Project BLC

The Construction Logistics Center (Bygglogistikcenter, BLC) originated from Hammarby Sjöstad, where the city on a voluntary basis coordinated a short-term storage for materials as well as coordination of waste management. As the project Royal Seaport became an environmental area in 2010 the decision was taken to invest in a construction logistics centers that would be established in the Royal Seaport to improve transport logistics.

The BLC project began in the fall of 2011 when a project team consisting of Fredrik Bergman, Leif Claesson and Maria Lennartsson of the City Development Administration started investigating how such a logistics center would be designed. Together with 3PL company Sonata a first study on logistics issues was carried out. During spring 2012, the project team formulated a business model and launched a project for a logistics center in Stockholm Royal Seaport - a Construction Logistics Center for resource-efficient and sustainable building.

The idea of the BLC is to create conditions and level playing field for all parties, both builders, contractors and subcontractors who come and work in our project, says Fredrik Bergman. We believe that everyone has the same conditions and the opportunity to become better at construction logistics, to bring development forward and discuss the subject. A significant environmental impact during construction are transport, waste and energy during production. If we can influence this in the right direction, creating the conditions for a sharper production, we have gained a lot.

City Development Administration chose to procure The operator of BLC through competitive dialogue - something that was not very tried and tested at the time. By implementing a qualification of the companies that submitted tenders and subsequently shaping the specifications were successful. -We received five tenders and went ahead with three. We conducted two interviews with each company and managed to get as much information about our needs, to be able to form specifications as accurate as possible. Among other things, a BAS price list was formulated commonly for the different services, which environmental requirements that would be stated and how waste management and inventory should be carried out. Thus we could get a more exact precision of the tenders and the right price.

The winning companies were Servistik AB; a Linköping-based company in inventory management and logistics, and transporter Wiklunds that handle shipments and waste management. Two private companies who invested in the concept.

During late autumn 2012 and spring 2013 foundation was laid for the whole concept including website, communication regarding Q&A folders, the entire education, etc. We worked with various so-called Functional Groups that were divided according to what we would do - BLC, Communications, IT, Contracts and Finance, Project, KMA.

- A big decision was that every one should complete training in construction logistics. The training were to suit everyone. We quickly realized that it must be divided into several levels, hence we created the basic, normal level and expert level training.

Meanwhile, in autumn 2012 we closed the deals for constructing the very heart of the Construction Logistics Center - warehouse spaces, warehouses, branch offices, gate systems and much more. NCC won the contract and tied Vällingby locks and Teletec around the gate control and management of computer systems. Radio communications was delivered by Winter Wireleless.

- A unique concept was created by us demanding that do would not have gatekeepers at each gate, which is common today. Together we developed a gate system solution that created the opportunity to control directly via the BLC and the transport booking system available. By using uniquely generated gate codes, "slot times", the gates opens exactly at the booked time, says Fredrik.

Opening ceremony took place during the May 15, 2013 with great fanfare.

An important part is that we have a business model and payment model for the entire BLC that create incentives for all involved parties.