Constructing Excellence (CE) describes itself as ‘…the single organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction. We exist to improve industry performance in order to produce a better built environment. We are a cross-sector, cross-supply chain, member led organisation operating for the good of industry and its stakeholders.’
It was one of a number of cross-industry bodies established to drive change in response to the Latham Report (Constructing the Team 1994) and the Egan Report (Rethinking Construction 1998) which concluded that ‘the industry as a whole is under-achieving’, and called for dramatic improvements. Egan stated ‘…we are not inviting uk construction to look at what it does already and do it better; we are asking the industry and Government to join with major clients to do it entirely differently’.
Other bodies that were created included:
- Reading Construction Forum.
- Design Build Foundation.
- Construction Best Practice Programme.
- Movement for Innovation.
- Local Government Task Force.
- Rethinking Construction.
- Construction Clients' Group.
It was increasingly recognised that there were too many such groups, and following a series of mergers, they were united as Constructing Excellence in 2003, to create ‘..a powerful, influential voice for improvement in the built environment sector.’
Constructing Excellence is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of Management made up of representatives from across the industry. It has 9 Regional offices across England and Wales. Client and supplier organisations can become members of Constructing Excellence for a fee.
It’s activities include:
- Lobbying to try to influence change.
- Publishing construction industry Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) each year using performance data collected by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
- Benchmarking and demonstration projects.
- Industry awards.
- The Construction Clients' Group, promoting best practice and industry improvements.
- G4C, the ‘junior’ branch of Constructing Excellence.
- Constructing Excellence in Learning Ltd (CELL), accrediting qualifications.
Since Latham and Egan, there have been significant moves in government procurement to encourage collaborative working and foster partnering, and it is generally considered that construction has become more efficient and safer. However, in May 2008, ten years after publication of Rethinking Construction, Sir John Egan stated that ‘we have to say we’ve got pretty patchy results. And certainly nowhere near the improvement we could have achieved, or that I expected to achieve…..I guess if I were giving marks out of 10 after 10 years I’d probably only give the industry about four out of 10’ ref Egan: I’d give construction about 4 of 10.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Construction clients’ charter.
- Construction Leadership Council.
- Construction Industry Council.
- Egan report.
- Latham report.
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