Laing O’Rourke was looking for better on-site control over consumables, PPE and small tools.
The implementation of AssetTagz within its Stores at The Whiteley project, saw over 100 different types of consumable, PPE and small tools being managed using a combination of barcodes and the more robust NFC tags. Existing Laing O’Rourke site ID cards and mobile phones were utilised removing the need for additional hardware.
The Whiteley, one of London’s most complex and high profile construction projects, is being delivered by Laing O’Rourke. Behind the grade ll listed facade, a Norman Foster designed landmark building will comprise 150 apartments, a 5* hotel, a cinema and gym with retail units on the ground floor.
Laing O’Rourke’s specialist engineering business, Expanded, began work on site in January 2020. AssetTagz had been used on previous Laing O’Rourke projects, most recently at its prestigious 150 Bishopsgate project, where the company had seen a significant drop in spend on consumables, a huge reduction in PPE usage and improvements to productivity so it was a natural progression to utilise AssetTagz at The Whiteley.
“The Whiteley is a huge project where over 5,500 people were employed overall. Successfully organising the removal of 30,000 muckaway trucks of waste and debris in central London was no mean feat,” explains Ian Seabrook, Health & Safety Manager at Laing O’Rourke.
“A large scale project such as this always comes with its challenges. It is very easy to overspend on low cost items such as PPE, consumables and even small tools, especially when there is there is little or no control at an on-site Stores facility. Unaccounted for, the cost of these trivial items can all add up.”