Collaboration – transforming construction together

Press release 06/09/2013 15:12 CET

Almost 100 delegates heard Peter Hansford, the government’s Chief Construction Adviser, spell out his views on the benefits of collaborative working at a Skanska-hosted industry debate

Skanska collaboration event

The event was held at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Westminster on Thursday 5 September.

Peter Hansford, the government’s Chief Construction Adviser, set out the joint industry vision for 2025. He argued how, over the next decade, the industry can drive value, achieve savings, reduce interfaces and deliver ‘right first time’ projects through a collaborative model of delivery.

He said:

“We can achieve this through developing a talented and diverse workforce within an industry which is inspiring to young people and one they wish to be a part of.

“We should be making best use of new technology too, driving innovation and building the UK’s competitive advantage in smart construction and digital design through the Built in Britain agenda.

“Ultimately, we can be an industry that drives growth across the entire economy.”

Skanska President and CEO Mike Putnam delivered an address providing an industry perspective. He set out examples of how collaborative working has helped drive value, efficiency and benefits to customers across sectors including road, rail and water.

An audience debate followed, with David Glover, AECOM CEO Global Building Engineering and Neill Carruthers, Network Rail’s Head of Collaborative Working, joining Peter Hansford and Mike Putnam for the panel session.

Mike Putnam said:

“Twenty years ago it was recognised that early involvement and collaboration are key enablers to the successful delivery of projects. The industry has moved in the right direction, but not universally.

“Today, collaboration has been identified as an opportunity, which is encapsulated in the industrial strategy, Construction 2025.

“To make it work we need strong leadership, with the right behaviours and values. When the client, contractor and supply chain work in true collaboration it is then that we can achieve success and deliver right first time projects for customers.”