MODUS EXHIBITING AT THE SOUTH EAST CONSTRUCTION EXPO

We’re excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the South East Construction Expo #ConstructExpo on 21st October. This is the first time we’ll be exhibiting at the show at the South of England Event Centre and can’t wait to see some familiar faces, as well as meeting new clients!

Not only will there be over 100 exhibitors and 2000 delegates, there will be a number of guest speakers, a networking breakfast, a women in construction networking lunch, a gala dinner and more!

If you’re in the construction sector, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you there.


MODUS SHORTLISTED FOR KEiBA EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR 2021

We’re excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for Employer of the Year in the 2021 KEiBA awards! Entries were judged on a number of factors, including:

  • Staff motivation and engagement
  • Differentiation to other employers
  • Effective communication between managers and staff
  • Successful work/life balance for your staff
  • Trends in business turnover and profit levels
  • Business objectives for the next three years
  • Staff development initiatives/schemes
  • Initiatives that have contributed to performance

To be recognised for our investment in our staff is a real achievement. Fingers crossed for our interview next week with sponsor of the award, David Ward, Managing Director of David Ward Associates 🤞


Hope for Tomorrow Charity Clothes Collection

It’s the summer holidays and the perfect time for a clothing de-clutter!
 
Throughout August 2021, Modus will be partnering with Hope for Tomorrow collecting clothes to raise money for their new East Kent Mobile Cancer Care Unit (pictured below). A brand new unit costs £270,000 and has a 10 year life span. 
 
To run a unit for just one day costs £198 and is able to provide treatment for 20 people. Hope for Tomorrow receive £250 for every tonne of clothes they collect, meaning every bag counts towards their £7,000 a year maintenance cost.
 
The charity’s Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCUs) help patients to fit their treatment in to their lives, not the other way round. Aligning with Modus’ current healthcare and NHS construction projects, the charity works closely with NHS Trusts across the country, bringing their fleet of MCCUs into the heart of the community.
 
 
We’ll be opening up our offices to the public on Mondays and Fridays, 8am – 5.30pm throughout August to drop off sacks of unwanted clothes.
 
For specific requirements on what the charity can accept, please visit https://hopefortomorrow.org.uk/clothes-recycling/ and pop us a message to say you’re dropping by!

Covid-19 & SMEs – opportunity rather than crisis?

As a finalist in the SME of the Year category at the 2021 SECBE Awards, our Director, Michael Hoggart, was invited to be a speaker on the summit discussion panel, ‘SME – industry disrupter?’. Along with other finalists in the category, this was an opportunity to discuss SMEs and their impact within the construction industry. Has Covid been an enabler, rather than a crisis for these companies? Did we need this disruption to create a better industry?

The panel was led by Malcolm Clarke, Managing Director at Baxall Construction, who were also sponsors of the award.

A main point of discussion was around the recently released government initiative, the Construction Playbook and whether it’s likely this will have a real impact within the industry.

In summary, the initiative outlines ways the government will work with the construction sector to kick-start the economy as the country comes out of the pandemic. Endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council, the playbook looks into how public sector procurement can be standardised and is supported by a set of 14 principles, addressing the need for a best practice tendering process.

Will this help SMEs in the long-term? Yes (theoretically!). It means SMEs will be able to better prepare for procurement opportunities and know what is expected of them. It will also prepare them for any investment they may need to make to remain competitive against larger companies. Commercial pipelines looking 3 to 5 years ahead will also help SMEs to prepare for upcoming project opportunities.

Digitisation from SMEs has also played a huge factor over the last year, enabling them to be a disrupter within the industry. Thanks to the pandemic, SMEs have been forced to adopt digital technology faster than they maybe would have, without having to deal with Covid-19. SMEs are now able to rival larger firms with their access to and implementation of new technology. A mix of online and face-to-face meetings have allowed SMEs to retain their personal touch and tailored approach to projects yet become more time efficient through less travel to sites. Larger companies seem to have been doing things the same way for a while now, and this is the chance for SMEs to come in and change the industry for the better.

Relationships between clients and suppliers, not just in construction but all industries, are changing from transactional to a collaborative approach. A need for all stakeholders to be involved right from design and inception has become apparent and trust needs to be placed into suppliers, as the experts, by their clients. Too many times we have seen an emphasis on going with the lowest cost price from a tender, rather than quality. Clients need to adopt an ‘Outcome-based approach’, one of the 14 principles of the Construction Playbook, where they only focus on the outcome and allow suppliers to take the lead on processes and methods. It is suggested that this will be supported by ‘Should-Cost Models’ and benchmarking. Although many buyers are specifically looking for SMEs to tender for projects, many of the awards still go to large, multi-disciplinary consultancies. Perhaps the Construction Playbook could finally change this.

Similarly, as emphasis shifts from choosing the ‘cheapest option’ to the ‘most sustainable option’, which is often not the cheapest, SMEs have their chance to demonstrate their own CSR policies and how they make a real difference within the local community. Influence should be coming from local level, with suppliers being given more authority to make informed decisions regarding projects. At the end of the day, the suppliers are the professionals and should be respected as knowledgeable experts.

As Construction Consultants, we have considerable control over what materials are used and how sustainable a project can be. We have the knowledge and experience to suggest more sustainable construction methods and materials, ultimately ensuring projects can be executed sustainably, within budget and on-time. Modus have successfully incorporated sustainable practices and considered environmental impact on many of our projects and will continue to deliver and improve upon these professional services for both our public and private sector clients.

You can watch all 10 panel discussions at Constructing Excellence Awards | 2021 Summit (ce-awards.co.uk).


Project Update: Modular ITU Ward, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford

Huge progress has been made over the last month on our modular ITU Ward project at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent. We are acting as Quantity Surveyor for our client, 2gether Support Solutions. Read More


MODUS SHORTLISTED FOR CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR 2021

Modus have been shortlisted for Construction Consultancy of the Year in the 2021 Construction News Awards! The awards celebrate the people, pride and passion of the construction industry. Our entry outlined company performance during 2020, and evidenced our customer satisfaction, growth and quality of work. Also included was our response to how Covid-19 impacted our organisation over the last year.

Following our shortlisting, we will present to a judging panel in July. The final awards ceremony will be held in September at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Well done to all other companies shortlisted! You can see the full shortlist here.


MODUS APPROVED ON MEDWAY NHS FRAMEWORK

Modus are proud to announce that we have been approved as a supplier on the Medway NHS Foundation Trust Framework for Project Management and Quantity Surveying. The framework will cover projects in the Medway Maritime Hospital, as and when required. The framework will run for 1 year, with a possible 1 year extension. We look forward to working with the trust on their future improvement projects.


VOTE FOR US IN THE ‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD’

Although the fate of our ‘SME of the Year’ entry lies in the hands of the Judges at the South East Constructing Excellence Awards, the ‘People’s Choice’ Award is totally down to public vote. People are at the heart of our business, and that doesn’t just mean our valued clients, but also our dedicated employees.

You can see our full entry here for ‘SME of the Year’. We’d be honoured to receive your vote. All you need to do is scroll to the bottom of the entry page and click ‘Vote’!

Thank you,

Team Modus


MODUS AWARDED SUPPLIER STATUS ONTO NHS FRAMEWORK

Following a thorough tender process, Modus has been accepted as a supplier onto the NHS London Procurement Partnership under the Estates and Facilities Consultancy Services DPS for Quantity Surveying and Cost Consultancy Services. The initial DPS will last 5 years, with the possibility of further extension. With every penny spent by public sector bodies being scrutinised, the DPS ensures Contracting Authorities have access to suitably qualified and experienced suppliers to provide specific categories of work.

Hosted by Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), the LPP currently works in collaboration with 52 named NHS Trusts and community providers, 30 Clinical Commissioning Group clusters, Community Health Partnerships and a number of non-NHS organisations. Modus will be offering services to the Greater London and South East areas under the framework.

We look forward to providing the partnership with our Cost Consultancy Services, increasing not only efficiency but also trust and reliability from SMEs into the public sector.


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