|Local subcontractors flock to town hall
Over 70 local subcontractors flocked to Wigan Town Hall last week (Wednesday 7 August) to meet ISG - the main contractor tasked with its transformation.
The supply chain event attracted 72 individual businesses and 86 visitors in total, all of whom were given an overview of the £6m programme and packages of work available.
Mike Sharkey, senior contract manager for Truline Construction in Wigan, said:
I found the event extremely useful. It gave us the opportunity to meet the people involved and to see whether our services may be of use on the project. Employing local people and creating apprenticeships is something Truline Construction already holds close to its heart, so it’s good to know ISG is also committed to giving something back to the local community. We’re definitely interested in working on the town hall.
Lindsay Griffin, design and bid production consultant, said:
The event was a fantastic networking opportunity; it gave us the chance to meet the client, learn about the project and offer our services.
The transformation of the town hall will begin this November, saving local taxpayers millions of pounds and providing jobs and training opportunities for local people.
In addition to meeting senior members of ISG’s project delivery team, representatives from Wigan Council and Wigan and Leigh College were also on hand to answer questions on the project and to discuss local employment and apprenticeship initiatives in the area.
Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet member for economy said:
"One of the key elements of this transformation programme is to ensure that the local community benefit. We'd like to see local companies working on this project and taking advantage of the economic opportunities available."
Once complete, the number of staff based at the town hall will more than double, from 250 to 600, and will save the council £1 million per year in overall running costs. The modernisation programme will see a significant reduction in the number of council buildings, from 24 to four - adding to the savings. Current running costs for 24 buildings and a back log of maintenance work is no longer viable for the council.