Introduction to Lean in construction

The construction process needs to undergo a radical transformation to deliver client value  and a low-carbon built environment. In short, delivering more for less while becoming more profitable.

Lean has been applied successfully in a range of sectors, including construction. Some parts of the industry frequently claim savings of 20-30% or more. However, it is also widely agreed that Lean is not as widely practiced as it could be. This training should help you unlock the opportunities for Lean construction in your organisation and projects.

This course will give you an insight into what Lean is and how it can be applied in construction and provide you with a sound understanding of Lean principles.

Delegates will receive a copy of Build Lean - Transforming construction using Lean Thinking (C696) along with course handouts*.

*Publications are not included as standard in our in-house training courses, and these will need to be purchased separately.

Who should attend

This one-day course will be ideal for:

  • senior managers wanting to understand Lean in construction – its potential and its benefits
  • individuals who wish to understand the role for Lean in a construction context and need to quickly develop an overview of the terminology, tools and approaches for developing knowledge within their organisation
  • prospective Lean champions – with responsibilities for business or performance improvement, business development, quality management, etc.

More information
To find out more information and to discuss in house options, please contact Nipa Patel on 020 7549 3300

This course is offered as an in-house course, or can be offered as an open course if minimum numbers are met. To register your interest for an open-course or to find out more about in-house training please contact Nipa Patel on +44 (0)20 7549 3300 or

Meet the Lean in construction trainers

Stuart Smith is Managing Director of Bourton Group and its subsidiary company The Six Sigma Group.  He has over 20 years’ consulting experience in a range of industry sectors and has worked with many clients leading and implementing strategic change programmes as well as Six Sigma and Lean deployments. He is a regular contributor to New Civil Engineer.


Adrian Terry leads The Advanced Problem Solving Partnership. He brings 20 years' experience at the forefront of the drive to release innovation and improvement in the construction sector in the UK and worldwide. His various roles have seen him working for the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, as consultant and in senior management positions leading the transformations.