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Birmingham City Council and BCU Award Students
Successful partners Birmingham City Council's Urban Design and Birmingham City University celebrated the achievements of some outstanding students at the first Student Awards for Excellence.

This prestigious event held at the Council House celebrated the innovative partnership and commitment to collaborative working that has taken shape in the last year. The awards highlighted the excellent standard of work achieved by current BCU students across projects, dissertations and technical application. Categories included the Best use of Computer Assisted Measurement Software, Best Legal Assignment, HNC Construction Best Student Prize and Project Team Awards.

Birmingham Partner with 6 Local Authorities
Representatives from Birmingham City Council joined forces with other Local Authorities across the West Midlands to publicly show their commitment to collaborative working on construction, design, procurement and delivery in the region, by signing a charter to work together for the benefit of residents and businesses of the West Midlands.

The collaborative working group initiated in January 2007, brings together representatives responsible for Construction activities from Birmingham City Council, Dudley MBC, Sandwell MBC, Walsall MBC, Solihull MBC, Wolverhampton City Council and Coventry City Council. These representatives meet on a regular basis to develop closer collaborative working to drive change, efficiency and to share best practice for the joint benefit of the West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities.

Planting a successful community centre
Staff and children at Park Road Children's Centre are really starting to feel at home in their centre, so much so that they are even planting vegetables in the garden.

Work on this much needed project started back in February 2007 to replace the existing Park Road Nursery School in Sparkhill, with Birmingham's largest Surestart scheme to date, valued at £7m

From the very early stages, teachers and users were involved in the concept brief so that the Urban Design team of Architects and Quantity Surveyors at Birmingham City Council could fully understand the needs and requirements of the end users.

Sustaining the Promise
The Birmingham Construction Partnership (BCP) was launched in 2004 to deliver Birmingham City Council's capital building programme. Since its launch, the BCP has been at the forefront of partnership frameworks and they celebrated their achievements with a 'Delivering the Promise' event.

In 2008, it was all about sustaining the Promise. The Partnership, Clients, Councillors and guests came together on 8 May to celebrate an array of remarkable achievements. This included the launch of the BCP's long awaited Best Value Report, which revealed whether or not the partnership has been a success. The Best Value Report also details the value of moving from lowest cost tender and seeks to measure the benefits of partnership working in its first three years.