To meet the continued global demand for construction development in a post COVID-19 world, the sector has to transform by increasing productivity and improving performance to deliver major projects and programmes in a more agile way.

As we move through the global COVID-19 crisis, governments across the developed and developing world continue to wrestle with the significant challenges of increasing urbanisation, digital disruption and the need to build a low-carbon emissions future.

And while it is inevitable that global economies will be impacted by the pandemic, it is also clear that the need to drive growth, create employment and accelerate recovery will boost investment in both social and economic infrastructure.

A fragile, post COVID-19 global economy provides a vital incentive for a long-awaited transformation of the construction sector. It is critical we seize this moment to increase productivity and improve performance; to deliver complex projects and programmes in a more efficient way; to build a better built environment with sustainability at the core; to embrace digital technologies, modular design, and lean construction principles.

Improving productivity

The construction sector needs to identify and take clear steps towards a simpler, faster and higher-quality approach to delivery.

We work with our clients to redefine their delivery strategies and processes and have shown how adopting innovative design and construction techniques such as modern methods of construction and offsite fabrication can reduce cost, improve delivery and safety performance, and increase quality.

In Ireland, we applied this thinking and helped complete the country’s largest modular ward extension at South Tipperary General Hospital in just 12 months.

In Germany, we were appointed by the city of Hamburg to deliver around 15 school buildings using prefabrication and modular components, with around 36 buildings envisaged to be built by 2023.

Through our lean construction advisory services, we have helped a range of organisations including Transport for London embed new thinking into processes to drive out waste and increase productivity.

Embracing technology

Globally, construction remains significantly behind almost every other industrial sector in the use of technology and embracing the power of data. This must change if we are to meet the imperative to increase productivity and generate greater economic and social value from investment.

The use of technology-enabled delivery approaches such as building information modelling and digital twins are enabling more efficient delivery, raising quality and reducing capital and operational costs over the whole life of assets.

We are working with organisations to accelerate their use of technology, helping to develop integrated digital delivery and operational strategies which transform the management of their assets.

Establishing and developing collaborative supply chain relationships is critical to effective project delivery.

We use a range of innovative digital tools that can help owners to build resilience into their supply chains, simplifying communication and driving deeper collaboration to help promote better performance and drive quality outcomes.

Establishing partnerships

We work closely with our clients to set up their projects for successful delivery; building the right capabilities and execution strategies to deliver better programme outcomes.

These partnerships are fundamental to driving collaborative behaviour across our projects, helping knowledge and capability to be shared across single delivery teams.

This partnering approach has underpinned our work with clients such as De Beers and been critical as we helped to establish best-in-class delivery approaches across its projects globally.

For every client, our ambition is to help them to define a robust business case that optimises the return on their investment. We then work together to create the delivery strategy and programme of work required to meet that need.

Leading change

The global challenge of urbanisation, digital disruption and net zero-carbon emissions creates an imperative for change across the construction sector.

The COVID-19 crisis has put pressure on global economies but the need for investment to deliver increasing demands for social and economic infrastructure remains high.

Our aim is to be a leader in the industry as it embraces change; driving transformation to reduce cost, boost productivity and improve outcomes across the whole life of assets.

Our deep and long-lasting client partnerships are key to helping them embrace the new ideas, techniques and technologies that drive programme delivery efficiency across their portfolios of activity.

We will continue to lead an acceleration in the adoption of digital solutions across the built environment, helping our clients to embrace modern methods of design, construction and operation, and encouraging collaboration across the supply chain to deliver better outcomes.

Our goal is to become the industry partner of choice, creating and executing strategies that secure investment through a consistent approach to decision-making and risk management.

Our ambition is to establish and deliver programmes for clients that move beyond simply being on time and on budget to set new industry standards for project performance and outcome.

Our projects

Find out more about how we're increasing productivity and improving performance on major projects and programmes.