The new Constructing Excellence website is now live

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As you may have already noticed our new website went live over the weekend. While there is still plenty of work to do, even in its current “beta” state it is still better than its predecessor, as good as that was at one point. In any case the plan is now to continuously improve the website […]

CE Members’ Forum on Procurement 11th February 2015

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The theme of the first Constructing Excellence Members’ Forum of the year was “Procurement” to tie in with the launch of our new Procurement Theme Group. Don Ward kicked off proceedings with a refreshed version of his standard introduction to Constructing Excellence which is now available to view on YouTube: The Procurement Theme Group The […]

British Standard BS 8534 on construction procurement

British Standard BS 8534 procurement framework

One of the less well known but most useful British Standards for our sector is BS 8534:2011, “Construction procurement policies, strategies and procedures. Code of practice”. It gives recommendations and guidance on the development of policies, strategies and procedures for the procurement of construction in the built environment. Figure 1 shows the procurement framework set […]

Construction innovation: does it matter?

View image | gettyimages.com Yes. Construction innovation is becoming essential for transformation of the UK industry, delivering value throughout the supply chain and delighting the end customer with the final outcome. In times of rapidly changing markets, technologies and communications, construction firms have become increasingly reliant upon innovations and improvement. The focus of attention on […]

CE Members’ Forum 08 October 2014

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The engines that power our work to develop and promote excellence in the built environment supply chain are our members’ theme groups. At any time we have 7-8 theme groups, typically meeting every 2-3 months to keep up-to-date with relevant developments, decide how Constructing Excellence needs to make a difference, and then deliver or oversee […]

Constructing Excellence Annual Convention and National Awards 2014

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Annual Convention On Friday 14th November, ahead of the Constructing Excellence National Awards 2014, G4C curated this year’s Constructing Excellence Annual Convention focussing on the image of the industry and the digitisation of construction. The Annual Convention brings together all parts of the movement, including national, club, regional and G4C members. As well as representatives […]

Perfect storm or burning platform? Better together – excellence in 2014 and beyond

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Last week was the annual gathering of the 50+ national, regional, local and younger generation organisations that make up the UK Constructing Excellence movement. Peter Hansford, the government’s chief construction advisor, presented the joint government-industry Construction 2025 vision, but it emerged in the convention hall that for CE and the leading edge of the industry, […]

Government trials, not tribulations

In its 2011 Government Construction Strategy setting out how the public sector clients need to improve, the Cabinet Office proposed three new procurement models to be trialled in support of the target to achieve savings of 15-20% by 2014/15. The procurement models were Integrated Project Insurance (IPI), Cost Led Procurement, and Two Stage Open Book. […]

Reach out to your local university

Much has been written about the government’s new sector strategy Construction 2025 published in July. The summary document is a good clear read and well worth a few minutes to review. To be honest, we’ve seen much of it before, and that’s good, we’ve known how the sector needs to improve for years and we […]

How did the Government Construction Summit move us forwards?

Lord Deighton is always refreshing, and opened the summit by promising “it is not about new initiatives but getting stuff done”. Ironically he was followed onto stage by Michael Fallon to launch the Industrial Strategy for construction. OK, the strategy is more of a vision than an initiative, targeting 33-50% improvements by 2025 in costs […]