The Strategic Road Network (SRN) Alliances of Area 3 and 9 have achieved BS ISO 44001:2017 Collaborative Business Relationships Standard. The achievement was sealed in January 2019, with certificates presented today, 24th April 2019 at British Standards Institution (BSI) head office in Milton Keynes.
With collaboration now the name of the game across the sector, the SRN Alliance promotes idea sharing and best practice within the supply chain, utilising the expertise for all partners to deliver safer working and efficient achievement of common goals.
Upon achieving BS ISO 44001:2017, one auditor stated:
“I am genuinely impressed with how you all work and the spirit of collaboration. This is one of the best systems I have seen so far.”
The innovative SRN Alliance was a step change for all involved, with all 24 organisations coming together between July 2018 and January 2019 to develop the ISO 44001:2017 system.
The SRN Alliance is an equally collaborative initiative across Areas 3 & 9 with companies including Highways England, Kier, Aggregate Industries, Carnell, Crown Highways, Tarmac, WJ, Chevron, CLM, Volker Laser, PDS, R&W, Chambers Southern, Enims, Roocroft, R & C Williams, KJ Thulborn, Waltet, Maurer, Camps Highways LTD and AC Landscapes & Treeworks.
Crown Highways Managing Director Mike Dale is also the Area 9 SRN Alliance SER (Senior Executive Responsible)
Mike spoke to us about the alliance, and why it’s great for Crown Highways to be involved:
“The SRN Alliance is a great initiative for Crown Highways to be a part of. The system has enabled Area 3 and 9 to continue to build existing collaborative relationships that are stronger than the contractual relationships, and collaboration that supports delivery even where there is not a direct contractual relationship.
“It’s a really good feeling to be able to work alongside Kier, Highways England and our supply chain partners and contribute on a level above just feet on the ground.
“Ultimately- any sort of idea sharing and creating value can only be good for everyone involved as the best practice definitely rises to the top. It’s brilliant that Kier and HE recognise this.
Whilst the Alliance system and branding are new, it draws on evidence of existing best practice, capabilities and behaviours already in use in pockets across different term contracts and major projects.
“All involved are looking forward to seeing the alliance evolve further into the future, continuing to achieve even more shared value and benefits from working together and adopting this model and system across other contracts.”
What is the Strategic Road Network (SRN) Alliance – Area 3 and Area 9?
A collaborative joint venture between 24 individual partners formed to adopt a common focus and shared approach to deliver a sustainable balance between meeting the needs of highways users, improving quality and minimising costs.
Joint strategic objectives are aligned to Highways England’s three imperatives:
- Safety – No one should be harmed when travelling or working on the strategic road network.
- Customer – Improving how what we do impacts those that use our roads.
- Delivery – On time and efficiently, whilst seeking innovations to realise the efficiency savings required of us.