Argyll and Bute Council’s Road’s and Amenities team, in partnership with Breedon Aggregates Scotland Limited, have been short listed in the finals of the COSLA Excellence Awards under the Achieving Better Outcomes category.
The award recognises either a single procurement activity or series of procurement initiatives within Scotland that have demonstrated an unwavering focus on outcomes for those who use public services.
The roads team in their quest for innovation and achieving better outcomes proposed the issue of a tender to award a single contract for all machine patching, surface dressing, resurfacing and overlay works on the islands of Mull, Coll, Tiree, Colonsay, Islay and Jura, as well as the mainland area of Kintyre. The procurement team worked with their roads colleagues to design and deliver this innovative contract. It was created to make efficiencies and savings through maximising the use of both council and contractor resources and sharing risk and rewards.
Councillor Duncan MacIntyre, Argyll and Bute Council’s spokesperson for Transport and Infrastructure said: “This is a ground-breaking initiative which is generating very real benefits both for the council and for the communities covered by the contract. In remote, rural and island communities, there are significant benefits to the joint use of resources and planning of activities through regular communication, and that’s what is happening here. This project has not only led to obvious efficiencies, but also to improved standards and confidence. This has become increasingly apparent – particularly with our customers, the general public – who have been extremely positive about the initiative and the changes they have noticed.”
The team will make their presentation on 31 January 2012 at the COSLA offices in Edinburgh. The awards ceremony will take place on the 16 February in the Fairmont Hotel in St. Andrews.