Infrastructure ConstructionSix Sigma

Client: UK Infrastructure Construction Organisation

Assignment: Major Project Support

M6 Extension puts Lean Sigma on the Map

The Problem

The £120m upgrade of the A74 between Carlisle and Guards Mill – the ‘missing link’ in the M6.

This included two major structures crossing the River Esk and West Coast Main Line, demolition of the Mossband Viaduct and provision of an all-purpose road.

The Solution

The programme focused on Lean Sigma efficiency improvements in Approval, Design and Construction processes. Our approach was pragmatic: work with the team to identify projects with the highest potential value; provide on-the-ground consultancy to support delivery of improvements through the DMAICT methodology; transfer of knowledge and skills, giving our client internal capability for the future.

The Benefits

  1. £5m of savings directly attributed to Lean Sigma with notable individual projects:
  • Earthworks (£1.56m)
  • Piling Operations (£970k)
  • Post Public Enquiry Process (£950k)
  • Structures Design Process (£500k)
  1. An established CI culture, strengthening our clients position for future HA tendering

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