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.
Our Annual Report:
Download the Constructing Excellence 2020 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 Strategy - To drive the movement through 2020 and beyond.
Positioning the Constructing Excellence
movement in the right places with the right
stakeholders to transform performance.
Growing our membership
Adding value to our existing members and attracting the organisations that
can drive and enable change.
Delivering quality outputs
Consider how the outputs we create
provide greatest impact to drive change in the sector.
Increasing our profile in the right channels.
Knowledge & Data
Creating a hub of excellence, enabling members to share best practice and build on our KPI capability.
Nurturing and accelerating the
progress of future leaders with Generation4Change.
Collaboration with others
Working with the right organisations and bodies to deliver our mission and vision.
Creating the foundations and leadership to ensure clarity, consistency and quality.
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.
- 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
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.
(Chair, CE Regional Network)
Professor Peter McDermott
University of Salford (CE in the North West)
Waterloo Air Products
Director, Starspan (G4C Co-Chair)
Caroline Key has worked in the sector for over 13 years. She is national co-chair of the Generation 4 Change Initiative, but Caroline can also be credited with significant contributions to the industry thanks to her past work with the Construction Industry Training Board and working with Constructing Excellence. She is well known throughout industry, with expertise including programme and project management, the development of digital construction strategies, fund management, and the integration of social value benefits into construction. Caroline currently runs her own construction consultancy, Starspan, and is managing the delivery of approximately £20m of construction work.
Kier (G4C Co-Chair)
Ruth is the national co-chair of G4C. G4C provides a unique environment whereby those who are new to the industry can find camaraderie, share ideas and use the network as a platform for getting their voices heard in the industry. The G4C network is an opportunity to be at the forefront of innovative industry thinking and best practices in the sector. Through this role, Ruth has a particular personal interest in promoting and advocating careers in the construction industry to young people through improved accessibility, better industry image and raising awareness of the breadth of professions and roles available. Professionally, Ruth has worked in the industry for over a decade and has been a construction solicitor for over 5 years. She is currently a Legal Counsel for Kier, supporting both their infrastructure and highways businesses. Ruth also has an academic interest in construction law, having recently completed an MSc in Construction Law & Dispute Resolution at King’s College London.
Director - Operations (London) - Sir Robert McAlpine
Deputy Director, Civils Programme at EDF Energy
Market Development Director - Polypipe Terrain
Head of Infrastructure Procurement, Finance - Heathrow Airport
Malcolm joined Heathrow in 2020 as the Expansion Programme’s Head of Procurement accountable for delivering the procurement activity for Heathrow’s third runway and associated infrastructure to support it. Malcolm has since taken up the post of Head of Infrastructure Procurement, Finance where he is accountable for all the procurement activity supporting the Capital works at Heathrow.
Before Heathrow, Malcolm managed teams at Transport for London, Crossrail and London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 delivering projects from inception to completion. During that time, Malcolm also co-authored the procurement module of the IPA’s Initiation Routemap which is due a refresh in 2021. Malcom is a chartered surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Malcolm has also worked in the consultancy arena on private and public sector schemes, such as the Ontario Tower in Canary Wharf London, from feasibility through to design, construction and completion.
Executive Director - BRE
Head of Constructing Excellence
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.