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VIDEO | How to create sustainable social value

Rather than a box-ticking exercise, this Morgan Sindall Construction-hosted roundtable focussed on how to ensure social value delivers long-lasting local impact.

Held during UKREiiF, the roundtable discussion brought together developers, contractors, project managers, and the public sector to debate best practice for social value and to brainstorm ways to make it more effective.

You can hear our panellists main takeaways from the conversation in the video at the top of this article.

Participants:

  • Ben Anderson, senior sustainability manager for social impact at Landsec
  • Kate Bull, director of economic strategy, skills, and sustainability at Liverpool City Council
  • Joel Colthart, senior project manager at Socius
  • Michael Crook, head of strategic procurement at STAR Procurement
  • Rob Green, head of enterprise zone for Blackpool Council
  • Mona Hassan, assistant quantity surveyor at Gleeds
  • Jenny Martin, preconstruction manager at Morgan Sindall Construction
  • Jason McEwen, portfolio and programme management director at Government Property Agency
  • Gill Roberts, senior social value manager at Morgan Sindall Construction
  • Stuart Rogers, director of project management for the North West at Muse
  • Neil Walmsley, UK and Europe regional director of urban solutions at HATCH
  • Chaired by Julia Hatmaker, editor of Place North West

Key talking points

When it comes to delivering sustainable value, you cannot act in a silo. Collaboration is key, the panellists agreed. This includes engaging with the local community, local authorities, and the entire project team.

The group also agreed that the industry needs to move away from a generic list of social value activities to one that is grounded in local needs. This goes back to the engagement point from before – find out what local authorities need, then see how you can help. As one panellist put it: “Don’t impose solutions, ask what’s needed”.

Coming up with that personalised list of needs will help a social value delivery strategy have a clear objective and vision. There also needs to be a post-completion strategy in place as well, so that the delivery of social value – and the measurement of its impact – does not just end when the last brick has been laid.

The panel also discussed potential carrots and sticks for social value delivery, such as providing land value discounts if social value measures are met.

For more from this roundtable discussion, you can simply watch the video at the top of this article or on the Place North West YouTube channel.  Learn more about Morgan Sindall Construction at morgansindallconstruction.com.

Morgan Sindall . MS Construction RGB

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