EDF Energy choses Mace for works at Hinkley Point C

07 September 2015 Consultancy.uk

Mace has been selected by EDF Energy as the preferred bidder for construction work, management services and NEC contract management. The proposed contract relates to the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, which is set to produce enough energy for 5 million homes when it becomes fully operational.

Hinkley Point is located on the northern Somerset coast and is host to the nuclear power plants Hinkley Point A, currently being decommissioned, and Hinkley Point B, currently operational. Plans have been drafted by EDF Energy for two new reactors with capacity of 3.2 GW at a neighbouring site, Hinkley Point C. The new project will be the first of the new generation of nuclear plants in the UK and will power five million homes (7% of the UK’s energy need). Besides generating energy, the plant and its associated works will create 900 jobs for more than 60 years, and around 25,000 throughout the ten year build phase.

COO for Major Programmes and Infrastructure at Mace

To oversee NEC contract management at the proposed Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy selected consulting firm Mace as the preferred bidder. The role of Mace will be to build four park and ride facilities and induction building, three freight management facilities, improve the local highway and create three accommodation campuses to house more than 1,500 staff.

The construction phase of the project will, in line with EDF Energy’s commitment to support the local community, see Mace predominantly (80%) use local labour force – providing opportunities for the local community. Engagement of the local community will be in the form of apprenticeships for local youth, recruitment of graduates from local universities, as well as the project and management team being sourced predominantly locally and blended with experienced staff from Mace.

The value of the deal has not been disclosed, and the two parties are currently in a period of contract clarification. Once this is completed a final decision on the deal will be made by the parties and relevant investors. This is not the first time Mace has engaged with EDF Energy’s proposed Hinkley Point C power station, the advisory has already delivered on off-site works including project controls, project management, procurement services and commercial management.

Jason Millett

“This is a defining project for the UK’s energy sector and we are very proud to have been selected as preferred bidder by EDF Energy. We look forward to supporting the local community through jobs and investment and building on the relationship we have established with EDF Energy over the last four years,” comments Jason Millett, Mace’s COO for Major Programmes and Infrastructure. 


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How data insights helped Network Rail improve the South-East route

11 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Amey Consulting has leveraged data insights to assist Network Rail with the improvement of its South-Eastern route. Using the Quartz tool, which monitors train movement, Network Rail will now be able to commit to data-enabled interventions to quickly improve underperforming train stations.

With rail services in the UK coming under strain from the demands of modern commuter life, while the infrastructure and service delivery of the nation’s railways has come in for sustained criticism in recent years, a period of regeneration is on the cards at last. Network Rail is the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the railway network in Great Britain, and has subsequently tapped the consulting industry on a regular basis to help find areas of improvement.

The group recently drafted in consultancy BearingPoint to conduct a thorough organisational evaluation and advise Network Rail (High Speed) on attaining a ‘fit for purpose’ organisational standard – for which the consultancy was nominated at the 2019 MCA Awards. Meanwhile, ArupArcadis and Aecom have been contracted to help Colas Rail and Babcock Rail implement a decade-long framework for Network Rail, aimed at supporting the delivery of the next generation of rail systems, with the contracts said to be worth as much as £5 billion

How data insights helped Network Rail improve the South-East route

As Network Rail further aims to improve its performance and customer service offering, another area it has sought help from the consulting sector for is its South-East route. The network of railways connects London with the southern parts of the country, as well as with Europe, making it the busiest in the country, with more than 500 million passenger journeys per year. This crucial expanse of rail was plagued with small minute delays, which were impacting millions of passengers every day, while reducing the efficiency and capacity of the overall network – something Amey Consulting was selected to help solve.

Amey Consulting soon determined that with the sub-threshold delays to services only lasting for 1 or 2 minutes, most were not the subject of detailed root cause analysis, and this made their corrections almost impossible – with dire consequences. Without addressing these delays, passenger satisfaction would fall, while the capacity and efficiency of the network would be reduced, stinging the income of Network Rail even before a host of delay-related fines would hit the company.

In order to help the client gain a better understanding of where, how, when and what these small delays occur, Amey Consulting looked to demonstrate the value of data-led consulting, with a significant reduction in delays within the first month of rolling out changes to key stations. The consultants embedded themselves in Network Rail’s team, helping them learn the key skills needed to support and apply data-driven solutions.

Agile transport

This involved the deployment of the Quartz tool. The system utilises to-the-second train movement data to present the performance of individual stations across the South-East route. It allows users to effortlessly understand station performance with a high level of detail, and use this information to identify losses caused by small-minute delays. The granular data allows for targeted actions to drive efficiency savings and performance improvements. More importantly, it allows users to understand the impact of small process changes on performance. 

Steve Dyke, an Executive Partner at Amey Consulting, said of the project, “We looked to identify the physical root cause on the infrastructure, building a case for change then managing that project implementation and tracking the benefit/value.  In doing so we are working to define a data performance improvement service to the operational and infrastructure owners.”

Just as important for the project as the technology, however, was teaching the Network Rail team how to leverage it after the consultants were gone. The Amey Consulting team worked to develop an agile working culture within Network Rail’s South-East division, helping staff to be confident in using data to improve the journeys of millions of people per year by attacking the problem from the ground up.

Dyke concluded, “This is less about the tools and about the approach to managing performance.  It meant using by-the-second analysis, data science, and then agile development to visualise and identify areas where improvements can be made.  We then worked with NR to change the way they approached the management of the infrastructure changes.  So rather than pass the information down the value chain, any of which could have been missed, we managed the change end-to-end.”

The project was so successful that Amey Consulting was also among those honoured at the recent MCA Awards. The firm scooped the Performance Improvement in the Public Sector prize for its work with Network Rail, at the 2019 ceremony in London.