Southwark Council own and manage over 55,000 properties in the Borough and are London's biggest public property owners. Southwark spend £18-20 Million per annum on electrical works. The partnership between Southwark and NICEIC was formed in 2009 and designed to ensure that Southwark tenants receive the highest possible standard of electrical installation and repair from contractors (Morrisons and SBS).
Southwark Council wanted to achieve the highest possible standards for safety and quality from their contractors. To control risk they wanted confidence that legal and regulatory requirements were being met and verification that funds were being used effectively.
There were three elements to the solution:
NICEIC helped Southwark engineering services draw up new electrical specifications for all future investment projects. This brought about significant savings for Southwark whilst not compromising on the high standard of works.
NICEIC conducted 24 quality benchmarking visits per year where NICEIC Engineers independently assess the quality of work carried out by contractors and sub-contractors employed by Southwark.
Independent assessments were carried out by NICEIC to formally measure an individual's competency in certifying completed electrical work.
"Working with NICEIC on technical specifications in 2009 saved Southwark Council and its council tax payers £50,000 per month. The relationship with NICEIC has saved more than £700,000 in 2009.
Aside from the huge savings and increased safety, Southwark and NICEIC have also reduced the number of emergency call outs for council staff and reduced a lot of unnecessary work.
Bringing NICEIC into our projects has helped address quality issues. In addition, the savings made, resulting from closer technical liaison with NICEIC, have dwarfed the original cost of the partnership."
Chris Baxter, Head of Engineering Services. Southwark Council, 2009