Skanska Construction has increased its portfolio of leading trade partners by signing new agreements with plant supply specialists Ashstead and Delta Tower Cranes.
The three-year agreement with Ashstead is worth in the region of £1 million a year. It includes the supply of mechanical equipment such as fork-lift trucks, rollers and mini excavators as well as general tools including ladders and trestles.
The deal with Delta Tower Cranes - annually worth in excess of £1 million - follows the successful agreement already in place for mobile cranage with its parent company, Baldwins.
Skanska Construction also has agreements covering the supply of concrete; site fencing, hoardings and barricades; and safety equipment and clothing. The latest signings bring the total value of products and services covered by the company’s supply chain initiative to more than £5 million a year.
All of the trading deals have been drawn up to benefit both Skanska Construction and its suppliers by providing keen pricing, enhanced services and security of supplies while reducing costly, repetitive paperwork. They follow the development of a network of purchasing experts throughout the company, each with specialist market knowledge.
The Ashstead agreement was signed at Skanska Construction’s £70 million, 800-place PFI prison in East Staffordshire which is due for completion next year.
Procurement manager for the company’s UK Building division, Alan Flood, said: “This type of procurement method will vastly enhance our collaborative style of working. Our network of market-specific purchasing experts is being further developed and discussions are well under way with key suppliers for yet more trading agreements.”