There is nothing we like more in construction than a nice glossy strategy and vision. Yesterday’s latest version was launched at the Government Construction Summit yesterday and is called ‘Construction 2025’ and sees a vision and strategy for the future set out. Yesterday we all have a chance for a quick read and allowed ourselves to be sucked in by the headline targets.
50% reduction in construction time. 33% reduction in cost and of course 50% reduction in green house gases – no strategy would be complete without a reference to the green agenda. The 50% narrowing in the gap between import and export was a little bit of a new angle. We also have our drivers for change, which are pretty standard; people, sustainable, smart, growth and leadership. This is all topped off with a few pictures of ministers, their signatures and a few logos of all of the people involved.
Having read the strategy the first time we were all sucked in. Isn’t this fantastic? We see a brighter future for a new construction industry in 2025. We will be a global leader in how we approach building in 12 years time.
There is nothing in the strategy that anyone would disagree with. Thousands of man-hours have gone into the document to create this new vision. However all of this time could have been saved if someone Googled construction strategy and found one from the past and changed the date and title.
Does anyone remember the Latham report or even better the Egan report? The Egan report is identical to this report. There is nothing new in here. Those who were excited and encouraged by the new world proposed by the Egan report over 15 years ago may be a little cynical as they have seen it all before. Some may even feel cheated or annoyed.
The reality is there is nothing new in this vision and strategy. It is a good vision and strategy and is the right one. The problem is ensuring it is maintained and pushed by Government means and the industry. The new leadership group has some very influential people on board and it is up to them to make this happen.
Change is not easy and it means upsetting people and often being unpopular, but change is achieved by the brave.
This Government has a better record in delivering change in the construction industry than any other. They only issued the previous strategy two years ago and are keen to keep the momentum going to ensure the good work isn’t lost following 2016.
The commitment to BIM has been a catalyst for change and has brought more collaboration than ever seen previously. This vision will be achieved by the young people in our industry today.
We need to encourage more talent into the industry and allow them to shape this vision and make it come alive rather than it being a glossy report that sits on the Internet.