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Social value is the conscious effort on the part of a business to deliver outcomes that benefit society – whether that be social, economic, or environmental.

The delivery of social value is becoming a key component in business strategies across sectors, challenging traditional approaches where economic goals are the primary drivers behind business activity.

Construction is uniquely placed to produce long-term public benefit and improve wellbeing as processes are conducted in the public sphere, and the final product directly impacts the way we live, move, and work.

The AEC sector has significant capacity to create social value and deliver a wide range of additional outcomes throughout a project lifecycle and beyond.

The UKGBC recognises outcomes under three broad themes –  jobs and economic growth, health, wellbeing and the environment, and strength of community.

Outcomes can range from training and employing long-term unemployed people and supporting local businesses, to creating thriving social networks and reducing air pollution.

RICS, RIBA, CIOB and Social Value UK have joined forces with the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) to develop a new industry-wide definition of value.

This new Value Definition is the first of four core elements of a comprehensive new ‘Value Toolkit’ which the CIH is developing in close collaboration with industry.

The Value Toolkit has moved into a pivotal phase, giving early implementers a chance to pilot the new approach.

The pilot phase, which will run over the next six months, will see the Toolkit’s process and suite of tools put through a rigorous course of testing with clients and practitioners before the final industry-wide version is unveiled later in the year.

McArthur’s Yard

Bristol Dockland project, McArthur’s Yard, tops out

McArthur’s Yard, a major redevelopment project to transform Bristol Docklands, has reached a key milestone and topped out.
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LHC announces latest round of grants through its community benefit fund 

LHC continues its strong focus on social value this year, both through its frameworks - the latest of which have included new evaluation processes to increase opportunities for more EDI conscious companies who undertake significant community initiatives - and through its Community Benefit Fund.
PBC Today May 2022

PBC Today May 2022

Welcome to the PBC Today May 2022 edition where our expert contributors from across the architecture, engineering and construction sectors explore issues ranging from how we can realise levelling up and the cost of poor housing to the NHS to the role of social value in the built environment, improving compliance and safety, and the impact of the war in Ukraine on projects and planning.
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Social value goes to the very heart of the built environment’s...

Following the publication of its new social value toolkit, UKGBC's Simon McWhirter discusses the growing focus on social value in the industry and why it must be integrated throughout any built environment project.
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Wates Group celebrates Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Wates Group has won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category for the third time, having previously won in 2011 and 2016.
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Realising true social value in construction

Government efficiency minister Jacob Rees-Mogg is reportedly looking to reduce social value weightings in public procurement, citing concerns that they negatively affect smaller firms. Tiia Sammallahti, founder and CEO of whatimpact.com, examines the challenges of realising true social value in construction - and why rolling back the requirements would be the wrong choice.
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LHC report says improved housing and public sector procurement is key...

The LHC report outlines the key role public sector procurement can play in the government's levelling up agenda.
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UKGBC publish guidance toolkit to scale delivery of built environment

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today published a guidance toolkit prioritising the delivery of social value across built environment projects.
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Strengthening social value through modern methods of construction

It’s vital for those who are tendering or bidding for new projects to understand how MMC and social value can benefit their business, no matter where they sit within the supply chain, explains Robert Walton, Managing Director of Constructionline.
Embedding Social Value

Embedding social value to reach real estate sustainability

Embedding Social Value into business operations is critical to delivering more value in communities, supporting businesses in meeting their own sustainability goals and rebuilding trust in the real estate industry, explains Guy Battle, CEO, Social Value Portal.

BAM commences work on £10m low carbon primary school in Bristol

BAM has begun construction work on the redevelopment of a new £10m low carbon primary school in Frenchay, near Bristol.
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How to embed social value in procurement practices

Mary Bennell, director of SWPA, takes a look at how to tailor your procurement strategy to embed the goals, objectives, and outcomes for social value.
Social value calculator

Kier and Thrive to deliver new social value calculator

Kier has partnered with Thrive to deliver a social value calculator that will capture, track, and demonstrate social value across the group .
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New guidance on how to embed social value into the planning...

The Social Value Portal has launched new guidance on how to embed social value into the planning process.
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Mitigating mega project risk: Could closer community involvement help?

Working with local communities can reduce the impact of mega projects and add social value, but could more be done to promote the benefits of community engagement?
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SCAPE launches new social supply chain platform

SCAPE has launched The Social Partnership Portal, a website connecting buyers and suppliers that aims to drive social value across public sector procurement.
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Tilbury Douglas hands over new SEND Beacon College

Tilbury Douglas has successfully completed the construction of the new Beacon College, which is a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) school located in Hereford.
Opportunity Action Plan

Amey launches opportunity action plan to boost social mobility

Amey has launched the Opportunity Action Plan, a series of challenges to address a lack of social mobility in some of the country’s most deprived regions.
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BAM appoints new head of social impact

BAM Construct UK has appointed Dannielle Aberg as its new head of social impact to draw together the company’s wider sustainability and procurement approaches.
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How two Manchester projects are building social value

Manchester’s biggest construction projects are creating jobs, apprenticeships and other opportunities.
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Morgan Sindall to deliver social value plan for Manchester hospital

Morgan Sindall has been appointed to deliver an enabling works package and multi-storey car park (MSCP) and cycle hub as part of the total redevelopment of the North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) site.
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Tilbury Douglas appoints head of social value

Tilbury Douglas has appointed Lucy Davies as head of social value to develop the company’s CSR activities, including apprenticeships, community volunteering, local employment and supply chain engagement.
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Pilot launches for ground-breaking Value Toolkit

The Construction Innovation Hub’s Value Toolkit will now be deployed on live projects to drive better social, environmental, and economic outcomes in the built environment.
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Construction: The role of society in value-based decision-making

With the Construction Innovation Hub’s Value Toolkit moving into the testing phase on 26 April, it is time to explore how it connects with social value. Social Value UK and the Construction Innovation Hub share their thoughts.
Social value, Amey

Amey promises to deliver positive change in social value report

Amey’s 'Social Value Report' reveals it has become a real living wage employer, purchased 100% renewable energy and has spent £4.7m with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
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Social value through procurement set to aid economic recovery

Public sector procurement is set to play an increasingly crucial role in helping communities to recover from the coronavirus crisis’ social and economic fall-out, according to Fusion21’s annual Procurement Trends research.

Social value

Social value is the conscious effort on the part of a business to deliver outcomes that benefit society – whether that be social, economic, or environmental.

The delivery of social value is becoming a key component in business strategies across sectors, challenging traditional approaches where economic goals are the primary drivers behind business activity.

Construction is uniquely placed to produce long-term public benefit and improve wellbeing as processes are conducted in the public sphere, and the final product directly impacts the way we live, move, and work.

The AEC sector has significant capacity to create social value and deliver a wide range of additional outcomes throughout a project lifecycle and beyond.

The UKGBC recognises outcomes under three broad themes –  jobs and economic growth, health, wellbeing and the environment, and strength of community.

Outcomes can range from training and employing long-term unemployed people and supporting local businesses, to creating thriving social networks and reducing air pollution.

RICS, RIBA, CIOB and Social Value UK have joined forces with the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) to develop a new industry-wide definition of value.

This new Value Definition is the first of four core elements of a comprehensive new ‘Value Toolkit’ which the CIH is developing in close collaboration with industry.

The Value Toolkit has moved into a pivotal phase, giving early implementers a chance to pilot the new approach.

The pilot phase, which will run over the next six months, will see the Toolkit’s process and suite of tools put through a rigorous course of testing with clients and practitioners before the final industry-wide version is unveiled later in the year.