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Looking to respond to the unprecedented challenges the public services across the UK are facing, Saint-Gobain has sponsored a paper that supports the notion of genuine partnership to drive efficiencies in UK public services.

The paper, titled Building Material Success, builds a case for the benefits of collaboration in building materials supply and distribution for public services and the positive impact it has on both service and asset management.

Based on independent research conducted by Arneil Johnston Limited and Community Models Limited, the paper is aimed primarily at property, procurement and finance managers in the local government and local housing sectors, the report focuses mostly on responsive repairs, maintenance and planned improvement activity.  Many of its messages will be relevant for new build construction, which means the report will equally appeal to service providers involved in the construction and maintenance, as well as advisers working with public service organisations.

Set to provide an independent and authoritative view of developments in the sector and an understanding of where key opportunities may lie, the report argues that success in building materials management will make a significant difference in terms of both impact and efficiency, delivering measurable benefits to commissioners and customers alike.

These benefits range from improving the affordability of capital build projects and planned maintenance programmes – allowing commissioners to deliver more for the same or the same for less – to reducing reactive maintenance costs through reduced overheads, improved logistics, better supply chain management, less time spent on site and product innovation.

Looking to provide valuable tools to the different organisations involved in local government and social housing, “the paper suggests how councils and Registered Social Landlords can engage with materials providers to realise these benefits and support new ways of working in the commissioning organisations”, explains Stuart Mckill, Sustainable Habitat Leader for Saint-Gobain in Scotland.

“It also expands on how this approach has a positive impact on the organisations themselves, as well as supporting their built environment and wider community health and wellbeing ambitions - which is something we are committed to promote at Saint-Gobain”, adds Stuart.

The paper is available for consultation and download here.

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