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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Sandwell Council teams up with Carillion to launch BIM Suite

A West Midlands local authority and a leading UK construction services company have teamed up to unveil their initiative for equipping the Black Country supply chain with critical skills, as a major new hospital is built in the region.

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Sandwell Council, in conjunction with Carillion – the UK’s leading integrated support services company and the preferred bidder to build the £430m Midland Metropolitan hospital in Smethwick – is unveiling a state-of-the-art BIM (Building Information Modelling) Technologies and Skills Development suite at an event on 8th October.

The BIM Technologies and Skills Development Suite will provide a platform for manufacturers and suppliers to learn more about BIM and develop their skills in product design, 3D modelling and digital engineering using easy-to-configure 3D software.

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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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Construction and Infrastructure Opportunities in Ireland – Event 25th September 2015

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) are offering businesses within the Black Country the chance to book a 30 minute 1:1 meeting with David O’Halloran, a UKTI Trade Adviser based in Dublin, to discuss a range of business opportunities within the Irish construction and infrastructure sector.

Ireland is the UK’s fifth largest export market and imports more from the UK than any other country, and therefore it is an ideal first step market for UK companies. Furthermore, the country itself offers the benefit of being English speaking, has a similar regulatory and legal framework and good perception of the quality of British goods and services.

The Irish construction industry is predicted to grow at 5.65% in the years to 2018, and the Irish government has made significant financial commitments to a number of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects for social housing development, horse racing courses and urban regeneration. The National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) is to also provide capital (circa €2bn) and vendor finance (circa €2bn) for completion of construction work and the development of Greenfield sites.

Location: Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Creative Industries Centre, University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9TG

If you’re a Black Country Chamber of Commerce member click here to book. Other companies can book by clicking here.

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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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Carillion named as preferred bidder for Midland Metropolitan Hospital

A joint venture led by Black Country headquartered support services giant Carillion has been named as the preferred bidder by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust to construct the new £430m Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.

Carillion were awarded preferred bidder status as part of a joint venture – Public Private Partnership under a 30-year concession contract using the UK Government’s PF2 model. The new 8 storey state-of the-art acute hospital, which will have 15 operating theatre suites, critical care units, clinical consultation suites, a maternity unit and an accident and emergency department on the lower floors whilst the upper floors will consist of state-of-the-art en-suite and multi-bed wards providing bedspace for around 670 patients.


The 21st century healthcare facility will have a number of innovative design features including a fully enclosed Winter Garden with canal-side and panoramic views across Birmingham & the Black Country, retail outlets, car parking within the hospital building on the ground and first floors to create a secure environment, clinical services and operating theatres will be located on the lower floors whilst the main reception, hospital foyer for general admissions, visitors restaurant and patient space will be positioned on the upper floors.

Carillion will invest over £16 million of equity in the project, which will be built by Carillion at a capital cost of £297 million. Hard facilities management and life-cycle maintenance services will also be delivered by Carillion and these services are expected to generate approximately £140 million of revenue over the life of the concession contract.

Financial close is expected around the end of 2015 with construction starting early in 2016. Completion is scheduled for mid-2018, with the hospital opening in late 2018. As the leading provider of apprenticeships and training in its sector, Carillion will use this project as a further opportunity to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities as well boosting the region’s economy through maximising the use of local suppliers. Carillion have pledged to work with Sandwell Council to support the Council’s wider economic development plans for Smethwick using the Council’s award-winning West Midlands Virtual Hospital to make the Midland Metropolitan contracts transparent and accessible to the local supply chain showing Carillion’s public commitment to responsible procurement

Carillion Plc Chief Executive, Richard Howson, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder for this important new hospital. Carillion has delivered over 60 Public Private Partnership projects, including more than 20 healthcare projects, and this latest success reinforces our position as a leader in the PPP market. We look forward to working with the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver a state-of-the-art facility that will enable the Trust to achieve its objectives for delivering significant improvements in healthcare services for the people of Sandwell and West Birmingham”.

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Sandwell Council shortlisted as a finalist for the Construction News Awards

Sandwell Council, an award winning local authority, announces that it has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Construction News Awards, one of the most prestigious and coveted in the construction sector and a well-recognised badge of excellence amongst the sectors peers.

Attracting more than 300 entries from some of the biggest firms in UK construction, the council’s Think Sandwell team has been recognised for its outstanding achievements in the ‘Best BIM (Building Information Modelling) Initiative of the Year’ award for its pioneering work on the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH).

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Sandwell Council shortlisted for Express & Star Business Awards 2015

The West Midlands Virtual Hospital has secured Sandwell Council a finalist place at this year’s Express & Star Business Awards.

Sandwell will be vying for the Best Use of Technology award which is one of 12 awards up for grabs this year. Preliminary judging has whittled them down to 3 finalists in the category who will now undergo a rigorous assessment, including a series of site visits, as the difficult task of finding a winner gets under way.

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WMVH and Sandwell Council shortlisted for 2015 West Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards

Sandwell Council is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted as a finalist in 5 categories for this year’s West Midlands Celebrating Constructing Excellence awards.

The West Midlands awards will be presented at a high profile dinner on Friday 10 July 2015. More than six hundred leaders and innovators from across the construction sector will gather at the ICC, Birmingham, to celebrate the very best industry projects.

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West Midlands Virtual Hospital shortlisted for Global Procurement Leaders Award

Sandwell Council, an award winning local authority, announced that it has been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Procurement Leaders Global Awards, one of the most coveted in the purchasing profession and a well-recognised badge of excellence amongst procurement peers across the globe.

Sandwell Council has received national recognition and has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards for its pioneering work aligned to the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH), a digital representation of a real-life hospital embedded with a 3D BIM learning platform.

The Procurement Leaders Awards are the most celebrated and sought-after awards in procurement. They are said to represent the best initiatives, individuals and organisations across the world.

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