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North East team at Turner & Townsend backs OneVoice campaign

The North East team at Turner & Townsend, the global professional services company, backs the OneVoice construction strategy.

Led by Constructing Excellence in the North East (CENE), alongside Construction Industry Council North East (CIC), Construction Alliance North East (CAN) and Generation for Change (G4C), the cross-industry campaign aims to promote the North East region as a beacon for best practice in the construction sector.

OneVoice focusses on three integrated themes to drive cultural change across the built environment – climate, people and value. Over 80 individuals and organisations have now put their weight behind the campaign.

Turner & Townsend, which was established in Darlington in 1946, now operates in 46 countries and has 160 employees working across its Newcastle and Teesside offices. The business has a long history of collaborating across industry to transform performance across major projects and programmes.

Members of the team in the North East actively participate in the sector’s regional professional bodies. Stephanie Marshall, director, cost management, sits on the CENE advisory board and Rebecca Watt, assistant cost manager, is Tees Valley G4C co-chair.

Darren Laybourn, North East strategic lead, said: “We welcome the OneVoice campaign because its core values chime perfectly with our own ambitions to create a greener, more inclusive and more productive world. People development has also been at the heart of our business across our 75-year history.

“With net zero targets to meet and regional disparities to address this comes at a critical time, particularly as the North East is struggling with a skills shortage in the built environment. Industry’s ability to attract and retain skilled workers will determine how successful we are in achieving those outcomes.

“If our industry can come together and get the approach right then we will bring huge benefits to the people of the region and position the built environment sector in the North East at the forefront of best practice.”

Over the last year Turner & Townsend has invested in its team in the North East to grow skillsets in areas like digitalisation, modular and sustainability. It recently appointed Teesside director, Andrew Horsman, who is leading the cost management team to work with clients to drive innovation, enhance productivity, and improve social and economic value across its projects in the region.

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