Industry leaders have set ambitious plans to drive improvement across the sector with the relaunch of the Strategic Forum for Construction.
In 2016 the Forum will be targeting delivery of four cross-industry work streams covering payment, pre-qualification, procurement models, and industry Commitments. The Forum will soon publish further details of each, along with details of how companies can get involved in each work stream.
The Strategic Forum was formed in 2001 to bring together representatives from the industry’s customers, contractors, specialists, professionals and products companies. Since 2013 it has been working with the Government to support delivery of the recommendations of Construction 2025, the industrial strategy for construction.
The reformation of the Construction Leadership Council, and merger of the National Specialist Contractors Council with the UK Contractors Group to form Build UK has seen a refresh of the Strategic Forum, making it more representative of industry while focussing on the delivery of key improvements for industry.
The Strategic Forum’s members are:
- Build UK
- Construction Alliance
- Construction Clients Group
- Construction Industry Council
- Construction Products Association
- Specialist Engineering Contractors Group
The Forum is chaired on a rotating basis by representatives from each of its six members. The Home Builders Federation and CBI also attend Forum meetings
Construction Products Association chairman John Sinfield said: “The Strategic Forum provides the whole industry with the opportunity to work together to tackle some of the major challenges that stand in the way of better, more efficient delivery for our customers. We are looking forward to pushing ahead with the Strategic Forum’s agenda in 2016, driving improvements across the sector”
Construction Industry Council chairman Tony Burton said: “As the only body that represents the whole of the construction sector, the Strategic Forum is perfectly placed to work collaboratively on major industry issues. Our members have agreed four key work streams for 2016, and we expect to see substantial activities this year in each area. In doing so we will help make life better for companies across the country”.
Constructing Excellence chief executive Don Ward said: “We welcome a revitalised Forum and will look to our Construction Clients’ Group to ensure the clients’ voice is as representative of all client sectors as possible. On a personal note, it is good to see that the organisation which replaced the Construction Industry Board in 2001, the body set up to implement the 1994 Latham Report and of which I was Chief Executive, is sustaining as the place where all the industry’s representative bodies come together to discuss cross-sector issues and agree common positions and actions including with government.”
For further details please contact Alasdair Reisner on 0207 340 0454 or [email protected]
The new Strategic Forum website can be found at: http://www.strategicforum.org.uk/