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National Highways Depot

Framework:: Construction

Sector:: Heritage

Project Value:: £6m

Completed:: June 2021

Local spend:: 40%

Local labour within 40 miles:: 63%

Apprenticeship weeks:: 101

Volunteer hours:: 30

We’ve seen the benefits since we’ve engaged SCAPE and their approach to getting projects in flight. We had a really open and collaborative relationship. Because of the time pressures, using SCAPE and bundling the four projects together enabled us to condense the work on four depot’s in parallel. SCAPE brought that quick route to market, allowing us to engage Morgan Sindall through the early feasibility which helped complete the design in the shortest possible time. One of the amazing outcomes is we’ve delivered all four depots in just 10 months.

Ciprian Ciuraru

Project Manager, National Highways

The development of four new roadside depots for National Highways’ employees has now been completed by SCAPE’s delivery partners Morgan Sindall Construction and Perfect Circle.

The project was part of National Highways’ plans to improve its locations throughout England and included the development of its Bescot, Doxey, Strensham and Warndon’s depots.

Procured through SCAPE National Construction framework, our team encouraged early contractor engagement and high levels of collaboration enabling all four depots to be handed over on time, within budget, and with an average client satisfaction score of 9.1/10.


The development of Bescot, Doxey, Strensham and Warndon depots within Area 9 sought to improve the West Midlands operational model by bringing together National Highways’ staff with traffic officers, contractors and its maintenance partner, Colas, in modern working environments.

National Highways needed to apply its ‘Workplace Design’ guide to ensure the depots were built to the same exacting standards as the rest of its national offices. The client was also able to review the layout of its depots, both from an operational, safety and well-being perspective. Vehicle segregation was identified as a key element, along with employee health and well-being, with considerations around welfare and first aid facilities, correct lighting, and ergonomic desks and chairs all extensively considered.

SCAPE and Morgan Sindall are both dedicated to delivering a social and economic boost to local communities across every project. However, due to the remote locations of the depots, this proved challenging.

The team worked closely with Nuneaton Signs, who provides meaningful employment and training for people with disabilities through the production of temporary and permanent signage. More than £100k was also spent with a number of Social Enterprises, whose primary purposes are to try to redress social or environmental imbalances within the construction industry. This helped achieve an average Social Value return of 39%, with more than £8.1m reinvested with the local area. In total, 72% of all projects spend was with businesses located within 30 miles, while 97% of the project spend was with small to medium businesses.

Morgan Sindall constructed two new office buildings and associated external areas at Bescot and Doxey, while also fully refurbishing existing depots at Warndon and Strensham. A new service garage and modular salt barn were also constructed at the Strensham depot.

Conducting the works in parallel helped all four projects to complete in just 10 months whilst also minimising disruptions to the depots and the wider road network. It also guaranteed higher levels of quality and consistency. Following the handover of the first depot, Warndon, the standard for the remaining depots to achieve was set – or as was often the case, surpass. Not only were successes replicated and cost savings passed on, but invaluable ‘lessons learned’ were incorporated into the next project, along with key project members to oversee delivery to the same standard. Following the completion of all four depots, the client scored the project team and handover 9.5/10 and 9/10 respectively, while also scoring the project 9/10 in quality.


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The work we do at National Highways - operating, maintaining, and improving our roads - is carried out at our depots, control rooms and outstations, not in city centre offices. It’s paramount that we give people in those buildings a great place to work, near the road network, where they can plan and carry out their roles. Depots like this are also giving us the opportunity to think again about how we work.

Nick Harris

CEO | National Highways

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