OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with integrity, putting the client at the heart of everything we do. This ensures customer satisfaction and reinforces our excellent reputation for quality. This in turn ultimately fuels long term client relationships.
As a construction company, we are aware of the impact that our industry has on the environment from design to the actual build process. In order to mitigate this, we employ processes and policies that are strictly adhered to. Policies such as our Environmental and Quality Policy and Environmental Management Plans encourage good environmental practices that become ingrained within our organisation.
We are proud that we target and currently maintain 99.4% of our consumptive waste on site from landfill.
We have a proven capability in delivering design and construction projects using BIM. We have successfully utilised it on past projects such as Oratory School, Headmasters House, Wishbone Way Social Housing, Woking and we are currently using it on the Grovelands Avenue project, part of Wokingham Housing Framework.
BIM facilitates the collaborative development of design information – to address buildability, risk and avoiding critical issues during construction. It also provides valuable assist information for the client to use during the lifespan of the building.
Testing and selection options in the ‘virtual environment’ will help remove construction risk, thereby avoiding unnecessary cost and programme escalation.
Finally, 3D visualisation and animation (enabled by BIM) will support stakeholder engagement and improve communication regarding the design as it develops.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
“Movement aimed at encouraging companies to be more aware of the impact of their business on the rest of society, including their own stakeholders and the environment.” FT.com lexicon
No matter the size of the organisation, it is of great importance to have an awareness of our influence on our employees and within society. At Francis Construction, as a family owned medium sized construction company, part of our strategy is to invest within our sphere of work.
Examples of this include our apprenticeship schemes and community engagement plans that we implement on every project. At Grazeley Primary School we sponsored their school team’s football kit and also various events they held. At other projects we offer site tours; at St Crispin’s School, our senior site manager gave a talk to their BTEC Engineering students. Other examples include our New Town Road residential project.
We have excellent relationships with the CITB, CoTrain (which we assisted in setting up and our Chairman, Mark Barrett, is a trustee of), Reading College, East Bracknell College, University of Reading and Newbury College to name a few. We meet with them on a regular basis discussing apprentice schemes, training and employment programmes and will recruit from these sources. We also have worked with students at South Downs College, Waterlooville.
Other ways in which we support the community is by sponsoring the Apprenticeship Awards at Reading College. Will Barrett, also chairs Construction Excellence, Berkshire. Francis Construction is also involved with East Bracknell College, Newbury College and Reading College. Members of staff give talks to students regarding the construction industry and give work experience/sponsor NVQs from these colleges as well. We are on the University of Reading Framework where we have worked on projects such as Reading University Student Union building. Through our ongoing relationship, we have a high level of involvement e.g. sponsoring awards, giving specialist talks to students.
Fundraising for our chosen charity is also part of our CSR strategy. Recently we began supporting Thames Valley Air Ambulance and raised over £1000.00 during our Christmas festivities. Previous causes we have supported include the Alexander Devine Hospice.
Supply Chain members are selected through a strict vetting process whereby a subcontractor is assessed upon their adherence to our own standards of:
- Quality Assurance
- Health and Safety
- Financial Stability
- Environmental Management
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Attitudes (Respect for People on Site etc)
- Delivery of Service
- Programme (organisation on site to minimise disruption)
Subcontractors are assessed initially upon their request to join our approved list of partners and thereafter each contract. They are also interviewed again for substantial packages of work prior to employment and are required to confirm their compliance to our standards.
We ensure that our supply chain has the relevant experience and skills required to undertake the works by taking up references and certifying that they are fully compliant with the terms and conditions of the Contract.
As well as continuous monitoring throughout the duration of the project, subcontractor performance is then benchmarked after completion and the results shared. This is a reciprocal process in which Francis Construction also welcome any comments from a supplier that may aid our own improvement in the future. This therefore establishes and maintains quality.
We find that adopting a ‘partnered’ approach with our supply chain is conducive to best practice principals of openness and continuous improvement. By establishing long-term partnering agreements we are better equipped to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each other, and subsequently to improve on these. It is in this way that we are able to remember the lessons learnt on each contract.
For more information on becoming part of our supply chain then please get in touch.