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There can be no doubt that the engine of CESW is our Theme Groups.

Over the 8 years we have been in existence they have been responsible for delivering extensive collateral for the betterment of the UK construction industry as can be seen HERE

One of the most valuable aspects of membership of CESW is the ability to partake in these working Theme Groups whereby there is a combination of receiving valuable information from expert presentations on the subject matter of the Theme Group as well as working with the group members to produce the collateral identified as necessary to deliver the industry’s improvement agenda.

As a member of CESW we encourage you to join one of our next round of Theme Group Meetings which will be held as below:

The Constructing Excellence Midland and South West regions have recently launched an updated Clients Best Practice Guide, the first update since 2014.

The Clients Best Practice Guide can be downloaded HERE

This update like its predecessor has been developed by clients for clients and is aligned to goals and aspirations of the wider construction industry, such as the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Governments Construction Playbook. Consequently, we are seeking the views of the wider Constructing Excellence community on how they currently procure construction services in relation to the updated best practice guidance.

The survey can be found HERE

Please follow the link to complete the survey, which is completely anonymous and will only take only 10 minutes of your time. This will enable us to gain an understanding of the pattern of procurement throughout the membership and help us to develop knowledge and tools for the future.

As the United Kingdom recovers from the pandemic, it is more important than ever that construction clients are ready to engage with industry in a meaningful way to bring about change.

Thank you for helping us to improve construction.

Value, people and sustainably at heart of new Constructing Excellence SW clients guide.

With the UK looking to build its way to a brighter future following COVID, construction clients are being told they hold the key to ensuring the sector emerges from the crisis a more efficient, inclusive and greener industry.

Constructing Excellence South West (CESW) – set up to lead the change agenda in construction and already backed by many of the region’s key industry players – has launched a new guide aimed at all clients procuring construction work and therefore in a position to significantly influence the sector’s processes, practices and outcomes.

Central to the Client Commitments Best Practice Guide is the theme of achieving best value, including over the lifetime of the project and through considering social value. It calls for a move away from the all-too-familiar ‘race to the bottom’ that can be the result of traditional and often wholly unrealistic lowest-price procurement processes.

The Client Commitments Best Practice Guide deals with six main areas of responsibility for clients:

· Emphasising the need for strong client leadership, which is at the heart of delivering change

· Collaborative procurement and integration of the supply chain from an early stage in the project

· A commitment to people and the need for clients to ensure this culture is embraced throughout the supply chain

· Sustainability and delivering against the net zero carbon agenda

· Quality and compliance, through design, manufacture and installation

· Health, safety and wellbeing

A guide was first published in 2006 to outline best practice for clients in the build-up the huge level of construction activity anticipated for the London 2012 Olympics.

Andrew Carpenter, CEO of Constructing Excellence South West, said the newly launched 2021 guide, developed in association with Nottingham Trent University, was arguably even more important now in the aftermath of COVID and the need to address the climate emergency.

He said: “For the last 12 months we’ve endured the COVID crisis but we now have the Government’s call to ‘Build back better, Build back faster, Build back greener’ and the Construction Leadership Council’s Roadmap to Recovery for the industry, all of which is taken into account in the new guide and which plays alongside the Value Toolkit and the Construction Playbook.

“For the first time in many years the construction industry is coming together with one voice and more and more people are understanding the concept of value, whole-life building costs and social value, rather than simply focusing on lowest price build cost.”

“We all live in a society which is accepting that, post-COVID, the construction industry that we look forward to is not the same one we left behind and clients have a major responsibility for shaping this. So, I would encourage all clients of the construction industry to read this document, take on board its recommendations and work towards driving the change that we all need.”

CLICK HERE to view the Client Commitments Best Practice Guide

CLICK HERE to watch CEO, Andrew Carpenter’s video introduction to the guide

Constructing Excellence South West (CESW) leads the change agenda in construction regionally as part of Construction Excellence’s national mission to improve the industry’s performance and produce a better built environment.

It wants a much more collaborative culture within the industry, acknowledging the need for committed leadership and a customer-focussed approach in the sector, while also working with the client base to encourage a more enlightened approach to procurement focussed on quality and delivery, and not just price.

Together with achieving more integrated supply chains and lean processes the aim is to pave the way for improved productivity, the adoption of new digital and off-site construction technologies , a focus on people and wellbeing and address the need to attract and recruit the next generation of industry leaders.

The CCG Theme Group meetings are for Client Members only.

If you are a member and would like to attend this meeting please email for joining details

If you would like to become a CESW members please visit our joining page

This month’s CCG Theme Group meeting is open to ALL  Construction Clients (Members and Non Members)


  1. Welcome & Introduction: Paul Read, Magna Housing (Chair CESW CCG)
  2. Presentations:

A. Embedding the Change – delivery of the Construction Best Practice Guide.

B. Design and Construction – lessons in a post Covid-19 world.

  1. Open Forum
  2. Diploma in Collaboration in Construction update (see download below)
  3. Minutes of last meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. CESW Regional update
  6. Forward Plan
  7. AOB
  8. Date of next meeting

Retrofit Special

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1. Welcome & Introduction: Paul Read, Magna Housing (Chair CESW CCG)

2. Presentations:

a. Retrofitting at scale and pace – Joanne Wheeler, UKGBC followed by discussion

b. Towards a better approach for measuring the benefits of retrofit in social housing sector – Michael Asinyaka, Nottingham Trent University followed by discussion

c. Optimised Retrofit – Cerys Williams, Sero Life followed by discussion

3. Open Forum Inc. Breaking down silos for retrofit

4. Client Commitments Best Practice Guide/Diploma in Collaboration in Construction update

5. Minutes of last meeting

6. Matters arising

7. CESW Regional update

8. Forward Plan

9. AOB

10. Date of next meeting

Our CE Midlands guests are welcome to leave the meeting after item 4

Michael Asinyaka

Michael is a Researcher at Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) School of Architecture Design and Built Environment. Michael’s research experience spans the areas of Sustainable Buildings/Construction, Green Building Standards, Real Estate Development and Qualitative and Quantitative Research. His current research interests include decarbonisation of the housing sector, Smart and resilient cities, energy efficiency, and sustainability in the built environment generally. Michael is currently undertaking a research project at NTU on retrofitting the social housing stock.

His presentation will focus on how Social Landlords could address the problem of systematically identifying and measuring the wider benefits of retrofit investments to allow for robust and informed investment decision-making and later evaluation of the realised benefits.

Cerys Williams

Cerys is an Innovation Manager at Sero working within the Innovation Team led by Andy Sutton. Having joined the team in July 2019 as a Project Co-Ordinator, Cerys has relished the opportunity to progress her career in decarbonisation. Prior to Sero, Cerys managed a fast-paced city centre residential sales and lettings estate agency.

Drawing upon her knowledge of residential homes, Cerys is involved with many of Sero’s innovative projects such as FLATLINE (Fixed Level Affordable Tariffs Led by Intelligently Networked Energy), VALUER (Valuations And Lending Underwriting Energy Reduction) and most recently Optimised Retrofit, for which she is leading the Foundational Economy elements consisting of 23 ‘mini projects’.


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