Constructing Excellence Newsletter, September 2020

Constructing Excellence


Welcome to the September issue of the Constructing Excellence Newsletter.  We’ve had a busy month with many of our theme groups meeting and work gathering pace on the Market Enablers Workstream of the Construction Innovation Hub’s Value Toolkit.  We are also delighted to welcome Kate Paul to the national team as Comms & Engagement Coordinator.

As ever if you want to talk through any ideas, comments or suggestions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


Alison Nicholl, Head of Constructing Excellence

News & Insights

Enabling the market to deliver value and outcomes

John Handscomb, Partner at Akerlof and Project Lead for the Market Enablers Workstream ponders two of the key questions that will enable the market to deliver value and outcomes. John discusses why we focus on days and pounds rather than outcomes and value and how the value toolkit can help solve the problems of unpredictability in a risky market. Read more here.

As a Project Lead for the Market Enablers Workstream, John describes the importance of the Value Toolkit for the society and emotional acceptancy of its metrics. The Toolkit is the market response element and a suite of tools to support faster, value-based decision-making process across the investment lifecycle. The major task now is to give greater definition to what society values are and to create methods and mechanisms for wider value to be understood, values and measured. More information here.

Join us at our Member’s Forum on 20 October where you will have an opportunity to share your views and insights on the market enablers for the Value Toolkit.

Project controls specialist LogiKal joins Constructing Excellence

We are delighted to welcome on board our new member LogiKal. LogiKal is a specialist Project Controls SME Consultancy, with 20 years’ experience of delivering complex planning and controls solutions on major infrastructure projects.

AI & Machine Learning summary of September Digital Drop In

In our September digital drop Patrick Scannell from Buildots led us through how they are applying AI and machine learning on projects. This sparked a healthy debate – click here to find out what we learned.

From Our Members

Seismic Consortium II Project

Constructing Excellence members blacc and Tata Steel are part of the Seismic II Consortium that is working on the future of construction for schools and healthcare facilities. Among a range of outcomes, the UKRI-funded project will create a set of standardised reconfigurable components, working closely with the Construction Innovation Hub to align platform interface standards. These components will reduce waste, cost and carbon dioxide emissions while increasing speed of delivery.  The £6m project has been granted additional £2.9m of funding to showcase the future of modern methods of construction (MMC) in the UK. More information here.

COVID-19 and construction: Early lessons for a new normal?

Research from colleagues at Loughborough University provides excellent insight on the impact of productivity including increased worker effectiveness and productivity, and improved housekeeping on most sites.

Updated Guidance for Information Management according to BS EN ISO 19650 published

BSI, the Centre for Digital Built Britain and the UK BIM Alliance have released a new suite of guidance documents to support the BS EN ISO 19650 series.

G4C Virtual Project 2020: challenging the industry, virtually

See the outputs from G4C’s Virtual Project 2020. From creating a dual-mentoring programme, creation of a hub or way of raising awareness of the various roles in industry so that other trades or professions are fully aware of one another through to a social media campaign- #wownotwhy to tackle the image problem of the industry.  One thing is for sure the next generation is set to shake up this industry, remember to get your new industry entrants involved! More information here.

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 here.

MMC, Circular Economy and Whole Life – Follow up discussion

8 October @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am BST, Online

Performance Measurement Forum

14 October @ 10:00am-12:00pm BST

Digital Drop In – October

24 September @ 11:00am-1:00pm BST

Members Forum October 2020  

20 October @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm BST, Online

Towards Net Zero – decarbonising the industrial and energy sectors  

25 November @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am GMT, Online


From Our Regions

CE Wales Award Winners 2020

The winners of the CE Wales Awards 2020 were announced during our online ceremony held on Friday 25th September. Congratulations to all our winners and highly commended! Take a look at the award winners here.

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