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ProjectVault streamlines a 7-year construction project for housing association

First Wessex Homes is a housing association providing homes and services within local communities throughout Hampshire and parts of Surrey. It works closely with residents and surrounding communities to deliver high- quality homes and services. It manages and maintains around 20,500 affordable homes for rent or purchase; developing over 300 new homes each year.

The Challenge

First Wessex Homes manage a number of housing association projects and builds in any given year. These can range from short projects to those spanning up to and above seven years. They involve the management of numerous contractors, designers, architects, engineers and builders as well as all the build permissions and approvals needed from local authorities. These projects are costly: the build in question was a £100m seven year neighbourhood renewal programme, and the risk and room for error was very high given the timeline and size of the programme. First Wessex Homes needed a management solution to control the project at every stage and simplify the complexity of the task at hand.


- Complex build management
- Management of numerous contractors, designers, architects, engineers and builders
- Local authority permissions and approval
- £100m, seven year, high risk renewal project

Complex project over 7 years

Client used our ProjectVault system to manage their build

Digital documents and print all handled

The Solution

ProjectVault was launched for First Wessex Homes, providing them with a simple means of managing detailed project drawings and other documents, managing the projects and collaborating together online with ease of access, in one convenient hub.
Creating a single point of contact for multiple partners working on a project, the system collates all documents and information onto a platform that can then be accessed and shared. Not only is the system secure but it also creates ef ciencies and limits the opportunity for error - a factor that can be devastating to a construction project of this size.

The Result

ProjectVault has been hugely successful for the housing group - providing them with the perfect tool to assist them in their work.
Project Manager Richard Nightingale said that ProjectVault “gives us the confidence to know that the files that we are all accessing are the most up to date. Without this system a whole manner of things can go wrong and we can’t afford for that to happen. We have a job to do and ProjectVault makes working collaboratively very simple.”

The Benefits

  • Drawing and document management
  • Communication centralisation
  • Streamline all work flows and processes
  • Mitigate risk
  • Print distribution service available
  • Reporting and manage all tasks
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