Groundworks for the Ministry of Justice
Due to the unique nature of prison environments, we recognise the importance of understanding and complying with the MoJ's stringent security procedures. Working in a live prison environment presents daily challenges that require collaboration and adaptability. We understand the complexities of the enhanced EL1 security clearance processes, access restrictions for material deliveries and condensed working hours.
Our involvement begins at the preconstruction stage, with programming, cost planning, site investigation works, and technical support. By cultivating strong partnerships with our clients and having the opportunity to of early engagement in the schemes, we overcome problems together allowing us to navigate the unique obstacles presented by working in a prison environment successfully.
EL1 Security Clearance
To ensure compliance, all of our workers have undergone stringent background checks to safeguard the security, confidentiality, and well-being of the facility, inmates, and personnel involved, maintaining the integrity and safety of the prison environment.
Our dedicated internal Compliance and People Manager works closely with the groundworks team, coordinating the EL1 process, providing support to individuals and ensuring the smooth progression of the clearance procedure.
Accommodating for the restricted working hours poses additional challenges regarding project scheduling. Operations such as concrete placement have to be uniquely sequenced to account for finishing, curing, and other necessary processes. To adapt to these restrictions, we embrace a flexible approach and maintain our close partnership with the client throughout, allowing us to work within the limited time frame effectively. Our detailed approach to programming sees us consistently achieving milestones and adhering to key dates.
Detailed Logistical Plan
Recognising the significance of meticulous planning and coordination, we engage
in numerous planning meetings with our clients and directly liaise with prison authorities
prior to commencing work. These efforts ensure that all labour, plant, and material
resources are scheduled at least a week in advance, allowing for the necessary security
"This is my second time working with Shanco. As this is a live prison, it’s taken a momentous effort to organise staff bookings and deliveries, and a good team effort has been achieved due to their positive attitude. Access/clearance has been a challenge, and the coordination of deliveries by Shanco has been fantastic. This has been such a crucial part of the running of the site, it has made my job far easier.
The relationship with security and the OSGs is also very crucial, Shanco has adhered to the policies and has also helped tremendously in this regard. Their QA and HSE procedures are well documented and have been complimented on by our relevant departments.
We have faced many challenges together as a team, their proactive approach has been of great assistance, and the project is ahead of programme thanks to them. I would certainly recommend Shanco for any future projects in the MoJ department, or any other site projects."
— Dale Green - Project Manager - HMP in Northern England
Key to our approach is the attention to detail in the initial planning stages. With a wealth of experience providing groundworks for both min the healthcare sector, we consistently provide solutions to often unique and challenging project obstacles. By working in partnership with our clients and the hospital teams we overcome the logistical challenges associated with live hospital environments and avoid disrupting services and access to emergency vehicles.
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"The team at Shanco have been a pleasure to work with. I have found them proactive at all stages of the project, giving good advice from the design stage to ensuring the programme is delivered on time. What I find most beneficial is the full package approach, having a Site Engineering team on hand has been invaluable, and their Site Operatives are first-class at delivering high-quality work on programme."
- David, Site Manager
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As groundworks specialists for the education sector, we provide quality services for both modular and traditional construction methods. An early site visit helps our team establish the specific requirements and advise on elements such as fencing, welfare facilities, access routes for deliveries and, for modular installations, crane position.
These works are often carried out in live and logistically challenging environments, so all works have to be carefully sequenced and coordinated with the client and the school. Our client feedback and recommendations are a testament to our dedication to partnership, project support and ability to provide full-package groundworks and landscaping services nationally.
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“The work carried out and the overall finish is excellent and it all went without a noticeable hitch. All your guys were excellent and are a credit to you.”
— Stephen Kirk, Lean Manufacturing
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We boast a long history of working within the care sector, being trusted by clients to successfully execute complex care home schemes for decades. We deliver full-package groundworks including enabling works, foundations, drainage, services, landscaping and section 278 works across the UK.
Our projects' achievements highlight the importance of early consultations, meticulous planning, utility coordination, and great communication with the client, fellow contractors, authorities and members of the public.
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“It is with much enthusiasm that I am writing to recommend the services of Shanco Contracts, further to the completion of our new care home project in Derby. Due to our long-standing relationship, we work with the Shanco site team as a partner and not a sub-contractor, and we have always been completely satisfied with the quality of their work; they deliver on programme and are a pleasure to work with. When challenges arise, they are met with a solution-focused, can-do attitude ensuring the project runs smoothly at all times. Well done to the Shanco team on another successful project.”
— Mark – Construction Manager
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We have a wealth of experience and understanding when it comes to groundworks for facilities management sites across the UK. These projects require thorough planning and coordination to ensure the key dates are met while maintaining excellent standards of work. Our extensive knowledge in this sector has proven to be an invaluable asset to numerous jobs over the years, providing innovative solutions to unique challenges.
As with any project, our focus on collaboration with our clients allows for carefully sequenced works and meticulously coordinated material deliveries around what are often live sites.
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“Having run sites for over 30 years now, it has been great to work with a professional team, who are courteous, knowledgeable, well organised and above all, get the job done. The Site Supervisor was outstanding, I would have no hesitation in recommending Shanco.”
— Robert Snook - Site Manager
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Our broad technical knowledge allows us to engage with specialist consultants in the design and planning stage to advise on buildability or alternative methods, and to offer practical considerations such as phasing and sequencing of the works. We can demonstrate the strength of our health and safety management system through compliance with all relevant legislation and industry standards.
Our extensive construction experience means we often work in partnership to advise on a wide range of activities which may be outside of your specialism, such as health and safety planning or site set-up. By engaging Shanco at an early stage, we can work collaboratively to add value to the overall project.
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“An exceptionally complex project was delivered on time and under budget. Excellent teamwork at every stage contributed to the project's success”
— Steven James - Client
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