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February Newsletter intro from Andrew Carpenter

Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive opening remarks for February 2021 newsletter

It has been a very hectic start to the year being involved in the Government’s questioning of whether, like retail, non-essential sites should be closed. I am pleased to report that of course the outcome went in our favour with sites remaining open if the strict Site Operating Procedures are in place. CESW continues to up the ante, in terms of its online activities, during the latest lockdown with almost six hundred people tuning into our first four webinars of 2021. We have teamed up with MyProPlus to provide those who attend our events, including webinars, with the opportunity of receiving CPD certificates. We are hoping that this additional feature will encourage more ‘professionals’ to join CESW and enjoy this valuable benefit.

I would like to thank all members who participated in the Value Toolkit Regional Value Drivers Workshop in mid-January. This formed part of a national set of workshops being arranged by CE to embed this important document into the sector. The Value Toolkit will drive better social, environmental and economic outcomes through value-based decision making. The construction sector has historically viewed value through the prism of cheapness, with lowest cost and risk often outranking value and outcomes for operators, users and the environment. CE has been espousing a different approach since the 90’s and this is the latest attempt to drive change home. One that reflects our shared ambition for a better built environment. An approach that allows our industry to innovate world-leading practices that deliver value in design, delivery and operation.

Therefore, the Construction Innovation Hub, together with its network of partners including CE, is creating the Value Toolkit – a new process and supporting tools to drive better decision making, support the path to Net Zero, boost productivity and resilience, and deliver higher quality buildings.

By working together to support a permanent shift towards value-based decision-making, the Construction Innovation Hub and its partners are committed to helping UK construction build a better world through a better built environment. We all keep our fingers crossed that this time it really happens!

We have an exciting new addition to our web site in An Offsite/MMC map of South West providers. The request to provide this came from the CESW Construction Clients Group who have an increased desire to use more offsite systems but also to use ‘local’ providers where possible. This map will allow clients to identify what solutions are available across the South West and where they are based. Please visit: Offsite Suppliers Map – Constructing Excellence SW

More exciting news is the launch of the Clients Commitments Best Practice Guide at our CCG meeting on 2nd February. We have been working with Nottingham Trent University for many months in updating a document last re-produced in 2014. Obviously much has changed in those seven years what with the Hackitt Review, the Net Zero agenda, the Construction Playbook and so on and so this update is much needed. Also, with NTU we have been working on a Diploma in Smart Collaboration for a launch in April 2021. I hope to have more news on how you may get involved in the March edition.

Finally, a word of congratulations to the team behind Shire Hall for winning the CE National Award for Integration & Collaboration. My congratulations also to Callum Yeowell of Gilbert & Goode and Seaton Beach for being Highly Commended in the G4C Future Leader & Sustainability Awards respectively. We are launching the 2021 Awards on Wednesday 10th February so if you want to be a winner this year please join us by booking your place at: CE South West, Wales & Midlands Awards 2021 Launch – Constructing Excellence SW

ANDREW CARPENTER, Chief Executive CE Midlands

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