Constructing Excellence May Newsletter | Performance Measurement KPIs Questionnaire

Constructing Excellence

Welcome to our May newsletter!

There is so much going on at the moment, so we have decided that from June we will be communicating with you bi-weekly.

We have new members, VenDigital, to welcome, insights into our award winners and the opportunities for our sector in the Queen’s Speech. Our Performance Measurement Forum is seeking your views on what is being measured, so please fill in our questionnaire! Your views matter!

Nonetheless, we have an online Members Forum where we will be debating how to create an Innovation Culture and I encourage you all to join us.

As ever, please get in touch if you want to talk through your ideas and thoughts!

Alison Nicholl, Head of Constructing Excellence

Join Us – Creating an Innovation Culture event

Join the Constructing Excellence Members Forum to explore how we create an innovation culture in the built environment. The event will be in a panel discussion format, touching on a primordial topic – innovation culture. With your help, we want to explore what is needed to achieve the innovation culture and how can it be nurtured. Moreover, we want to delve deeper into understanding where does great innovation come from?

Our panellists are:

Ben Fenwick @ Project Manager, Arcadis

Dr Steven Yeomans @ Head of Digital Construction, Construction Innovation Hub

Julie Barry @ Head of Business Development, RIFT Research & Development

Professor Chris Goodier @ Professor in Construction Engineering & Materials, Director of Centre for Innovative & Collaborative Construction Engineering, and Director of Doctoral Programmes, School of Architecture Loughborough University

Dr Oliver Jones @ Research Director, Ryder Architecture

The session will be chaired by Alison Nicholl @ Head of Constructing Excellence.

Get your tickets to the Creating an Innovation Culture event.

Performance Measurement KPIs Questionnaire

The Constructing Excellence Performance Measurement Forum is carrying out this questionnaire to understand what is being measured and by whom across the industry. The Performance Measurement Forum aims to help measure, benchmark, understand and improve project performance. All answers will be anonymised and we will report back on our findings. To find out more about Constructing Excellence visit or email us @ [email protected].

Submit your answers to the questionnaire.

VenDigital Joins Constructing Excellence

We are excited to welcome VenDigital as our newest members!

VenDigital delivers data-led accelerated cost transformation. VenDigital achieves this by combining multi-disciplinary consulting expertise and their proprietary digital platform – through their Insights360 methodology – to generate and embed client-specific operational insights. An award-winning UK top-20 management consultancy, VenDigital works across procurement and supply chain; operating strategy; cost and value engineering; and portfolio management to deliver tangible, quantifiable cost benefits for clients.

Visit our website to learn more.

Winner Client of the Year Award: Ministry of Justice – Key Learning Points

Our series of case studies look at the key learning points from our 2020 award winners and highly commended.

The Wellingborough Prison project reflects the bold aspirations of the Ministry of Justice UK to create safe and decent accommodation that facilitates the rehabilitation of the prisoners. Together with Kier Group, the Wellingborough project is used as a platform to educate, train and inspire industry professionals to uptake digital, and MMC approaches.

Queen’s Speech – Key Takeaways

A new session of Parliament opened on the 11th of May with the Queen’s Speech setting out 25 pieces of legislation the Government plans to pass in the next year. Securing the recovery from the pandemic will be the priority, followed by ‘levelling up’ – aiming to invest in projects and services across every part of the UK to spread economic growth.

We have extracted the following bills and initiatives which might be relevant to your company’s work (quotes taken from the full briefing on the Speech):

Read the detailed points.

Conversations on Net Zero Sessions Kick Off

We are so excited to announce that our Conversations on Net Zero series has kicked off!

We have invited Sam Jones, James Adshead, Jonathan Hunter, Jonathan Lunn and James Prime, the team behind the award-winning project The Catalyst, to walk us through their journey in achieving high levels of sustainability. Here are the top takeaways from our conversation:

For more information, read our blog.

People of Constructing Excellence Share Their Stories

May marks the National Share a Story Month and as part of this, we want to shine a light on some stories from our brilliant Constructing Excellence family! This storytelling campaign aims to break down the myths around careers in the construction industry and, nonetheless, help people connect and relate to one another, establishing stronger relationships.

People are at the core of Constructing Excellence, and we hope their stories will inspire you, move you and put a smile on your face! Get in touch to share your story @ [email protected]

Read their stories.

CLC is Looking for Industry Input on Demonstrating Net Zero Progress

The Construction Leadership Council’s Net Zero workstream, CO2nstruct Zero is seeking views on how the industry should demonstrate progress on its collective Net Zero journey.

The findings will feed into the creation of a performance framework – a suite of metrics, targets, milestones and commitments – that the industry can use to measure impact and understand when and where further action needs to be taken.

Take CO2nstruct Zero Performance Metrics Consultation Survey.

Meetings & events

These meetings are open to national members of Constructing Excellence and invited guests. Contact [email protected] for more detail. Please register your interest by using the links provided below or directly on our website.

Collaborative Working Mentors Q2 Meeting                     11 June @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm BST, Online

AWP – European Community of Practice Drop In                    11 June @ 12:00am – 13:30am BST, Online

Creating an Innovation Culture                                              16 June @ 10:00am – 11:30am BST, Online

Performance Measurement Forum – MMC Platforms        23 June @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm BST, Online

Conversations on Net Zero, July 2021                                  7 July @ 12:00pm – 13:00pm BST, Online

Join Constructing Excellence

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.

Joining Constructing Excellence will expose you and your company to a collaborative and innovative culture that is leading the movement of creating a better-built environment. You will have access to a wide selection of events focusing on Net Zero, Procurement, Digital, Offsite Manufacturing & Technology, and Performance Measurement to the latest news and insight from the industry. There’s no better time to join than now!

To find out more, get in touch at [email protected]

From our partners

Contract Virtual Strategy Summit

The CII Contract Strategy Virtual Summit focuses on exploring traditional and collaborative contracting models for construction project owners, contractors, suppliers, service providers and consultants. Representatives from ECI will be sharing insights on the Project Collaboration Toolkit.

Register your interest to attend the summit.

Global collaboration on the adoption of Advanced Work Packaging (AWP)

ECI is collaborating with Group ASI to deliver an insight into Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) from a European Perspective. This is the first of a regular series of AWP Community of Practice Drop Ins.

We will be looking at:

    • How is AWP being applied on major projects across Europe.
    • De-mystifying AWP

This is an exciting opportunity to find out more about AWP and connect with leading practitioners so join us on the 11th of June to engage in this community!

Book your tickets.

Boosting digital transformation of local authority construction projects

A new tool has been released by the Construction Innovation Hub to help local authorities transform how they design, build and use their buildings digitally. The Local Authority Government Soft Landings (GSL) Interactive Navigator has been developed in association with the National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF) and the Local Government Association (LGA) to help councils to get the most out of their buildings and estates.

Find out more and access the tool.


Upcoming G4C events

G4C – Generation for Change – hold regular digital drop-in sessions on the last Wednesday of the month. For us it is important that all young people get the opportunity to meet one another, influence decision-makers and develop their careers in construction. So [email protected] now!

Monthly G4C drop-in June 2021  30 June, 2021 @ 16:00 pm – 17:00 pm BTS, Online                                                   

G4C Humber & Yorkshire yearly events calendar

As everything has now fully transitioned to the virtual realm, there are great opportunities to get involved in various webinars, so have a look at the yearly Yorkshire & Humber events calendar and choose what inspires you!

Visit the G4C website for more information.

Why Professional Membership is Important

Kat Seymour, Regional Manager (North) at CIOB, is unpicking why professional membership is important and how is that impacting your professional development.

“Working for a professional body, I am often asked if chartered membership is worth it. Becoming a chartered member of any worthwhile organisation requires dedication, professionalism and experience, as well as taking time and effort.”

Read Kat’s blog.

G4C – the ‘Next Generation’ construction podcast

The ‘Next Generation’ Construction Podcast EP8 – Jack Cook’s Reflection on the Last 12 Months. Jack Cook reflects on the last 12 months working in the construction industry through a pandemic. Jack’s talks about the good, the bad and the ugly of the last 12 months and his goals for the next year with G4C and working in the construction industry.

Listen on Spotify.

G4C South West Podcast

For the second episode of the G4CSW podcast series (part of Constructing Excellence South West), Lizzy Painter chats to Toby Child, a project geophysicist at TerraDat UK Ltd. Toby discusses the kind of work a geophysicist does in the construction industry, his own experience of getting to where he is today, and what he thinks the future of the construction industry holds.

Listen on audioboom.

From our regions

Constructing Excellence Wales: How to build active buildings?

Learn more about sustainability in construction and the design of active buildings with three events from SPECIFIC that are also part of their 10-year birthday celebrations.

Visit Constructing Excellence website to find out more.

Book your tickets to the upcoming SPECIFIC events.


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They are passionate about bringing busy professionals the best learning we can find to enable you to be the leader that your organisation and the world needs.

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