Planning and built environment consultancy WYG has been granted the ISO 44001 certification standard, making it the first certified contractor to the UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

Attained through global certification body DNV GL, the certification was awarded to the company for its collaborative working approach on the British Army Basing Programme (ABP).

The standard identifies WYG’s collaborative business relationship management, which helped in the successful delivery of the Salisbury Plain Training Area Service Families Accommodation.

It also recognises the benefits such as improved performance and innovation, costs reduction, and mitigation of risk delivered due to WYG’s collaborative working.

WYG managing director Clive Anderson said: “Collaboration is at the heart of WYG’s approach to building client relationships. We are delighted to have achieved our first ISO 44001 certification through the Army Basing Programme (ABP) with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

“Salisbury Plain Training Area Service Families Accommodation is one of the largest army basing projects undertaken so far in the UK.”

“Our collaborative working methodology has played an important role in the success of the Salisbury Plain Training Area Service Families Accommodation, one of the largest army basing projects undertaken so far in the UK.

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“We look forward to strengthening our DIO collaboration with further ISO 44001- certified enterprises in 2019 as we work to become an industry leader in collaborative working.”

Using WYG’s collaborative methodology, which includes a joint relationship management plan and a joint partnering board, partners working on the project were able to understand ‘each other’s vision, values, and objectives’.

Under the ABP, a contract was awarded to Lovell in November last year to deliver 917  service families accommodation units at Bulford, Ludgershall and Larkhill.

ABP programme director Mark Duddy said: “I am thrilled that WYG has achieved the Collaborative Working standard while working on one of the ABP’s flagship projects the Salisbury Plain Training Area Service Families Accommodation project.

“This certification formally recognises our joint intention to work in a more collaborative manner to the benefit of the army and the wider customer base of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.”