Landsec and Turner & Townsend alinea recently co-hosted a roundtable event with leaders of prominent cost management firms and co-authors of ‘Trust and Productivity – The Private Sector Playbook’, which was launched in November 2022. The session’s objective was to gather feedback from attendees on the Playbook, recognising the crucial role of cost consultants as key advisors on procurement, cost, and value. The aim was also to identify how the Playbook can be further embraced and adopted on projects.
During the event, Neil Pennell from Landsec, and Mark Lacey and Marissa Stenning from Turner & Townsend alinea provided context on the construction industry’s poor productivity figures and outlined the Playbook’s structure and goals. Anthony Chudleigh from British Land, Martin Quinn from GPE, and Andrew Browne from Gardiner & Theobald also discussed the Playbook from a client and quantity surveyor perspective, sharing tangible project examples where the principles are already being utilised.
Participants agreed that there are still challenges in the industry, including varying success of procurement models, barriers to innovation, and issues with trust and payment terms. However, there was a consensus that improving trust collaboratively through the right behaviours on projects and incorporating the principles from the Playbook could positively influence productivity.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Andrew Hyman from Core 5, Andy Beard from Mace, Andy Dedman from Currie & Brown, Blake Turner from Quantem, Brian Smith from AECOM, David Happell from Exigere, Mat Clark from Mott Macdonald, Matthew Brooker from RLB, Matthew Goodwin from AtkinsRealis, Phil Clark from Arcadis, and Rennie Dalrymple from Concert for providing excellent feedback. Their input will help us embed this culture throughout the industry and learn from past experiences.
Thank you to all who participated.
Find the full Private Sector Playbook here.