- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 18 May 2018
Succession planning in construction
Succession planning is the process of devising a strategy to ensure an organisation and its business will transition smoothly and effectively from one leader or leadership team to another. This is an important consideration in all industries, as leadership positions will change due to retirement, resignation, dismissal, health issues, and so on. It is particularly important in construction in the UK, where more than 90% of all firms are family-owned. Construction is also facing an ageing workforce, with large numbers of ‘baby boomer’ leaders and business owners set to retire in the coming years.
Succession planning can be a complex and time-consuming issue, and one that many feel can be put off to a later date. However, failure to effectively plan can be a critical factor in the future success of a business, particularly where there are no clear candidates currently within the organisation that are considered capable of taking over.
- Time schedules.
- Understanding the current state of any succession planning.
- Identifying the leader’s objectives for the plan.
- Identifying the company’s objectives for the plan.
- Identifying actions to move towards those objectives.
- Identifying and training the next generation of leaders.
- Agreeing how the any shares will be managed.
- Agreeing the level of influence and involvement the current leaders will continue to have.
- Agreeing when the plan should be reviewed and revised.
- The personal financial resources and retirement planning of the leader.
- Income tax considerations.
- Sources of funding.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Wall covering used to insulate rooms and fight against rising damp.
New eligibility criteria for EU nationals explained.
Click and lock flooring.
Recovery Advice for Business scheme launches.
Insight paper examines nuclear and net zero goals.
Suburban Americana with a secret past.
New planning rules to protect theatres, concert halls and music venues.
Public engagement in London Borough of Enfield's heritage strategy.
Engineering services in the spotlight.
The Government's Summer 2020 economic update.
Getting organised below the surface.
Securing suitable water systems.