Construction Has the Chance for a Sustainable Recovery; the Time for Welsh Construction to Flourish Is Now Says Milica Kitson, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in Wales

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FORTUNES are mixed for many Welsh business people and the construction industry is no exception.

Some people are nervous about what 2013 will bring, but at Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) we prefer to take a more positive but realistic view of the opportunities ahead. Not because we can see a recovery around the corner, but because we know there are opportunities for Welsh construction to achieve a sustainable recovery by working collaboratively and generating long term value.

A great deal of work has gone on behind the scenes to prepare the ground for a positive 2013. CEW was part of the team that helped define the Forward Programme of Work, a visible pipeline of work that allows the construction supply chain to prepare and invest ahead of the procurement process.

Throughout 2012 CEW led the Value Wales Procurement steering group working alongside industry and public sector representatives to develop the Welsh Government procurement strategy.

Jane Hutt will launch the procurement strategy and we are looking forward to an announcement from Government regarding borrowing powers.

These announcements will give the whole of the Welsh-built environment belief in the future - especially as we anticipate confirmation that some of the major projects the Welsh economy is demanding will be going ahead.

Here too, CEW has taken a key role at the heart of this work - driving forward a major project delivery task group to ensure that projects are procured and managed in the correct manner. And the right way is via collaboration, integrated teams and a wholly transparent approach.

It is the only way Government targets on waste, carbon and community benefits can be achieved. We know this from the results of our demonstration and exemplar programme and we can see improvement year on year in the annual CEW awards.

There are many far-sighted clients, consultants and contractors across Wales already working in this way and delivering sustainable social benefits in local communities and CEW showcases these results via its exemplar programme. …