National framework provider Pagabo is celebrating hitting its latest social value milestone, marking £3bn in social value being enabled by works procured through its frameworks since 2017.

Continuing Success

This marks another milestone in a hugely successful year for the firm, which saw the launch of its new Major Works and Professional Services frameworks go live in April, the appointment of several members of staff and the announcement of a transformational research collaboration with The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to name but a few. 

The figures have been enabled through Pagabo’s full suite of frameworks. As well as figures relating to the financial benefit to local economies, the measurement includes the creation of more than 2,750 jobs and the safeguarding of more than 11,000 jobs, as well as 900 work placements and more than 700 apprentice roles. 

Simon Toplass, chief executive officer at Pagabo, said: “Driving positive social impact for individuals, communities and businesses up and down the country is one of our core business values at Pagabo, so hitting this landmark £3bn enabled figure is a really proud moment for us.

“Social value is firmly at the heart of everything we do, and we make a conscious effort to be as directly involved as possible in order to help our clients generate the best social return possible from their projects. And there is, of course, no doubt that social value is set to play a bigger part than ever in the future following COVID-19 – especially when it comes to job safeguarding, job creation and the development of employment opportunities in the immediate future.”

How Social Value is generated

Pagabo generates its figures using our Social Profit Calculator (SPC) – the market-leading online tool accredited by Social Value UK and Social Value International. We use robust government data and methodologies to help organisations understand, evidence and measure the social impact of their work. 

Simon said: “Most organisations will already be delivering some form of social value through their employment of staff, skills development programmes and through working with local supply chains. The important next step is knowing how to measure these things and how they equate to true benefit for local communities. This is something that SPC is perfectly placed to do, accurately calculating the financial value of the social, economic and environmental impact of your work.

“It’s highly likely that we are going to see a significant push over the coming years regarding industry standards of data collection for social value – especially when it comes to regional differences. Tools like SPC will continue to grow in importance – as will the need for cross-industry collaboration to build a picture of what good social value looks like around the country for clients.”

Pagabo is set to announce the successful applicants for its brand-new developer-led framework – worth £47bn – in December.

For more information on how Pagabo enables social value, please visit https://www.pagabo.co.uk/social-value/

It’s a pleasure to announce that Overbury completed the £1 million transformation of an Arts and Design Centre at Dudley College of Technology that will provide dedicated teaching and learning facilities for students taking new T Level qualifications.

Using our market-leading reporting framework, Overbury has been able to evidence the staggering social value they have generated for the regional community.

On budget, in time and all during a pandemic

The national fit-out and refurbishment specialist has reinvented 151,000 sq foot of space at the three-storey building in Venture Way, Brierley Hill as part of a project that was delivered during the national coronavirus lockdown and localised tiers of restriction. 

The refurbished facility will provide a contemporary home for the region’s budding IT, design and gaming professionals, who will be the first to embark on the new T Level courses, a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience. 

The 14-week refurbishment programme began in a live campus environment in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and was completed on budget and in time for the College’s delivery of new T Level qualifications at the start of the academic year. 

Three storeys of sustainable design

Overbury has created a series of open plan and collaborative workspaces that will enhance student experience across all three floors, comprising new VR and computer suites for games design.  

The refurbishment includes a substantial mechanical and electrical fit-out, with the installation of new power-saving LED lighting, ceilings and air conditioning, as well as new desktop power facilities. The sustainable design includes the addition of glass panels to doors to maximise natural daylight, with new flooring laid throughout. 

Demonstrating real social value

Overbury was chosen to deliver the project following a competitive tendering process through the Pagabo Medium Works Framework. In addition to the main works, Overbury partnered with us to generate more than £1.85 million in social value through a range of social, economic and environmental initiatives, focused on local spend. 

Penelope Mitchell, education and public sector business development manager for Overbury, said: “Dudley College of Technology is at the forefront of building a world class, technical education system and we’re extremely proud to play a part in realising that vision. 

Overbury has created an amazing teaching and learning space in time to welcome the first T Level learners this year, giving generations of young people a new choice after GCSEs. We’ve taken a really collaborative approach to the delivery of this project to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone on site during extraordinary circumstances and we’ve worked with Pagabo and Social Profit Calculator to secure the best value from the public money being spent. It is especially pleasing to have delivered a high-quality building project that has supported the local community and invested in the regional economy during the pandemic.”

A word from Dudley College of Technology

Neil Thomas, chief executive and principal, Dudley College of Technology, said: “We are really pleased to see the new digital facilities up and running. The College is one of the first in the country to be delivering the new digital T levels as part of the government agenda to drive excellence in technical education. This new facility will mean those students have the first class facilities they deserve to study these exciting new qualifications as well as providing much needed updating of our facilities for wider digital curriculum such as game design, networking, systems support, virtual reality and application development. We now have a facility that is fit for purpose in training the information technology professionals of the future and supporting the many employers in the region who need these skills.”

Sam Hunter, estates coordinator and surveyor, Dudley Academies Trust, said: “When we awarded Overbury this project in the midst of a national lockdown, we were excited about the opportunity to work with them and anxious as to whether we would succeed in the timeframe, given budgetary and delivery constraints. Working alongside Overbury was harmony and I can honestly say that I have never been part of a more diligent, focused and determined partnership. Winning team work, collaboration and communication was at the forefront of every stage and collectively no problem was insurmountable. Health and safety was our highest priority at all times and quality was never compromised. We look forward to future opportunities to work together, creating aspirational environments for our learners.”

Pioneers of T Level Qualifications

Dudley College of Technology is one of the first institutions to deliver T Levels and will offer learners the chance to embark upon qualifications in education, design, surveying and planning, and digital production, design and development. The two-year technical courses are the equivalent to three A Levels and have been designed with employers to give young people the skills that industries need. 

Overbury specialises in the fit-out and refurbishment of higher and further education facilities. The contractor recently completed the fit-out and refurbishment of two lecture theatres and an M&E and plant room at the University of Warwick’s Gibbet Hill building, as well as two phases of refurbishment at Stratford upon Avon College delivering a new entrance and learning space.