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Eight Big Themes for Future ActionLeadershipand Influence1 Understand the built environment2 Focus much more on the environment3 Find a cohesive voice for our industry4 Adopt new business models that promote change5 Develop a new generation of leaders6 Integrate education and training7 Procure for value8 Suppliers to take the leadFrom ‘Never Waste a Good Crisis’ Constructing Excellence, 2009Constructing Excellence is a catalyst for muchimproved performance to deliver better builtenvironments by gathering and sharing theevidence for successful innovation; providingguidance, training and other services; andleading and influencing all stakeholdersincluding government. We pride ourselves onour independence and objectivity in the pursuitof excellence through continuous learning andimprovement. Our core values are collaborativeworking and integration.Our approach is totally inclusive:Pan-sector: from housing and buildings toinfrastructure, from new build to maintenanceand refurbishmentCross Supply Chain: from end-users, facilitiesmanagers and clients to contractors,consultants, specialists and manufacturersLife Cycle: from the management,improvement and disposal of existing facilitiesto the design, construction and commissioningof new build or renewal projectsInterdisciplinary: building down barriersbetween all professions and trades, from theboard room to the factory floor and siteWhole Industry, Large and Small: a bridgebetween industry, clients, government, researchand training organisations at national, regionaland local levels as well as internationallyWe aim to enable our stakeholders to succeedand thrive in difficult market conditions andwhen the upturn comes, to take advantageof the twin crisis of economic conditions andfuture low carbon standards to speed up therate of change.‘Never Waste a Good Crisis’This report was published in October 2009. It sought to determine thelevel of industry progress since Sir John Egan's 1998 report RethinkingConstruction and to define the improvement agenda for the next era.The report was authored by Andrew Wolstenholme OBE of Balfour BeattyManagement with the support of a core group and over one thousandindustry people who contributed through workshops or an online survey.The report presents analysis of the evidence of progress to date and Andrew Wolstenholmeconsiders what has impeded further progress – in particular the four 'blockers' of businessand economic models, capability, delivery model, and industry structure. It identified eight 'bigthemes for future action' (see above) and 22 'quick wins' for industry leaders, government,and clients."... I congratulate the team on a thorough review and on pointing out the next steps on the wayto radical improvement – every crisis is an opportunity." Sir John Egan, October 2009.Influencing OthersWe collaborate with others to deliver as much impact as possible.Strategic Forum for ConstructionPeter Woolliscroft and Jon de Souza representthe Construction Clients' Group on the StrategicForum for Construction, and we congratulatePeter for succeeding Nick Raynsford MP aschairman of the Forum from August 2010. Jon isa key member of the Forum's Integration TaskGroup.Office of Government CommerceDon Ward is one of three industry members ofthe OGC's Construction Clients' Board, whichbrings together the chief executives of the mainspending departments. OGC commissionedConstructing Excellence to update theirprocurement guidance and to assess theperformance of government clients (Page11).Environmental SustainabilityDon Ward sits on the buildings sub-group of theInnovation and Growth Team of the Departmentfor Business Innovation and Skills to ensure thesector is fit-for-purpose for a future low carboneconomy. The members' sustainability taskgroup is contributing to this work. We havereciprocal membership of the UK Green BuildingCouncil.Parliamentary ReceptionsIn October 2009 Nick Raynsford MP andAndrew Wolstenholme launched ‘Never Wastea Good Crisis’ to the wider industry. In January2010, Ian Stewart, MP for Eccles, hosted ournuclear task group. The then Energy MinisterDavid Kidney addressed the audience ofindustry leaders and parliamentarians.Health and SafetyThe Construction Clients' Group is representedon the Health and Safety Executive's CONIACcommittee by Martin Winstone of SEGRO andIan Simms of Royal Mail.HighwaysAndrew Nash of Balfour Beatty representsConstructing Excellence on the HighwaysEfficiency Liaison Group.SkillsPeter Cunningham was a member of the Boardof ConstructionSkills from 2008-2010.AwardsAs well as our own programme of regional andnational awards (see page 14), many of ourmembers and senior management team arejudges for other prestigious awards, includingthose run by Building and Construction News.3


MembershipServicesSt Helensand WhistonHospitalsLearn from the BestExclusive site visits are organised formembers only; visits in 2010 includedthe Olympic Stadium, John Perryn School inEaling, and St Helens and Whiston Hospitals.John Perryn SchoolMembers’ Steering GroupIan Reeves CBE, McGee(Chairman from May 2010)Vaughan Burnand(to April 2010, as Chairman)Edwin Bergbaum, WatermanDavid Ferroussatt, BAAChris Gilmour, BAM ConstructRichard Haryott, ArupNeil Jarrett, CWCAndrew Kane, FaulknerBrownsJohn Lorimer, Manchester City CouncilBrendan Morahan, DerreenMurray Rowden, Turner & TownsendDavid Stanley, WatesMick Tetley, Galliford TryAdam Turk, PolypipeDominic Tutt, AstinsStephen Underwood, KierDavid Walker, EMCBE (regional centres)Tony Whitehead, Defence EstatesDavid Whysall, G4CPaul Wilkinson, pwcom2.0We aim to make a difference by adding value for our members and other stakeholders.The key test for what we do is, “What can members not achieve on their own, that is notbeing done better or more efficiently by other collective entities?"Task GroupsIn summer 2009 consultation with members identified five strategic issues as priorities fornew learning: Lean, BIM, Economy, Nuclear, and Asset Management.Lean Task GroupWith government adopting our message of 'more for less' as its ambition for procurement,this task group is led by Vaughan Burnand as a 'support network' for those seeking toimplement Lean principles. This includes 'show and tell' sessions at each meeting wheremembers share their own experiences. The group is also looking at the different types of Leantraining available which could be of benefit to members, and has benefited from two previousstudy tours to Japan.Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task GroupBIM is a key enabler for collaborative working and integration.With more clients beginning to consider the use of BIM,especially within the public sector, members haverecognised that this is an area where they need to sharenew knowledge. Chaired by John Lorimer of ManchesterCity Council, the group is considering what informationneeds to sit within a BIM model at each stage of the project process, and who should beresponsible for supplying it. In addition, a different member presents at each meeting ontheir experience of BIM.Economic Task GroupThis group, chaired by Steve Vickers of Birmingham City Council, identified that in the currentmarket conditions there is a significant risk of sub-contractor and supplier insolvency, especiallyamongst SME businesses – and that this risk could worsen in the upturn. The negative impacton a project's cost and progamme can be significant, so the group is finalising guidance forcompanies across the supply chain on how to mitigate this risk.Nuclear Task GroupFollowing an approach from EDF in 2009 to support their supplierengagement activity, this task group was established to bring togetherthe clients in the sector with many of our members engaged in thesupply chain as well as various government, regulatory and skills bodies.Now chaired by Sion Edwards of Mott MacDonald, the purpose of thegroup is to demystify the (non-nuclear) construction challenges andopportunities in the nuclear sector, and then promote all appropriateaspects of integration and collaborative working as the best means to deliver superiorperformance for all stakeholders.Asset Management Task GroupChaired by Kevin Thomas of Visionality, the group is considering the value that can be gainedfrom the involvement of asset and facilities management professionals in design and buildabilitydiscussions at the early stages of the project process. The outcome from this group will be acost/benefit analysis for such early involvement.4


Photo courtesy of Worthing HomesMember ForumsThe Annual Convention of October 2009featured the launch of ‘Never Waste a GoodCrisis’ (see page 3), for which AndrewWolstenholme was joined by Sir MichaelLatham and Sir John Egan.In April, some 20 members and some of ourdelivery partners were joined by the thenConstruction Minister, Ian Lucas MP, for adebate about the ‘Never Waste a Good Crisis’report. The discussion focused on value andhow a better built environment delivers abetter economy and a better society.Infrastructure ForumRichard Laudy and Graham Robinson ofPinsent Masons led discussions with a numberof key clients in the sector including Crossrail,Network Rail, the Olympic Delivery Authority,BAA, Environment Agency, Transport forLondon, London Underground and DefenceEstates. This will be followed by forums withthe supply side, followed by a final jointsession to develop a shared way forwardand a work programme for 2011.Innovation inPractice ProgrammeThis programme was launched in April 2009 asthe latest evolution of our demonstrationactivity. It enables us to work in greater depthwith individual projects and organisations byengaging academic partners to assist withmonitoring and knowledge capture. Theprogramme features either innovation at aproject level or organisational change. Projectsare accepted onto the programme followinga review of application forms by a panel ofindustry experts. Only national members ofConstructing Excellence can put forwardprojects and receive the resulting case studyoutputs. To date, five projects have beenaccepted onto the programme, as follows:– RELISHSustainable retrofit of existing stock(Worthing Homes)– ProCure 21+Procurement(Department of Health)– DCSF Offices, DarlingtonBuilding Information Modelling(FaulknerBrowns)– Birmingham New StreetValue(Mace)– New Co-operative Head OfficeManchesterSustainability(BAM Construct (UK) andCo-operative Stores)Sustainability Task GroupThis group is chaired by Paul Toyne of BovisLend Lease and has two important projects.It is considering whether it is possible, whenworking as a truly integrated team andembracing techniques such as Lean, to builda low carbon building for little or no additionalcost beyond what it normally takes to achievebuilding regulations standards. It is also workingwith the Sustainable Construction Task Group ofthe Strategic Forum to develop a methodologyfor calculating project-based carbon emissions.CollaborativeWorking ChampionsThis is a community of practice seeking toshare experiences and to mentor those lookingfor support. About 20 individuals from membercompanies and other champions participateand others are welcome to join following aninduction. The main activities are quarterlyshare-and-learn meetings; in 2010 guestpresentations included Steve Morgan of BAA,a visit to the Britspace factory on Humberside,and Defence Estates' Next GenerationEstates team.An online forum at www.cwchamps.ning.comis open to whole industry participants includingclients, contractors, consultants, suppliers andmanufacturers, facilities managers, academicsand students.Survival GuidePublished by the Collaborative Working Champions in September 2009, this is a short introduction to the procurementchallenges in a recession where 'business as usual' is not an option. Too many revert opportunistically to the old ways ofsingle-stage lowest-price tendering, where the risk is that the tender price bears no relation to the outturn costs and theresults too often include claims, broken relationships and a damaged reputation. The alternative advocated is to embracefull collaborative working systematically, working together earlier and smarter to eliminate waste and inefficiency betweenall parties for mutual benefit.5


CCG BoardSimon Diggle,Highways Agency(Chair fromAugust 2010)Peter Woolliscroft,Cyntra (Chair toAugust 2010)John Betty,Bath and North East Somerset CouncilCliff Jones, Department of HealthRob Knight, Igloo RegenerationTony Mulcahy, BISJames Preston-Hood,Grosvenor EstatesKevin Thomas, VisionalityGren Tipper, CyntraSteve Vickers,Birmingham City CouncilJon de Souza, CCG DirectorThe Construction Clients’ Group (CCG) continues to grow in both size and influence.Client participation has grown to 40 clients spread evenly across the public and private sectors.We help clients get better value from their construction procurement and are the only clientrepresentative body that works across all sectors of the industry and with both informedclients and those with less experience that do not have regular build programmes orresponsible in-house teams.Highlights of the Last YearOur Health and Safety Task Group, working withthe British Property Federation, commissionedresearch into the impact of the 2007Construction (Design and Management)Regulations. The results of this work werepublished in April 2010 to assist government aswell as other policy makers in reviews of CDM.We worked with government to betterunderstand the deleterious impact onconstruction delivery that a return to 'traditional'procurement and supply chain managementpractices can bring.A new Asset Management task group was launched in mid-2010, seeking to develop acost/benefit analysis of early involvement in the project process of asset and facilities managersand other stakeholders.The Year AheadIn July 2010 we took on the chairmanship and secretariat of the Strategic Forum for Constructionfor a period of twelve months. This gives an excellent opportunity to display real leadership of theindustry and to take forward the adoption of the Client and Construction Commitments, and wecongratulate Peter Woolliscroft on his appointment as chairman to succeed Nick Raynsford MP.A series of CCG regional conferences is planned for October 2010 to March 2011 in order to helpclients understand the latest strategic thinking and to grow membership of the CCG.The CCG continues to represent clients on a number of other high-profile strategic groups includingthe board of ConstructionSkills, CIOB's Chartered Building Companies and Consultancies (CBC)Board, and the HSE's CONIAC committee.CCG’s Client Commitments, 20096


The Year AheadG4C will continue to grow and drive the change agenda in2010/11. Initiatives will include:– Events to connect G4C members with their owncompanies' leaders and the current industry leaders– The creation of a 'sustainability kit' for members– Campaigns to drive industry change through securing"Leaders 4 The Future"– Further debates and breakfast seminars– Further regional branches.Strategic DirectionThe UK construction industry has neverneeded its future generation as much as itneeds it now! Consider some of the challengesfacing our industry today: renewing ourinfrastructure, the transformation of the builtenvironment to deliver an 80% reduction incarbon emissions, and the support required byasset users to drive out inefficiency and wastefrom the construction and operation of assets.If the industry is to deliver solutions to thesechallenges, we need a large talent pool ofengaged, adequately trained individuals fromthe next generation. This is where G4C helps.Through the engagement of its members itaims "to become the driving force for industrychange through the development andconnection of the future industry leaders.”The G4C Board recognise that the paceof change needs to quicken dramatically.They are intent on ensuring that the currentbatch of industry newcomers really are theGeneration for Change. Thus, G4C work onthree core themes:People: Attracting, effectively developing,connecting and retaining the necessarypeople required to drive the changeSustainability: Equipping memberswith the necessary skills to drive the industryand wider society towards a sustainable futureAsset Outcomes: Supporting the industry'stransformation from process driven to assetdriven solutions aligned to client and widersociety needs, focused on outcomes.Keith ClarkeHighlights of the Last YearActivities in 2009/10 included:– Supporting the 'Wolstenholme Review'(see page 3) including hosting consultationand launch events for G4C members– The introduction of free breakfast seminarsfor G4C members, topics includedsustainability and how to become anindustry leader– The creation of an online G4C community toenhance communication and share resource– Thought leadership pieces to voice theopinions of the next generation in Buildingmagazine, Construction Manager andConstruction News– An evening debate on sustainability hostedby Keith Clarke, CEO of Atkins, and PaulKing, CEO of the UK Green Building Council– The national G4C champion award went toAlex MacLaren of Wyatt MacLaren LLP– A dinner for the Board of G4C and theirsenior directors to raise awareness ofG4C's activities– The creation of the first regional G4C branchin Humberside.How and Why to Get InvolvedG4C membership is free to employees ofmembers of Constructing Excellence; eachNational Member should identify a champion.The benefits to individuals include:– Access to innovative industry thinking aroundthe change agenda– Opportunities to accelerate personaldevelopment beyond typical career paths– Greater understanding of the strategicdevelopment of the UK built environmentindustry– Opportunities to form peer networks withlike-minded future leaders.Organisations with G4C members benefithugely, as the next generation drives changeupwards through the business, and we havebegun to see G4C alumni emerging as presentdayindustry leaders.G4C BoardDavid Whysall,Chairman,Turner & Townsend(chair to Sept 2010)Matthew Armitage, KierDavid Beare,Mott MacDonald(chair from Oct2010)Will Barrett, Francis ConstructionAndrew Beadle, MaceHelen Blacker, Waterman StructuresEdward Blake, Turner & TownsendChris Davies, Buro HappoldAndrew Fettes-Brown,Sense Cost ConsultancyJason Gabb, UK-GBCSarah Hepinstall, Faithful+GouldAssad Maqbool, Trowers & HamlinsFred Mills, Willmott DixonDan Preston,Reynolds Porter ChamberlainChi Smith, Stevens BoltonJenny Parker, Constructing ExcellencePaul King7


Regional Centres and ClubsThe national coverage of local service deliveryand outreach is through a network ofindependent centres at key locations aroundthe United Kingdom. These centres provide“on the ground" support and delivery as wellas acting as hubs for local engagement andbest practice activity.Focusing on key areas of businessimprovement, capacity building andperformance measurement, the centres arethe hosts and the heart of various workinggroups, delivering sustainable improvementsin construction and the built environment.The centres work closely with local businessunits and their supply chains, as well as withkey clients and the Improvement and EfficiencyPartnerships. Many have a strong focus onSME support and all engage with the ethosof Constructing Excellence – fair payment,innovation and improvement through bestpractice.The national team of Constructing Excellenceand the ten regional teams bring togetherapproximately eighty dedicated directors,project managers and administrators acrossthe UK, with an excellent track record infacilitating a safe, sustainable, low carbonand continuously improving built environmentsector. These teams are in touch with over90,000 individuals and 45,000 companies.Although different centres have differentstrengths, the combined network is able todeliver such strengths anywhere.ProcurementGood procurement practices are essential tothe future success of our industry, and manyof our centres have been at the forefront ofsuch activities, from making clients aware oftheir responsibilities in the planning stages ofa project, through to the management of theprocurement process. The North West centreoffers core and bespoke procurement services,from one off workshops through to completeproject support.The West Midlands commissioned a report onprocurement giving guidance not only toclients, but also to contractors and suppliers.8


For those wishing to know more about theirlocal Club, all have websites accessible viathe main CE site. Many also have groups onLinkedIn, or contact can also be made withthe CE team or Roy Casey via LinkedIn andthey will put you in touch with your localClub's management committee.This year we were delighted towelcome Roy Casey as the newchairman of the co-ordinatingNational Club Steering Group,which is expected to take a moreproactive role in helping thedevelopment of the clubs overthe next year.Personal Improvement through Personal DevelopmentA series of DVDs is being produced in the South West, but involving other areas of the country,the first of which, ‘Ensuring a Safe and Healthy Project’, was released in mid-2010. Professionallyproduced, other DVDs are in production including ‘Assessing the Whole Life Carbon Impact ofYour Buildings’ and ‘Procurement’.SustainabilityThe sustainability of the built environment has become an important aspect of our industry inrecent times, with particular emphasis on new build, refurbishments and waste. The West Midlandsleads a Built Environment Sustainability Forum which meets quarterly and brings together keyfigures in the sustainability world in that region so that knowledge is shared.Constructing Excellence in Wales is providing support for the Wales Zero/Low Carbon Hub, a focalpoint for "the coalition of the willing" in Wales to share best practice and information. Many of thecentres are raising awareness and providing knowledge on sustainable buildings, providing practicaltraining on the Code for Sustainable Homes and promoting the use of BREEAM.WasteConstructing Excellence in Wales is delivering the Welsh Assembly Government's waste programme.The team is extending its Green Compass scheme to help builders use accredited waste handlersand have secured European funding to develop further the industry's efforts to reduce waste andmaximise recycling.Supporting the Continuous and Sustainable Development of SMEsThe centres provide small and medium-sized firms with access to support, whether governmentfundedor otherwise:– The North West Construction Knowledge Hub: Helping SMEs to be more productive, moreefficient and environmentally friendly– Essential E: A pioneering programme of VRQ level 2 training on Business Skills, Health & Safety,and Sustainable Construction for micro construction firms in the South West, but spreadingelsewhere– BEST East: Working with SMEs to transform supply-chains and delivery sustainable, triplebottom-lineobjectives– Building on Advantage: Providing business improvement to SMEs through client and contractorsupply chains in the West Midlands.ConstructingExcellence ClubsAt local level, there are 45 local Clubsacross the UK who run regular events,meeting between four and ten times a year.Combined with the regional centres, thesegive unparalleled coverage and access forcompanies of all shapes and sizes to theideas and activities of ConstructingExcellence. Typically Club events featurearound 30-60 people attending toparticipate in gaining valuable insight andlearning, share valuable knowledge on bestpractices and innovative ways of working,and use the great opportunity the Clubsprovide for networking.Don Ward spoke at 15 of the Clubs in2010 on ‘Never Waste a Good Crisis'(see page 3) and collaborative working inthe recession. Other popular topics includedupdates on the building regulations,sustainability and low carbon, and legaldevelopments. And both the London andBristol Clubs welcomed Paul Morrell, thegovernment's Chief Construction Advisoras a special guest speaker.Many spin-off business relationships havearisen from members of Clubs meetingpeople of a like mind – one such examplewas the creation of the Emcor UKInnovation Academy at City ofWolverhampton College, which wasestablished by two Officers of the BlackCountry Club.Another notable initiative is the WorkExperience Scheme run by the Herts andBeds Club. Now in its third year it gives arange of students a holistic taste of theindustry as they rotate through a range ofparticipating host companies completing anelement of a set project in each placement.9


The six success factors of integratedcollaborative working:Government-fundedProjects– Early involvement– Selection by value– Common processes and tools– Performance measurement– Long-term relationships– Modern commercial arrangementsStrategic Forum Integration Toolkit, 2006We work with a number of Government departments and other agencies, some of our commissions in2009/10 were as follows:Construction Industry KPIsFollowing a competitive selection process, Constructing Excellencewas appointed by the Department for Business, Innovation andSkills (BIS) in November 2009 to collect the industry data for theKPIs. Constructing Excellence has always been responsible for thepublication element of this work. This new arrangement providesus with a fantastic opportunity to ensure the continued relevanceof the indicators to the sector – we have established aMeasurement and Benchmarking Task Group, chaired by RichardSaxon CBE, to take forward a review of the current suite ofindicators and to make amendments as required. We expect toreport by early 2011.We are supported in this work by two key partners: Glenigan, the industry forecasting organisation, arecarrying out the industry surveys to gather the relevant data; and publication via the web is now deliveredwith the Centre for Construction Innovation of Salford University, who also doubleup as Constructing Excellence in the North West (see page 9).Building Information Modelling (BIM)We have a long-standing interest in Building Information Modelling (BIM), dating back to our 2003-6project known as Avanti – we envisage BIM as a major enabler, not to say driver, for collaborative working.BIS commissioned us to deliver a series of five case studies on projects that had adopted elements of BIMwithin the supply chain. In addition, we partnered with Northumbria University to undertake a study on anew office development in Darlington on which the use of 'cradle-to-grave' BIM was considered. All of thesepieces of work have been fed in as inputs to the work of the members' steering group (see page 4).Integration Demonstrations2009-10 was the final year of a long-term study carried outby Constructing Excellence into integrated and collaborativeworking on public sector building projects, with theIntegration Task Group of the Strategic Forum for Constructionacting as steering group for the work. We reviewed the extentto which ten projects (three healthcare, three education,three defence and one Olympic Stadium) had adoptedelements of integration and the impact that this had onproject delivery using the framework of the six successfactors (see top of page). The study found a clear causal linkbetween project performance and the extent to which integrated working had been adopted. Theseconclusions have been fed back to both industry, through the Strategic Forum, and government.Local GovernmentWe secured two projects with Local Government Improvement and Development (formerly IDeA) withfunding from the Department for Transport . These both considered the public sector's focus on 'more forless'. The first involved the delivery of eight case studies of local authority cashable savings, drawing outinformation on the 'Gershon returns' made by councils. The second saw us deliver 14 case studies on theimpact of 'Element 2' funding on recipient local authorities.10


OGCConstructing Excellence was commissioned by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) to deliver two projectswhich we believe will have significant value for the Constructing Excellence membership and the industry as a whole.Firstly, we are leading on a project to develop an assessment methodology to determine the extent to which publicsector procurers have embedded the Common Minimum Standards and the content of the Achieving Excellence inConstruction guides. An initial methodology, based on the matrix in the National Audit Office report Improving PublicServices through Better Construction (2005), has been developed and has been piloted with a number of governmentdepartments.Secondly, Constructing Excellence was engaged to refresh the Achieving Excellence guidance which was initiallypublished in 2003 in order to bring them up to date as well as to take into account progress of the industry wideRethinking Construction improvement agenda. The Guides have now been refreshed and are currently being consideredby stakeholders prior to republication.Constructing Excellence has continued its work that commenced in 2006 with BSI to develop a new approach toboth simplify and clarify what standards do for construction firms and the built environment. We now manage and runthe secretariat for the BSI Committee for a new standard covering Construction Procurement. This Committee has beenestablished for nearly a year and is also providing UK input into the draft ISO standard for Construction Procurement.The British procurement standard will be launched for consultation in Spring 2010 and finalised later in the year tocoincide with the date of the launch of the complete ISO standard. The input of our members will be critical in theconsultation process. The Committee also continues to provide input into the BS ISO 15686-5 covering Life CycleCosting.11


Delivery PartnersCELL (Constructing Excellence in Learning Ltd) was established in 2006to identify skills shortages and develop skills within construction industrysupply chains. In particular it worked with Kier Partnership Homes (KPH)and a pilot group of SMEs in their supply chain to develop the WorkingTowards Excellence programme which helped SMEs understand, validateand improve, where necessary, the skills KPH required for success withtheir customers.In March 2009 CELL became an Awarding Body and is able to createand accredit qualifications for the National Curriculum. Its clientsinclude the Collaborative Working Academy and SusCon for sustainabilityqualifications. CELL Awards also works with external organisationsincluding members of Constructing Excellence to accredit in-housetraining to enable the organisation to give their employees, and thewider industry, externally recognised qualifications.BRE has been Building a better world for almost 90 years throughcutting edge research, consultancy and testing services. BRE's unrivalledknowledge in regard to sustainability and innovation is used across thesector and in the corporate world to create better buildings, communitiesand businesses. BRE is part of the BRE Group of companies owned bythe BRE Trust, a registered charity, and the profits made by BRE go to theBRE Trust to be used to conduct a wide range of research projects.The strategic alliance between Constructing Excellence and BRE providesan opportunity to pool knowledge and resources to provide enhancedvalue-adding services to Constructing Excellence members and othercustomers.Features of the strategic direction together are:– Best practice knowledge transfer– Refreshing the improvement agenda– Providing a sharp focus on delivering value to customersThe Collaborative Working Academy (CWA) has been set up by CWC, inassociation with Constructing Excellence, to address the significant gap inconstruction management skills and industry capability required to deliverthe industry improvements outlined in ‘Never Waste a Good Crisis’ andpromoted by Constructing Excellence.All qualifications are certified by CELL Awards which has been approvedas an awarding body by OFQUAL. Qualifications available include aLevel 5 Dipoma in Collaboration and Integration in Construction, and acertificate in Open Book Cost Management.For more information on CELL and CWA please contact Amy Brownon 0207 592 1154.– Development (of new knowledge) and delivery (of existingknowledge)– Putting regional partners in the forefront of delivery anddissemination activity– Acting as a catalyst for change using proven strategic marketdevelopment practices– Driving forward a culture of innovation, value and evidencebased decision making– Promoting the importance of research and evidence-basedimprovement– Providing a more comprehensive range of expertise and servicesto members, regional centres and local Clubs.BRE also provides Constructing Excellence with corporate supportincluding finance and HR services.Photo Courtesy of Peter White12


Improving IndustryPerformance in 2010Where the Money GoesAs a not-for-profit organisation, any surplus that we make isinvested back into research or new products and services.As an organisation, Constructing Excellence is holding its own despite tough economic conditions.MembershipCorporate membership at a National levelgrew by 6% in 2010.IncomeMembership subscriptions accounted for43% of our funding in 2009/10, withgovernment commissions (predominantlythe KPI contract – see page 10) contributing37%. The national budget has stabilised atabout £1 million per year.National GovernanceOn succeeding as Chairman in 2010, Ian Reeves conducteda review of the purpose and governance of the organisation.The diagram shows the governance structure with effect fromSeptember 2010.13


Award WinnersConstructing Excellence National Awards 2009, Award Winners19 November 2009 saw the culmination of the third national Constructing Excellence Awards with the 'final' at Lords Cricket Ground.Since the north-east region began their awards six years ago, the Awards have grown to nine regional events covering Wales and all the Englishregions, collectively attended by around 3000 people. This year, 11 winners were recognised across a range of categories in line with the ConstructingExcellence core agenda:Young Achiever (G4C award)Alex MacLarenWyatt MacLaren Architects LLPShortlisted:• Edd Mitchell, Turner & Townsend• Sarah Page, Willmott Dixon Construction LtdLeadership &People DevelopmentConlon ConstructionHighly CommendedLakehouseHighly CommendedSeymour (CivilEngineering Contractors)Shortlisted:• Balfour Beatty, PPHJV Project• Balfour Beatty Construction Northern Ltd• The Refurbishment of Blackpool’s councilhousing using Decent Homes Funding• Cundall• Opus International Consultants UK Ltd• Bardon ContractingIntegration &Collaborative WorkingMonmouthshire Counciland Willmott DixonHighly CommendedLaing O'Rourke Walesand West for FromeCommunity HospitalHighly CommendedEfficiency NorthHighly CommendedSandwell Decent HomesPartnershipShortlisted:• Metropolitan Police Service working withDrivers Jonas LLP and Mansell plc / SaferNeighbourhoods Programme Stage 2• Excelsior Academy• Vinci Construction UK Ltd• Morgan AshurstThe Legacy Award, SustainabilityOlympic Delivery AuthorityHighly CommendedRobert Woodhead Ltd,Varsity Rise, Manby forLincolnshire Rural HousingShortlisted:• WYG Engineering Ltd, Lafarge Ferrybridge• Cornwall Council, Truro Park and Ride• Lancaster University Residences• Saltholme Wildlife Reserve/Discovery Park• Kier North East, Project ZEBRA @ LionHouse, Alnwick• Balfour Beatty, Birmingham New HospitalsProject• Laing O’Rourke Wales and West, CardiffCentral Library• Newport High School• Enderby Park and Ride, Leicester• British WaterwaysInnovation AwardLaing O'RourkeShortlisted:• Wates Construction Ltd, Leeds• Crown Bio Technology, Safe Soil Tester• cube_design, Cleeve School, Cheltenham• Pennine Vibropiling• Tarmac, TarmacDry• Monmouthshire Council and Willmott DixonConstruction Ltd• Midlands Highways Alliance led byLeicestershire County CouncilValue AwardLiverpool City Council(City Centre MovementStrategy, Public Realm Works)Shortlisted:• ISG Regions Ltd, All Saints School, Bradford• Stubbs Rich Architects and Kingerlee Ltd,Begbroke Science Park, The Universityof Oxford• Bath and North East Somerset Council andMace Ltd, St Keyna Primary School• Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council,Middleton Arena, Rochdale• Turner and Townsend and the City ofSunderland CollegeHealth and Safety AwardLaing O'Rourke(North Wales Childand Adolescent MentalHealth Unit)Shortlisted:• Kier Northern• Kier Western• Byzak Ltd• GF Tomlinson Birmingham LtdSME AwardLawson ConstructionShortlisted:• R&S (Hull) Ltd• CIBSE• Abbey Environmental Services• Freemont R&R• Spring Oak Developments LtdAchiever’s AwardDavid Mosey, Trowers & HamlinShortlisted:• Geoff Lister• Paul Bright• Roger Stone• Paul O’Brien• Tony Hyde• Mark AdamsClient of the YearShoreline Housing PartnershipHighly CommendedJane Ritchie for The Work PlaceShortlisted:• Somerfield Stores• Manchester City Council Capital ProgrammeDivision• Magnox North• North Northamptonshire DevelopmentCompany• Corby Borough CouncilProject of the YearCleveleys Coast Protection &Environmental EnhancementsPhases 2&3Runner-upDerby RoundhouseShortlisted:• East Riding of Yorkshire Council, The Spa,Bridlington• Stubbs Rich Architects and Kingerlee Ltd,Begbroke Science Park, The University ofOxford• cube_design, Lytchett Minster School, Dorset• The Infinity Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees• Laing O’Rourke Wales and West, CardiffCentral LibraryClient of the YearShoreline Housing PartnershipProject of the YearCleveleys Coast ProtectionInnovation Award, Laing O’Rourke14


MembershipNational Members as of 1 September 2010ClientsArgent GroupBAABAe SystemsBath and North East Somerset CouncilBBCBirmingham City CouncilBT GroupCo-operative StoresCyntraDefence EstatesEast Riding of Yorkshire CouncilEDF EnergyConsultantsArupBuro HappoldCapita SymondsCWCDavis LangdonDerreenErnst & YoungEvershedsFaulknerBrownsPML GroupRider Levett BucknallScott BrownriggMaceMansellMorgan SindallMorrison ConstructionGalliford TryOpcoShepherdSkanska Integrated ProjectsTarmacThomas Vale ConstructionVinciWates ConstructionWillmott DixonAssociatesBritish Property FederationChartered Institute of BuildingConstructing Excellence New ZealandMineral Products AssociationOPET (Portugal)UK Green Building CouncilUniversity of ReadingEnvironment AgencyFold Housing AssociationGrosvenorHighways AgencyIgloo RegenerationLondon Borough of SouthwarkMagnox NorthManchester City CouncilMarks & SpencerMinistry of JusticeNationwide Building SocietyOlympic Delivery AuthorityProCure 21Royal Mail GroupSandwell Metropolitan Borough CouncilSEGROWestfield GroupWorthing HomesSGH LLPSpitfire ConsultancyTrowers & HamlinTurner & Townsend GroupVisionalityWaterman GroupContractorsBalfour BeattyBAM ConstructBarhale ConstructionBovis Lend LeaseBowmer & KirklandCara ConstructionDawnus ConstructionGF Tomlinson GroupHiggins ConstructionISG Cathedral ContractsKier GroupSpecialists,Manufacturersand Suppliers4ProjectsAggregate IndustriesArmstrong IntegratedAstinsCoubariDHL/ExelDovehouse InteriorsJohn Doyle GroupManagement Process SystemsMarshallsMcGee GroupPolypipe TerrainSolarempowerSword CT SpaceTekla15


Constructing ExcellenceWarwick House, 25 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PPTel: 0207 592 1100helpdesk@constructingexcellence.org.ukwww.constructingexcellence.org.ukCentre for Construction Innovation North WestCUBE, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DWTel: 0161 295 5076enquiries@ccinw.comwww.ccinw.comSouth East Centre for the Built EnvironmentBuilding 19, Acacias Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5AQTel: 0118 920 7200info@secbe.org.ukwww.secbe.org.ukConstructing Excellence in the South WestUniversity of the West of England, Rm 3012, School of the Built & Natural Environment,Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QYTel: 0117 328 1564info@buildsw.org.ukwww.buildsw.org.ukConstructing Excellence in the North EastAllergate House, Belmont Business Park, Belmont, Durham DH1 1TWTel: 0191 374 0233enquiries@cene.org.ukwww.cene.org.ukConstructing Excellence in the East of EnglandTel: 0126 856 9190john.hall@constructingexcellence.org.ukwww.constructingexcellence.org.uk/regions/eastenglandWest Midlands Centre for Constructing ExcellenceEmbassy House, 5th Floor, 60 Church Street, Birmingham B3 2DJTel: 0121 688 4050info@wmcce.orgwww.wmcce.org.ukEast Midlands Centre for constructing the Built EnvironmentLoughborough Innovation Centre, Unit 114, Epinal Way, Loughborough LE11 3EHTel: 0150 922 5800info@emcbe.comwww.emcbe.comConstruction Sector NetworkSchool of the Built Environment, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds LS2 8AGTel: 0113 812 0000cke@leedsmet.ac.ukwww.leedsmet.ac.uk/ckeConstructing Excellence in Wales2nd Floor East, Longcross Court, 47 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0ADTel: 0292 049 3322info@cewales.org.ukwww.cewales.org.ukConstructing Excellence in Northern IrelandRoom 1K01, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland BT37 0QBTel: 0289 036 6215info@constructingexcellence.ulster.ac.ukwww.constructingexcellence.ulster.ac.uk© Constructing Excellence | Published October 2010Constructing Excellence is committed to reducing its carbon impactAny part of this document may be reproduced provided that the source is acknowledgedProduction: www.quickbrownandfox.com | Photographs, front cover to back cover, top left to right courtesy of: Civil Justice Centre, Manchester, Mott MacDonald; CleveleysCoastal Defence, Birse Civils; Technology Centre, Vinci Construction UK Ltd; Wylfa CO 2 Tanks, Magnox South Ltd; Olympic Stadium, ODA; Biodiverse planting to roof terrace,Bovis Lend Lease; Olympic Park, ODA; Victorian Terrace, BRE.

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