The publication today of the Government’s Construction Strategy 2016 -20 has attracted immediate support from the construction industry.
The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – representing the largest sector in the industry by value – has praised the government for sticking to the key tenets of the previous Strategy, launched by the Cabinet Office in May 2011.
The overall thrust of the updated Strategy is to place much greater focus on collaborative working to reduce wasteful activity in construction procurement and delivery.
Professor Rudi Klein, SEC Group’s CEO, said that he was extremely pleased that the Infrastructure and Projects Authority – the new custodians of the Strategy – will continue to pursue:
- Implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) across public sector procurement;
- the piloting of model procurement options aimed at early involvement of the supply chain in the design and planning processes; and
- the use of project bank accounts (PBAs) to ensure regular and secure cash flow for firms in construction supply chains
Professor Klein added :
“What is now needed is greater government and industry emphasis on implementation. We need to:
- ensure that BIM is truly collaborative with data sharing by all members of the team on a common platform;
- identify more government projects to pilot the new collaborative options; and
- over the next 4 years of this Strategy double the uptake of PBAs.
SEC Group will work with the Authority to achieve these aims.”