Inspire a generation

We British are natural born pessimists. After some initial euphoria on winning the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games in 2005, the “British Disease” kicked in and we reverted to type. “Waste of money”, “it will be late”, “it will be rubbish like the Millennium Dome” etc. When construction contracts were being tendered some … Continue reading “Inspire a generation”

Constructing Excellence welcomes Farmer Review

(first published 18th October 2016, updated 5th January 2017) We welcome the publication of the Farmer report (#FarmerReview) – and congratulate the team on excellent coverage in the Guardian and Telegraph amongst others. Construction News had a particularly good analysis. Ten industry symptoms: low productivity; low predictability; structural fragmentation; leadership fragmentation; low margins, adversarial pricing … Continue reading “Constructing Excellence welcomes Farmer Review”

Delivering Sustainability Digitally

On 4th October the Constructing Excellence theme groups on Digital Construction and Sustainability got together at the Turner & Townsend London offices to look at Delivering Sustainability Digitally.  Chaired by Paul Toyne the session explored how digital technologies and data can provide evidence to support sustainable decision making.  BIM (Building Information Modelling) was a key … Continue reading “Delivering Sustainability Digitally”

Construction KPI report 2016 released

This 36-page report, produced in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and endorsed by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Constructing Excellence, reveals a construction industry working hard to meet clients’ expectations and progressively improving its performance across a wide range of economic, social and environmental measures. The construction industry … Continue reading “Construction KPI report 2016 released”

Rio Lessons

Record UK results from Rio 2016, achieved through lottery funding, show real lessons in how the money was spent. Athletes spoke of the great backup. Laura Trott, for instance, made special mention of the huge support team which even importantly included a nutritionist. Another athlete showed the pillow she carried with her to ensure a … Continue reading “Rio Lessons”

The Circular Economy Revisited

After an oversubscribed session in February the Constructing Excellence Sustainability Theme Group revisited the subject of the Circular Economy in Construction on 7th July. The expert speakers were, Robert Spencer, Director of Sustainability, Environment (EMEA) at AECOM, Gilli Hobbs, Director of Resource Efficiency at BRE and Clare Ollerenshaw, Circular Economy Manager at the London Waste … Continue reading “The Circular Economy Revisited”

The future outlook for construction insurance?

Constructing Excellence recently hosted a roundtable discussion with key players from insurance and construction to discuss current trends and the future outlook for their sectors. The event was organised by Lucas Fettes and was chaired by Richard Heighton, their Managing Director. Key themes discussed included: New emerging risks in the sector; how technology and data … Continue reading “The future outlook for construction insurance?”