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we put a lot of focused effort into developing our team and understanding individual operational, learning and leadership styles.


Image: Courtesy of Magnox


Making it a success We believe successful collaboration requires: • Early involvement • Equitable relationships • Commitment by senior management • Commercial alignment and effective management of risk • Organisational and individual integration • Trust between all partners • Innovation encouraged • Open and honest communication


The six alliance companies worked through a lengthy procurement process, and this naturally presented challenges for both individual companies and the collective Celadon alliance. Working through these challenges together definitely made us a stronger, more aligned team. Over time we developed an environment of mutual trust. This didn’t happen by accident; we put a lot of focused effort into developing our team and understanding individual operational, learning and leadership styles.


Celadon’s collective experience shows that to deliver most value from our frameworks and projects we must foster and embed a collaborative approach. This experience matches the ECI panel findings and three key conclusions from the National Audit Office (NAO), following their research into project delivery:


• Strong collaborative relationships go hand-in-hand with good project performance.


• Successful collaborative working tailors best practice to specific project circumstances.


• Measuring relationships can help underpin effective collaborative working.


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The Celadon alliance companies fully committed to this approach and philosophy and were rewarded with a five-year framework contract for DD&A across the 10 Magnox generating sites, estimated to be worth £304m. Celadon is one of only two contractors awarded a framework for all three of the work scopes.


Alan Bladon, Magnox Programme Director, recently said: “This framework gives us a great opportunity to outperform our decommissioning plans by building long-term supply chain relationships, learning from experience, and increasing our ability to deliver. This approach will optimise decommissioning which, overall, is expected to save the taxpayer more than £1.3bn as sites are delivered into care and maintenance.”


Foundations for the future


Over the last few months since the contract award, Celadon has commenced work and the integrated team is up and running. The key to collaborative working is to promote behaviours that engender trust and respect. This requires constant attention and is a leadership issue, with leaders acting as role models within the alliance and Magnox.


Commercial value is achieved through collaboration, early involvement, innovation, supply chain engagement and adoption of the best athlete approach. We are proud of our achievements to date. Equally we know there will be challenges ahead; however with the inception of Celadon we have put in place the foundations for a successful collaborative decommissioning alliance.


Words: Nigel Jenkins, KDC Contractors Ltd


For further information, contact nigel.jenkins@kdc.co.uk Tel: 0161 947 2150 www.celadon.uk.com www.kdc.co.uk


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