Urban Vision scoops LGC Award

20 March 2008

Urban Vision, Capita Symonds’ joint venture in Salford, has picked up a major prize at the illustrious Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards this week.

The joint venture, in partnership with Salford City Council, won the Public / Private Partnership of the Year category at the glittering annual ceremony - seen as the most prestigious awards event in local government.

The award recognised the work of the Salford Construction Partnership (SCP) which was created in 2004 by Salford City Council and Urban Vision to help develop local business and employment opportunities within the construction industry.

Since it was established, the SCP has been a resounding success - placing almost 700 unemployed Salford residents into sustainable construction jobs across the city, with a further 288 local people being placed on construction apprenticeships.

SCP also champions the introduction of modern construction procurement and supply chain management techniques into public sector construction projects. Urban Vision is involved in the selection process of construction companies participating in the partnership, sitting on the executive board and providing strategic direction and performance monitoring. 

Paul Mallinder, Director, at Urban Vision said: "The SCP is transforming the lives of Salford residents and their families - plugging industry skills gaps and saving almost £8 million per year in government benefit payments alone. It is fundamental in creating sustainable communities and winning this prestigious and nationally recognised award is fantastic for all those who have worked with, and benefited from, SCP’s work."