The crucial role integrated supply chains can play in delivering a successful and timely project are recognised here, and it’s the enormous and complex 2012 Olympics that shows how it should be done

Integrated supply chain of the year, sponsored by Armstrong

Olympic Delivery Authority

How encouraging to see the ODA scooping the prize in this category. With fewer than 500 days to go before the Games, a winning integrated supply chain is an important additional step in the right direction. The ODA’s integrated supply chain covers an eye-watering list of separate components from enabling work and logistics through to structures, bridges and highways, park lands and the permanent venues including the main stadium, aquatics centre and velodrome. Everyone knows that delivering this scheme on time and on budget is an immense undertaking, with so many elements and buildings to keep track of. But, so far, the ODA and its supply chain have remained on track on both those fronts. The supply chain should be extremely proud to be achieving such a consistently high standard on the Olympic site and, as the venues begin to take shape and even complete, should be aware that their work is inspiring not just the rest of the industry, but the entire nation as this time next year all eyes will be on London to watch the culmination of all of this hard work. Keep it up, we’re nearly there!

Balfour Beatty

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
This supply chain demonstrated its strength by delivering a project involving £582m, 13,000 people and 4 years. Members were brought in at an early stage to incorporate their expertise from an early stage.

Connect Roads

Coventry City now not only has a remotely controlled street light system but has also reduced energy by 40% and saved 500 miles of vehicle movement thanks to the solid supply chain working on the project.


London’s biggest infrastructure project has little margin for error, as well as being in the public eye. Its success is underpinned by it supply chain, engaging potential Tier 1 contractors and SMEs, and getting them talking to each other via “meet the buyer” events.

Interserve Project Services

The South-East Regional Prime Team
This supply chain relationship has been built up over the length of this 7-year project to deliver capital works and maintenance at 95 major MoD sites, and has helped the client save £2.25m over 10 projects.

Olympic Delivery Authority

For perhaps the UK’s most complex project, an integrated supply chain has been able to ensure that the scheme is delivered on time and on budget.

Laing O’Rourke and SIG

Getting to know each other was seen as essential for these companies to build a long-term strategic supply chain. The result has been reduced procurement costs on projects such as the high-profile One Hyde Park.