The Way to Supporting Communities

SLEVA 2020 : 54.29%

Award winning social value

We recently won the CECA NW award for Social Value at our Princess Road scheme in Manchester. Through the delivery of five schemes in Manchester (Princess Road, Chorlton 1a/1b, A6 Stockport Road, Great Ancoats Street), we developed partnerships with numerous local organisations to secure positive social outcomes for the city. This included the £9.1m Princess Road project, which transformed a dangerous city-centre junction.

The transformation included two new link roads, widened slip-roads, improved crossings, segregated walkways/cycle paths and removal of a 1960’s subway, frequently occupied by rough-sleepers.

We engaged the services of two locally-based public liaison officers who worked with the local authority, local schools and charities. You can read the full story here


Improving the value we add to local communities

Colas has partnered with the Social Value Portal and is rolling out the use of their measurement tool as we align with the National Themes, Outcomes and Measures (TOMs) framework.

Adopted by more than 60 public sector authorities, including many of our clients, the National TOMs is the most popular and widely used Social Value measurement framework in the UK. Working closely with the Social Value Portal we have successfully used the TOMs framework to quantify the social value impacts on a number of our projects in 2020. This effective pilot programme enabled us to use the data from these projects to baseline our performance, which has informed our overall social value strategy development, set stretching targets for 2021, and launch the portal throughout the business.

Flood alleviation scheme created community space

The award winning Anlaby and East Ella Flood Alleviation Scheme (AEEFAS) was developed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with Hull City Council and the Environment Agency as part of a suite of schemes that will reduce flood risk in the Hull and Haltemprice areas that suffered devastating floods that affected hundreds of homes and businesses in 2007.

With the lagoon categorised as a reservoir, the design and construction was subject to the review and approval of a client-appointed Reservoir Panel Engineer. All elements were built to a strict specification and assurance regime.

The 90,000m2 lagoon bed had sports pitch drainage incorporated into the design and construction, so the majority of the time it can be used by the local community for sports.