ECI Webinar Towards Net Zero – Event Report

The recent European Construction Institute Webinar on Net Zero was a great chance to discuss the very significant opportunities presented by decarbonisation of the industrial and energy sectors.   Jenny Young from ECITB and Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer from IDRIC the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research & Innovation Centre provided insight into the work their respective organisations are doing to drive forward this important agenda.   The discussion was very timely in the … Continue reading “ECI Webinar Towards Net Zero – Event Report”

Future skills requirements to enable effective asset and project performance

As part of our engagement with the Construction Innovation Hub, a workshop was held in London on 18 February 2020. A diverse range of participants from industry, education and the public sector were asked the question, “what are your future skills needs for project and asset performance?” Following an introduction by Alison Nicholl, Head of … Continue reading “Future skills requirements to enable effective asset and project performance”

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”

Construction a force for good – recruiting the next generation

In November last year I was pleased to be given the opportunity to represent Constructing Excellence at an event hosted by the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum at Portcullis house. The seminar was a follow up exploring progress since the publication of ‘Building Better’ by the WSBF in January 2015 and concentrated on the importance of … Continue reading “Construction a force for good – recruiting the next generation”

The capability gap

The Construction Industry Summit this week flagged up skills shortages again, but I worry that the focus is too short-term and addresses today’s skills, not what we need in the future. The skills we need are those that will allow us to transform the industry and deliver on the targets in the industrial strategy Construction … Continue reading “The capability gap”