is to reduce injuries and ill health at work as far as we possibly can. That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to think again.”

VINCI Facilities win DfE FM contract

VINCI Facilities has been awarded a four-year facilities management contract by the Department for Education (DfE). The contract will be administered by LocatED, the government-owned property company, responsible for buying and developing sites in England for the DfE free schools programme.

The VINCI Facilities team will deliver security, repairs and maintenance and compliance services to DfE-owned sites that have been acquired for free schools, during the holding period prior to development starting and schools opening.

VINCI won a competitive tender via the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) framework and will mobilise mid-2019. VINCI Facilities aims to maximise its digital systems and make efficiencies during the mobilisation phase and then going live will implement its integrated supply chain delivery model with a dedicated management team.

Tony Raikes, Managing Director, VINCI Facilities said:

“We have a strong reputation in education and commercial spaces and this new work with LocatED and the DfE allows us to showcase both skill-sets. It’s an exciting opportunity and we are very much looking forward to mobilising promptly and effectively.”

VINCI Facilities confirms £20m contract with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

VINCI Facilities has won a new four-year contract with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver external improvement works across its social housing estates starting in January.

Delivered by VINCI Facilities Building Solutions Midlands team the work will include upgrading doors, windows, roofs and security for Sandwell’s social housing stock in the southern half of the borough - Oldbury, Rowley Regis and Smethwick - and builds on a successful 14-year relationship with the council.

The team’s experience and understanding of tenant’s requirements is important as a key aspect to the contract is the partnership with the council’s own team, working to tight budgets and establishing a planned and cyclical maintenance schedule.

VINCI Facilities Building Solutions team already appreciate that many residents face the dilemma of fuel poverty, spending a significant amount of money paying fuel bills. Therefore, as the team assess the properties and deal with the tenants, they will make recommendations about improving the energy efficiency of properties over and above any external works.

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Sandwell’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This latest phase of investment in our council homes will see thousands of tenants benefiting from these external improvements which also include replacing all wooden front and rear doors with composite doors providing better insulation and improved security.

“This scheme is part of the council’s £485 million ten-year Housing Investment Programme which focuses on improving the council’s existing housing stock as well as building new council homes.”

Tony Raikes, managing director of VINCI Facilities said,

“Social housing is major part of our Building Solutions operation and it is great to be able to continue our long relationship with Sandwell MBC. Alongside the council we are working with Guinness Partnerships, Peabody and Camden Borough Council as well as delivering improvements for a range of other councils and social housing providers. Across all this work we are very keen to not just meet the contract obligations but go further and add value to local communities and really make a difference to residents. That’s why we are excited about applying our digital solutions.”

Pickfords and VINCI Facilities win Partnership in Relocation PFM Award

Pickfords and VINCI Facilities win Partnership in Relocation PFM Award

Pickfords Business Solutions and VINCI Facilities, the construction and facilities management experts, were awarded ‘Best Partnership in Relocation’ at the PFM Awards 2018.

The awards, created by PFM Magazine recognize companies and suppliers that forge effective partnerships within the Facilities Management industry.  The awards were held at a glittering black tie event at The Brewery in London and this category award was presented by the BAR’s Commercial Moving Group chairman Nigel Shaw.

The teams from Pickfords Business Solutions and VINCI Facilities were delighted to receive the award, which is a reflection of the long standing partnership forged between both companies.  The award followed a year when VINCI Facilities and Pickfords relocated Convent Garden’s flower and vegetable markets, collaborated to find a national, multi-site digital asset verification solution and helped clients achieve their sustainability goals through Pickfords’ furniture recycling and reuse service.

Head of Business Solutions Martin Budd said “We are delighted to have won this award with VINCI Facilities.  I want to congratulate teams from both companies.  The award is a reflection of the strength of our long term partnership and the collaborative working which has provided ongoing benefits to VINCI Facilities clients in the last year.”

Head of Asset Management at VINCI Facilities , Duncan Hartley said “This award highlights the strength in depth and integration of the supply chain partnership between the VINCI Facilities and Pickford's businesses. Very well done to both teams! I am very proud to be a part of it, in promoting the VINCI Facilities and Pickford’s brands within the FM Industry.”

Welsh Government awards £38M FM deal to VINCI Facilities

VINCI Facilities has won a new five-year contract with the Welsh Government’s department of Economy and Infrastructure to provide total facilities management and affiliated services across its property portfolio.

Secured via the National Procurement Service for Wales, the VINCI Facilities team will be delivering FM solutions covering a diverse range of buildings and facilities throughout Wales. With around 100 people transferring to VINCI Facilities, it will put together dynamic teams strategically located across Wales.

The team will be retained locally with opportunities for apprenticeships together with creating many business opportunities for Wales based SMEs as part of the supply chain; this new relationship will bring many benefits for and within Wales.

The nature of the work and its scale – there are around 1,200 properties – means there is focus on the effective use of CAFM and data management that supports the correct allocation of resources deployed throughout the contract.

Tony Raikes, managing director said,

“This builds on our track record with the Welsh Government and confirms our ability to deliver consistent services right across Wales. It is exciting because with so many different services and such a variety of facilities the contract pushes the boundaries of FM, something that our team really appreciates and was recognised during the tender process.”

VINCI Facilities confirms nationwide FM contract with Shell UK Retail

VINCI Facilities confirms nationwide FM contract with Shell UK Retail

VINCI Facilities has confirmed it has been awarded a contract with Shell UK Retail to provide FM services across its nationwide portfolio of company owned retail sites.

VINCI Facilities will become one of Shell’s principle hard FM service providers operating across its UK retail forecourts. The two companies formed a strong understanding of each other’s values and business objectives which allowed VINCI to create a tailored operating solution to align with Shell’s 2025 retail business ambitions. 

VINCI Facilities’ team will embed the latest FM technology, digitising many aspects of the operation to deliver a best in class service that is fast, efficient and focused on quality and information visibility.

One of the goals for VINCI Facilities will be change the emphasis to preventative maintenance, improving efficiency and bringing significant savings to the Shell maintenance budget and improving the overall experience of anyone visiting a Shell fuel station.

Key to the performance measurement will be proactive data analysis and reporting processes.

Paul Cottam, director of VINCI Facilities said,

“Obviously it is a great testimony for us to be working with Shell, but it is also an exciting challenge as well. We will deploy what we believe are the most innovative ideas to speed up response rates for our mobile teams and provide complete compliance assurance to Shell when we are on site anywhere in the UK.”

Jennie Lane, UK Retail Network Delivery Manager said

 “We are delighted to be appointing VINCI Facilities as our Facilities Management partner, having been particularly impressed with their strengths in innovative maintenance solutions. We very much look forward to working with VINCI Facilities and its wider

£207K funding for local charities awarded to help tackle social exclusion

VINCI businesses across the UK will collaborate with local charities to help people suffering from social exclusion by fostering community integration and strengthening social cohesion.

As well as providing £207,000 in grants, employees of VINCI businesses will dedicate some of their time to support vital charities in their local areas.

The VINCI UK Foundation, funded by VINCI businesses across the UK, supports groups and charities, which work to tackle social exclusion, foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing. The foundation launched in early 2016, with the aim of supporting good causes and providing skilled volunteers.

Grants awarded help charities to purchase or upgrade much needed resources such as tools, equipment or transport and refurbish their facilities, which in turn improves the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society. The grants will also support charities to provide a range of employment training and skills development opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities in catering, hospitality and conference centre management.

Ruth Ottley, Head Coordinator of the VINCI UK Foundation, said: “I’m happy to announce that this year the VINCI UK Foundation will provide much needed grants and support to a number of local charities. These charities were chosen because of their outstanding work to improve the lives of communities across the UK. I’m very pleased that in addition to our financial support, employees from across VINCI’s businesses will also dedicate their time to support these local charities, in their efforts to alleviate social exclusion.”

For a third year, the Foundation will make a real difference to the lives of the most excluded in society and help to strengthen communities across the UK.

Projects receiving support include:

  • St George’s Knights Powerchair FC – Staffordshire-based charity will receive £9,000 for the purchase of two powerchairs to enable people with physical disabilities to participate in powerchair football; project sponsors from VINCI will help the organisation with budgeting and reporting financial information.
  • The Cathie Stankevitch Foundation – Cheshire-based charity which delivers community projects and initiatives to alleviate the disadvantages and remove the barriers for social inclusion – received a minibus worth £17,490; the VINCI project sponsor will help the charity to deliver on their educational based project.
  • People First Independent Advocacy (PFIA) – a not-for-profit independent advocacy organisation based in Cumbria will receive £10,000 to help build and fit a ‘Hospitality Staff Breakaway Room’; project sponsors from VINCI will provide project management assistance to PFIA.
  • Ty Hafan Hospice – Wales-based charity helping life-limited children and their families enjoy the best quality of life possible and make the best of the precious time they have together-  will receive £10,000 towards the installation of LED lights and adaptations to their Memorial Garden. VINCI Sponsors will bring their project management skills to support these projects
  • KidsOut – Bedfordshire-based children’s charity working to bring happiness to vulnerable and disadvantaged children awarded £12,000 toward the purchase of a second hand minivan; project sponsors from VINCI will help the charity with their telecommunication.
  • Pimlico Opera – A charity that aims to use music and drama to advance personal development is running a yearly theatrical production project based in a prison. The charity will receive £5,000 to cover the costs of seating, security and to help build the theatre set; project sponsors from VINCI will assist with building the set and offer skills training and mentoring to the project participants.

Through the Foundation, all VINCI’s employees, from apprentices to senior management, can use their experience and skills to benefit their local communities.

Businesses supporting the Foundation include VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, Freyssinet, VINCI Concessions and Nuvia.

More details can be found at:

VINCI Facilities confirms London Overground FM deal with Arriva Rail London

VINCI Facilities has confirmed it has secured an initial 12-month contract with Arriva Rail London (ARL) to deliver FM services across the London Overground network.

The VINCI Facilities team began mobilising in late April and the works went live 13-days later in early May. The contract includes cleaning, fault-rectification and planned maintenance activities, and it continues from where Carillion, the previous supplier, left off following its liquidation. 119 people who worked with Carillion and its liquidator have begun working with VINCI Facilities. The scope of the TFM package covers 81 stations across the London Overground network and includes possession management and trackside FM delivery works and is worth £7.5M.

The new work with ARL builds on VINCI Facilities’ track record in rail and a clear demonstration of trackside abilities. This was further confirmed during the 13-days of mobilisation and the discussions around the works during which the VINCI Facilities team formed strong partnerships, emphasising the need for collaboration and flexibility.

Tony Raikes, managing director of VINCI Facilities said, “One of the most rewarding things about this contract with Arriva Rail London is our teams’ ability to help the client and step in to maintain FM services after the demise of Carillion. It is an exciting project, our first on over ground network, building on our successes with TfL. We’re looking forward to taking the project beyond the initial 12-months.”

Will Rogers, Arriva Rail London managing director, said, “The transition to VINCI Facilities was seamless and this is testament to the collaboration between our teams. Right across the board, at every level, everyone has done a sterling job.

"People are at the heart of what we do at Arriva Rail London and our team have continued to deliver through uncertainty. We’re looking forward to working with VINCI Facilities and continuing to deliver a great train service for Londoners.”

VINCI Facilities seals £150m of sales including Debenhams

VINCI Facilities has confirmed that its recent deal over a three-year term with DEBENHAMS means it has secured over £150m of facilities services business.

This includes the ground breaking contract with the Five Councils (Hart District Council and Havant Borough Council, Mendip District Council, South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils) announced in February as well as extending relationships with the Welsh Government, Canals & River Trust and the Royal Parks and new contracts with the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

The agreement with DEBENHAMS confirms VINCI Facilities as a leading FM player on the high street. The Debenhams team were impressed by the record of VINCI with other retailers, such as Dixons Car Phone Warehouse, and its ability to provide accurate, timely management information via its bespoke CAFM system. 

This is the first time Debenhams has put all of its fabric, HVAC, lift and escalators, lighting and electrical services within a single contract arrangement and under the terms agreed VINCI will be providing planned and reactive maintenance services to some 180 locations nationwide including stores in the Republic of Ireland.

Away from the High Street, VINCI Facilities is continuing to build on its reputation for consistent delivery of FM services in some challenging and different end user environments right across the UK. These range from public buildings for the Welsh Government, administrative spaces for the ONS as well as scientific laboratories and ccommodation facilities for the STFC.

The Welsh Government has extended its agreement with VINCI Facilities via its National Procurement Service and the work is worth in the region of £28m over four years. VINCI Facilities was also recently appointed to continue its successful £40m relationship with the Royal Parks – a deal that covers all of the main London parks including Hyde Park and St. James’.

Tony Raikes, managing director of VINCI Facilities said:

“The business is making great progress this year and much of our success is down to the good relationships our teams establish with our clients, their respective FM consultants and the consistent and often innovative approach to customer service of all of our people. Contract awards with clients like DEBENHAMS are special because they demonstrate that an open collaborative partnership, strong technical knowledge, and a culture of service that delivers great results. Then, renewing high profile work with the Royal Parks, Canals & River Trust and the Welsh Government shows we are at the top of our game in what are very challenging environments.”

Simon Dales, director of store operations for DEBENHAMS says: “Entering into a one stop all-inclusive contract with VINCI Facilities is an important move and will deliver overall efficiencies in management and operating costs while, at the same time enhance the store environment and experience for our customers and colleagues. We look forward to working closely with VINCI Facilities during the contract term.”

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VINCI Facilities
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