The past 18 months have not been ones in which the industry can complain it has been overlooked by the government.
Construction has had plenty of attention from ministers and the surrounding machinery of government, acknowledging its ability to help the UK get out of the hole it’s in - through jobs, investment and the creation of infrastructure.
We’ve had the autumn statement, the National Infrastructure Plan, the infrastructure pipeline, the IGT’s Low Carbon report, the establishment of the Green Construction Board, National Infrastructure Plan 2, the Get Britain Building fund, the review of PFI … the list goes on.
Contractors have got to work smarter and more efficiently; supply chains need to integrate and collaborate.
The government has put down the dots; can the industry start joining them up?
Constructing Excellence and Pinsent Masons’ move to bring the industry’s big hitters together to draw up a practical, workable model that the whole supply chain can plug into should help not only the contractors involved, but clients and investors.
Meanwhile, the launch of a building information modelling group for rail to share information and best practice is another example of contractors and clients taking the initiative, rather than waiting for the government to do it for them.
First the BIM retail forum, now rail: the speed with which BIM has gone mainstream is both a lesson and an inspiration. If new investment models could take hold equally quickly, everyone would benefit.