Constructing Excellence is a platform from which to stimulate, debate and drive much needed change in the Construction sector. Our thought leading members from the entire supply chain – clients, industry and users – share a vision for change through innovation and collaboration.
Constructing Excellence is funded and governed nationally by corporate membership, and invites anyone who wants to be part of the change process to become active members.
Download the Constructing Excellence 2019 Annual Report to read more about our recent work.
“Positively disrupting the industry delivery processes to transform performance.”
Superior outcomes from new delivery models featuring:
- A client-led transformation by procuring for outcomes and value
- Increased standardisation and pre-manufactured content
- Digitally enabled integrated teams working collaboratively with long-term relationships and aligned commercial arrangements
Our strategies to deliver excellence
- Focussing on data, benchmarking and practical tools for change
Showcasing innovation and best practice through:
- Pilot and demonstration projects
- Regional and national awards programme
Connecting our networks more effectively for impact:
- National, regional and local activity
- The next generation through Generation4Change
Influencing and enabling sector policy by:
- Working in partnership with other bodies to work in partnership with government including CLC and Industrial Strategy for a sector deal which makes a difference
- Providing opportunities for Constructing Excellence and its members to be hard-wired into sector transformation
What we do?
At Constructing Excellence we believe that industry improvement will be driven by all sectors sharing, learning, working together and driving innovation to deliver a demonstrably better built environment.
- Clients are at the heart of our agenda, accounting for 30% of our members.
- Our 9 regional centres operate extensive programmes tailored to the needs of the local industry.
- Our 30 best practice clubs bring together committed individuals at a local level to drive change and continuous improvement.
- Through Generation4Change we are inspiring a new generation of leaders who will transform our industry.
- Our 11 member theme groups explore the burning issues in delivering excellence in the built environment.
- We are extending our international outreach with 9 international alliance members.
- With 17 years of KPI data we are measuring how assets are designed, constructed and managed to benchmark performance and drive improvement.
- Through our training partners BRE Academy we are training a workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to deliver our vision of excellence through collaboration.
- We are shaping the strategic research agenda for our industry to identify and define R&D priority areas and influence research funders.
- We celebrate success through our regional and national awards programme.
We have a strong heritage dating back to the 1990s Latham and Egan reports and our more recent publications Never Waste a Good Crisis and Infrastructure in the New Era, We have been delivering best-practice and knowledge transfer for more than 20 years.* In August 2016 we became part of the BRE group of companies.
*Constructing Excellence was formed in 2003 when the following bodies merged: Reading Construction Forum, Design Build Foundation, Construction Best Practice Programme, Movement for Innovation, Local Government Task Force, Rethinking Construction, BE, Construction Clients Group.
Who we are
Heathrow Airport (Co-Chair of Constructing Excellence)
Phil joined Heathrow in 2003 and became Expansion Programme Director in 2017 accountable for delivering Heathrow’s third runway along with the infrastructure to support it. Previously as Development Director, Phil was accountable for all the Capital works at Heathrow. As Eastern Campus Programme Director, Phil, was accountable for the delivery of the airport’s new Terminal 2. This £2.5bn programme has provided passengers with a new, ‘state of the art’, terminal.
Before Terminal 2, Phil led the completion of the £4.3bn construction of Terminal 5 and prior to that he led the £350 million Terminal 5 Landside Development Project which included the successful completion of the Twin Rivers Diversion and M25 Spur ahead of programme and under budget.
Phil was previously Director of Civil Engineering with TPS Consult, where he was involved in private and public sector schemes from feasibility stage through to design, construction and completion. This included working for BAA on Terminal 5 and many other projects at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, as well as with many other clients. Phil has also worked both overseas and in the UK as a civil engineer for DHV and Mott MacDonald.
CEO Cast Consultancy (Co-Chair of Constructing Excellence)
Mark has 28 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors, 15 of those served as a partner of EC Harris / Arcadis. In 2016, he established Cast, a specialist real estate and construction consultancy. He is a member of the RICS, and is a Vice Chairman of the Urban Land Institute UK Residential Council and a member of the BPF Build to Rent committee.
Mark is the author of the October 2016 independent review of the UK Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’ jointly sponsored by BEIS and CLG and published via the Construction Leadership Council. On the back of this report, Mark is championing a gradual move in the UK towards more pre-manufacture led construction delivery to improve productivity and predictability for clients. In this regard, his work includes supporting the evolution of central and regional government policy as well as direct involvement with clients deploying market leading innovation in the UK.
Turner & Townsend (Co-Chair of Constructing Excellence)
David is the UK Infrastructure Managing Director within Turner & Townsend. David has spent 14 years with the business since joining as a graduate in 2004. During that time he has designed and implemented commercial strategies, assurance functions and managed major programme delivery teams for some of the most high profile capital investment programmes in the UK, including at Heathrow Airport, Anglian Water, High Speed 2 and Crossrail. David was previously Head of Cost & Commercial Services across the UK. He is also a member of the firms UK Board and Global Infrastructure Board.
David is passionate about industry performance improvement and has led research into effective commercial performance and assurance on major projects and programmes. Throughout his time with Turner & Townsend, David has actively contributed to industry improvement initiatives, including helping author the UK industry report, Never Waste a Good Crisis. David has sat on UK Government task groups forming a 2050 carbon strategy, chaired the industry collaboration group, Generation for Change and is now Co-Chair of the industry improvement movement, Constructing Excellence.
Turner & Townsend (Chairman of Constructing Excellence International)
Murray joined Turner & Townsend as a graduate in 1990, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2015. He also leads the CSR Committee. As global head of infrastructure he is responsible for setting strategic direction to drive growth in the transport, utilities and power sectors. In 2017 Murray was also appointed managing director Americas.
Murray was Chairman of Constructing Excellence from January 2015 to June 2017. He has also worked extensively with government and industry organisations in Asia, Australia and the UK on industrial strategies and improvement initiatives.
Milica Kitson OBE
Constructing Excellence in Wales
ProjectFive (Chairman, CE Clubs)
Built Environment Hub (Chair, CE Regional Network)
(Chair, CE Regional Network)
Professor Peter McDermott
University of Salford (CE in the North West)
Waterloo Air Products
CITB (G4C Co-Chair)
HS2 (G4C Co-Chair)
Proclivity (Chairman CELL)
Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence
Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence since 2007. Closely involved with many UK government and industry bodies, including the Strategic Forum for Construction, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority within the Cabinet Office, where he chairs a committee on new models of procurement for construction, and the British Standards Institution (BSI), where he is secretary to the committee on construction procurement.
Don has over thirty years’ experience of best practice in the building, engineering and construction industry, specialising in policy making, industry change, supply chain integration, collaborative working and sustainability across all sectors from housing to infrastructure. One of the leading figures in the UK construction industry ‘reform movement’, he was previously chief executive of the Design Building Foundation and the Construction Industry Board after an early career at the Building Research Establishment. In 2016 he was awarded a Simon Industrial Fellowship by the Alliance Manchester Business School to support their research and industry engagement activities in the infrastructure sector. Don has travelled widely around the world, providing strategic advice in over 30 different countries.