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Kingspan Unveiled as sponsor for new BIMwm technology centre

Kingspan Industrial Insulation, a market leading manufacturer of premium performance pipe and duct insulation systems are the latest big-name firm to be unveiled as patrons of a special training suite to help West Midlands construction and manufacturing firms get to grips with advanced construction skills and emerging digital engineering technology.


The new BIM (building information modelling) technology centre which is located within the main campus at Sandwell College in Spon Lane, West Bromwich will coach essential skills to vocational and full-time engineering students. BIM is a universal means for sharing digital-engineered building designs and product data between clients and suppliers. Since April 2016, all public-sector capital-build projects must comply with BIM Level 2 legislation, so it is vital that the construction workforce and the next generation of engineers are confident and have the essential skills in using it.

To help SMEs adopt BIM and remain competitive in the construction and engineering sectors, Sandwell Council, working in partnership with Sandwell College and the University of Wolverhampton has opened the 16-workstation facility with support from Kingspan, one of the UK’s most successful pipe insulation manufacturers. The new West Bromwich facility has BIM embedded into the student curriculum features BIM viewing software, e-learning platforms and vocational training in CAD skills, 3D modelling, engineering design services, product design and BIM object creation. It is a unique partnership and a UK first between a college, university and a local authority.

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BIMwm framework success for Sandwell Council at West Midlands Construction Excellence Awards

For the 9th year, the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards were held on Friday night in Birmingham at the ICC to celebrate this years’ regional construction highlights.

CC 2016 Winner

We’re proud to tell you that Sandwell Council were recognised for its visionary work around Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the formation of the BIMwm framework. Sandwell and their framework delivery partners picked up the winners award in the Integration & Collaborative working category.

In addition, Sandwell were highly commended in the Innovation category with a joint entry with 3 other local authorities (Walsall, Dudley, & Wolverhampton City Council), the Black Country Councils teamed up to develop the ground-breaking OnTrack WM, a virtual rail procurement portal to showcase the regions talented rail supply chain.

This year’s awards were presented at a high profile dinner on Friday 13 May 2016. More than six hundred leaders and innovators from across the construction sector gathered at the ICC, Birmingham, to celebrate the very best industry projects.

Sandwell Council as winners of the regional awards, automatically move forward to represent the West Midlands at the high-profile national CE awards held in London later this year.

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) Awareness workshop with Offsite Management School

Becoming BIM ready

For suppliers who aspire to work and supply major public infrastructure projects such as rail, highways, schools and public health projects – BIM level 2 is no longer a nice to have but an essential skill set. West Midlands businesses are encouraged to attend a valuable FREE BIM workshop this summer to learn more …

On Monday 13th June, dozens of delegates from West Midlands businesses will converge on the Sandwell Business Solutions Centre, CAP Centre in Smethwick for ‘Building Information Modelling (BIM) awareness workshop.

The 1/2 day awareness session is being jointly organised by Sandwell Council and Offsite Management School. They want to champion BIM level 2 to the region’s supply chain and encourage them to adopt BIM so that they can win work on the £multi-million public projects set for the West Midlands including the £430m Midland Metropolitan hospital in Smethwick.

Offsite Management School to host valuable BIM event at Sandwell BIM Technologies & Skills Development Suite

Offsite Management School to host valuable BIM event at Sandwell BIM Technologies & Skills Development Suite

David Emery, director of architectural and design consultancy Virtechs – which specialises in BIM – will be facilitating the morning session offering practical advice for SMEs’.

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Skills development breakfast meeting: your roadmap to working with Carillion

Carillion, recently began work on the West Midlands biggest and newest landmark healthcare building, the £430m state-of-the-art Midland Metropolitan Hospital (MMH) in Smethwick, a £multi-million project for which Carillion and their top-tier contractors will need a quality pool of suppliers of materials, FM support and subcontract services.

Is your firm ready to supply one of the biggest names in UK Construction & FM services?

Over a complimentary cooked breakfast, you’ll get the opportunity to meet with the senior procurement leads & category managers from Carillon’s MMH team, you’ll hear about the works packages, designs, procurement and build timescales relating to the MMH and most importantly, you’ll learn about the supply chain opportunities that will be up for grabs soon and the essential skills (such as BIM) that they look for in prospective suppliers plus the approvals needed on the sub-contract works packages. Delegates will also get the first preview of the new Carillion endorsed Growth Spark APP, a FREE mobile & tablet-friendly online app to help improve your work-winning skills and a valuable SMART tool to demonstrate you’re a performance-driven supplier to potential new clients.

Work recently began on the 19 acre MMH site

Work recently began on the 19 acre MMH site

Attendees will get to see a first glimpse of the huge 80,000 sq. mtr MMH site from the newly opened MMH community platform, delegates will enjoy a panoramic view of the canal-side hospital site plus hear about the surrounding regeneration of Sandwell & West Birmingham.

Attending this workshop will allow you to:

  • Meet procurement / supply chain experts from leading contractor Carillion and learn what they look for from their top suppliers
  • Gain a valuable insight into business opportunities within Carillon’s supply chain
  • Hear about expert support for the WM construction sector including the launch of a FREE Growth Spark APP to improve your work-winning skills
  • Network over a complimentary cooked breakfast with like-minded construction professionals looking to develop their supply performance and improve their business credentials
  • Find out how to further raise your profile through the advertising and sponsorship opportunities available on the WMVH site.
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State-of-the-art BIM technology centre opened in Smethwick

On Friday 11 December, MP for West Bromwich East and deputy leader for the Labour Party, Tom Watson officially opened a special training suite to help West Midlands businesses get to grips with an emerging technology.

The BIM (Building Information Modelling) training suite is located at the Sandwell Business Solutions Centre, CAP Centre in Windmill Lane, Smethwick (adjacent to the new £430m Midland Metropolitan Hospital Development).

BIM is a universal means for sharing digital-engineered designs and data between clients and suppliers. From April 2016 all public-sector capital-build projects must comply with BIM Level 2, so it is vital that SMEs are confident in using it.

To help SMEs adopt BIM and remain competitive in the construction and engineering sectors, Sandwell Council has opened the 12-workstation facility with sponsorship support from local businesses including West Midlands headquartered construction giant Carillion; Metsec, one of the region’s most successful cold roll-forming firms; ICI AkzoNobel Paints, a global powder coatings manufacturer and; Ascom Wireless Solutions, the UK’s leading wireless communications provider.

The facility features BIM viewing software, online and social learning platforms, consultancy and affordable vocational training in CAD skills, 3D modelling, engineering design services, product design and BIM object creation. It is a first for a UK local authority.

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Sandwell Council wins FSB Award 2015 for small business friendliness

FSB Winner 2015For the second year running, Sandwell Council has won an award at the Federation of Small Businesses’ Staffordshire and West Midlands Local Authority ‘Small Business Friendly Awards’.

This year we were successful again in the ‘Best “Small Business Friendly” Procurement Campaign’ category thanks to our pioneering West Midlands Virtual Hospital and related work in helping our region’s businesses adopt building information technology (BIM). The award ceremony took place at the Eaton Hotel, Hagley Road, Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday 9 October 2015.

The West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH) is a digital-engineered 3D ‘walkthrough’ hospital with a BIM platform. It complements the development of a real-life hospital, the £430m Midland Metropolitan.

WMVH coaches SMEs in using BIM. Through it, they can present plans, designs, drawings, dimensional tolerances, product life¬cycle data and specifications using easy-to-configure 3D analysis.

WMVH also works as a procurement directory; an online showcase of West Midlands SMEs. Health sector professionals including commissioners, architects, medical engineers, buyers and estate managers can browse WMVH to view prospective suppliers and source materials, products and services.

You can view the WMVH website and sign up for free at

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Carillion to unveil project team at ‘Midland Metropolitan hospital supplier day’

West Midlands businesses will have the chance to meet with one the UK’s biggest providers of healthcare support and construction services at a huge free networking event next month.

On Thursday 8 October some of the region’s most successful construction suppliers will converge on the CAP Centre in Smethwick for ‘Meet the hospital bidders day with Carillion who were recently announced as the preferred bidder to design, construct and operate the new Midland Metropolitan hospital in Grove Lane, Smethwick’.

The morning networking event is being jointly hosted by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. Their aim is to show Carillion’s buyers, designers, engineers and project managers that the West Midlands supply chain is capable of providing every construction, medical, clinical science and built-environment products needed to construct and run a brand new hospital.

With development work for a £430m hospital – set to begin in spring 2016, the event provides the perfect opportunity for buyers and suppliers to meet, collaborate and share best practice.

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New Hospital Supply Day Set to Boost Business

On Thursday 8 October dozens of top local suppliers to the health sector will converge on Smethwick for a special supplier day with one of the UK’s largest hospital construction firms.

Local firms will get the chance to showcase their manufacturing prowess, engineering innovations, clinical and built-environment technologies to a prestigious group of health sector chiefs, procurement leads, architects and senior engineers from Black Country headquartered Carillion – the preferred bidder tasked with constructing the new £430m Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.

The event ‘Meet the Preferred BidMMH Pic 1der Day’ which is being co-hosted by Sandwell Council and Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust aims to forge stronger links between the region’s talented supply chain and Carillion’s key construction team involved in the new eight storey, 670 bed hospital development in Grove Lane.

Councillor Paul Moore, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, jobs and economy, said the timing was perfect. “Our region’s supply chain is a hotbed of talent and admired across the world. Collectively, our businesses are capable of providing every component and service required to design, build and maintain a 21st-century healthcare facility. ‘Meet the Preferred Bidder Day’ will provide an excellent opportunity for local businesses to show their supplier credentials to the very people who will soon be looking to procure healthcare-related products and services,” he said.

Councillor Moore continued “We are delighted to be co-hosting this event which will serve as a showcase for the very best that the local supply chain has to offer. I hope that as many of the region’s businesses as possible will sign up to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to win new business and build strong relationships with Carillion. This is their chance to demonstrate to the key players involved in Sandwell’s new hospital but who are also aligned to other healthcare projects across the UK and beyond.”

Some of the region’s biggest firms are already signed up to exhibit, including Sandwell based Metsec, Ash & Lacy, Briggs Amasco, Unistrut, Angle Ring, Caparo and Hadley Group.

Exhibitors are being offered a stand in the ‘marketplace’ area for just £100 + VAT. The organisers hope to facilitate plenty of networking and collaboration on the day. There will be one-to-one meetings between buyers and suppliers, speeches, design previews of the Midland Metropolitan hospital, BIM demonstration workshops and complimentary breakfast baps.

BIM Technology & Skills Development Suite

The morning event will include the unveiling of a state-of-the-art 12 workstation training suite kitted out with the latest building information modelling (BIM) software to broaden local firms engineering data, digital product design and 3D modelling skills. Visitors will also get the chance to view the latest additions to the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH) – Sandwell Council’s multi-award winning 3D walk-through hospital to showcase locally made materials, components and BIM object designs.

‘Meet the preferred bidder day with Carillion’ takes place on Thursday 8 October 2015 at the CAP Centre, Windmill Lane, Smethwick B66 3LX (adjacent to the Midland Metropolitan Hospital site) from 8:00am to 1pm. It is free to attend as a delegate. To reserve your place e-mail Steve Massey – Sandwell Council’s Supply Chain Development Officer on

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