Green Gown Awards 2015 Facilities and Services - University College London - Finalist

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UCL Logistics - from Strategy to Service

With a 10 year construction programme about to start, UCL took a new approach to managing deliveries on its heavily constrained Bloomsbury campus. 

With over 200 vehicles already entering the campus every week and over 50,000 pedestrian movements through its gates per day, the additional construction vehicles were predicted to bring the campus to a halt, and severely impact the university’s operations.

In partnership with Wilson James, UCL is using off-site consolidation to minimise deliveries and an on-site logistics team, to reduce vehicle mileage and emissions, raise efficiency and improve pedestrian safety and wellbeing.

At the height of UCL’s construction programme, it is expected that a 50-60% reduction in vehicle deliveries will be achieved.

Top 3 learnings

1 To achieve effective logistics, it is important that good planning and controls are put in place; supported by a robust process

2 The benefits are far reaching: from a more pleasant campus for staff and students, improved safety and sustainability, reduced costs, transparency across the supply chain, tidier construction sites and improved project planning

3 Listen to stakeholders: good communication with all parties is essential. Whether these are departments, security, suppliers, contractors, project managers…everyone has their part to play to make it a joint success.

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