16th September Journal Column

Web-LogoBy Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East

The Construction 2025 strategy released in July 2013 by the Government looked at how we could continue working together to increase the success of the UK construction sector up to 2025. It’s been three years since the report was released, so by now we should be well on our way to achieving the targets set.

As well as setting ambitious targets for our industry, such as 33 per cent lower costs, 50 per cent lower emissions and 50 per cent faster delivery, the report originally set out five key themes that the Government believe are key to the long-term success of our industry:

  • People- we should be known as an industry that has a talented and diverse workforce
  • Smart- we should be known as an industry that is efficient and technologically leading the way
  • Sustainable- we should be known as an industry that leads the way in low-carbon and green construction exports
  • Growth- we should be seen an industry that drives growth across the entire economy
  • Leadership- we should be seen as an industry with clear leadership from an organisation such as the Construction Leadership Council

Following the latest review for 2016-2020, there are more key themes to add. The updated strategy is more concise and focused than the previous one, focusing on just four strategic priorities; Client Capability, Digital and Data Capability, Skills and the Supply Chain and Whole-Life Approaches.

The new strategy aims to increase productivity in government construction and deliver a further £1.7 billion in efficiency savings from public sector construction – it’s good to have an actual figure rather than just a percentage like we were originally given.

This time the strategy is more realistic, recognising that this is work in progress and there is still much to be done, but a lot can be achieved in nine years. It focuses on the fundamental issues that are holding back the industry from being more productive, such as; leadership, procurement practices, client capability, BIM, collaborative working, skills and whole life costs.

The strategy states that, by implementing the action plan to achieve the strategic priorities, “increased productivity will facilitate forecast efficiency savings of £1.7 billion over the course of this Parliament”. As the strategy states these forecasts “cannot be achieved without a highly-skilled, high-performing industry”.

The Construction 2025 strategy is at the heart of our vision at Constructing Excellence, and we seek to speed up the rate at which engaged players achieve the targets for improvement.

Constructing Excellence in the North East are holding the North East’s Construction Summit on Tuesday 20 September, focussing on the Government’s Construction 2025 Strategy along with the recent review for 2016-2020. During the Summit a Question Time panel with the G4C North East professionals of the industry will be held, discussing skills, collaborative working and their views for the future of the industry.

To book your place at the Construction Summit please contact Lauren Proctor on 0191 5007880 or lauren@cene.org.uk.