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1. Peter, you took over the role of and I don’t think this will come out in the 7. Twelve years ago nobody could have Chief Construction Advisor in strategy, that pipeline, process, product, predicted the environmental, socio- November 2012 people and payment all start with p – the economic and technological changes a. Is the role what you expected? five p’s. Peter’s five p’s. that we have seen in the intervening No. No it’s not at all what I expected years. How certain can we be on 4. June 2013 marks the five year – it’s much better than that. delivery of the strategy in the next anniversary of the Strategy for b. What do you feel are the key 12 years (to 2025) without being Sustainable Construction – how do achievements so far? influenced by changing events? you see this linking with the Its early days but I think the main Well we can never be certain, but we’ve forthcoming Industrial Strategy? achievement is getting the industry done some foresight work and in fact I see the Industrial Strategy as being to work together on developing the we are looking at 2050…looking at very much an integrating piece. It’s industrial strategy. different trajectories and what things about bringing together, not replacing, c. In doing this, are you engaging might happen by 2050. We have being in a more coherent way these various with professional institutions across doing that work with UCL and the work strategies. ‘Green’, which is another word the industry? is informing our strategy. for sustainable construction, will feature We are using a number of bodies. Much very strongly in the strategy. 8. I gather that the strategy will look of it (the engagement) is focused around to harness the growth potential of the Strategic Forum for Construction but 5. Do you feel that the Industrial UK-based innovation in the not exclusively. We are also working with Strategy is given equal prominence and construction sector – do you think the CBI and getting inputs from various priority when compared with other we are on the cusp of a step change other industry bodies where we think sector strategies? in the construction industry in the expertise lies. Yes, I would say it has equal prominence. terms of performance and embedding I could even say it has more because 2. In September 2012, Government new innovation? construction is seen as an enabling business secretary Rt Hon Vince I hope so. sector so it’s not just about growth in Cable outlined his plans for numerous And do you see BIM as being an enabler construction it’s about growth in other sector specific industrial strategies for having that step change? sectors in the economy through a including construction. BIM is one of the enablers. I think it is healthier construction industry. It’s part a. Why does the construction industry a key enabler, but I wouldn’t want to of the glue that joins things together. need an industrial strategy? suggest that it is the only enabler. Well it’s an industry that needs to 6. The Industrial Strategies are 9. The latest ONS figures on UK GDP change – and it needs to change in joint initiatives between government show that while the UK economy grew order to respond to the changing and industry. by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of business environment and an industrial a. Do you think that the Industrial Strategy 2013, construction fared much worse, strategy is a way of bringing about or has the same level of support from declining by 2.5 per cent quarter-on- facilitating that change. industry as other sector strategies? quarter and 5.9 per cent year-on-year. b. Is the current economic situation one of Yes, it’s a partnership. It’s government in How do you see the Industrial Strategy the main drivers for having the strategy? partnership with industry and it has been helping to reverse this trend? Yes it’s about growth and it’s about developed with industry, so the intent of By focusing the industry on those areas using the industry to promote growth course is that it will have ownership by where it can contribute to growth in in the economy, not just growth in both government and industry. the economy. construction, but also via construction b. Going back to earlier discussions And what particular areas do you think in other sectors. about engagement with the Strategic these might be? Forum for Construction, it brings to 3. What are the key emerging themes You will have to wait and see when mind a slide that your predecessor, Paul within the forthcoming Industrial the Strategy is published, but I think it’s Morrell, presented at a previous CIRIA Strategy for Construction? about what are the areas where this Member Day showing the complexity I think the things you can expect in industry has comparative advantage. of the number of organisations in the the Strategy would be a clearer vision Certainly ‘green’ and BIM, which you industry. Are other sectors better able for where we collectively want this have already mentioned, will be two of to speak with a single voice? industry to be in 2025. It will focus on them, but we see there are others. Yes, perhaps they are and you have the importance of the pipeline of the already alluded to it – construction has work and then there are really three many parts to it. Maybe it’s not possible areas to change, which I might summarise for this sector to speak with a single as process, product, and people. We voice but I think this strategy will help. will also be addressing some short-term Hopefully we will get harmony rather issues like payment. It is quite interesting, than speaking with a single voice. 9


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