Constructing Excellence Merges

The Constructing Excellence (CE) board of directors has merged with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in an effort to strengthen and expand the CE membership and its positive impact on the construction industry.

Under the terms of the merger, the research organisation BRE will keep its distinct CE brands, expand its network, and add critical capacity in developing digital tools, delivering training and events, and expanding its international reach.

It will also allow CE to realise its long-term goal of establishing a Constructing Excellence Foundation under the BRE Trust, with trading profits directed toward research and education for the benefit of members.

Don Ward, chief executive of Constructing Excellence, said in a statement, “Joining with BRE gives us access to new resources and markets that we require to develop our membership, benchmarking, and training services for the UK and international networks.” It means we can plan for the future with a new sense of clarity and confidence, focusing our efforts on member content, thought leadership, and sector influence.”

Constructing Excellence was the result of the convergence of several related industry initiatives formed in the aftermath of the seminal 1997 Egan report Rethinking Construction to drive construction improvements.

Its 80 members come from all parts of the industry supply chain, including clients, contractors, and consultants, as well as suppliers and manufacturers of building materials and products.

“Constructing Excellence has always represented a movement for positive change, harnessing the energy and commitment of many hundreds of organisations at a regional and national level,” said Peter Bonfield, CEO of BRE. Both BRE and CE are trusted, independent brands that have collaborated for many years – the synergies are strong. But, most importantly, we share the common goal of improving the built environment for all. This makes us very happy.”

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“Kier are strong supporters of Constructing Excellence and we see this merger as a positive move to help rationalise industry improvement initiatives and deliver more value for us as a major contractor,” said one member. Together, CE and BRE will be able to leverage sector-leading strengths in BIM, collaborative working, procurement, and sustainability, backed up by training and benchmarking services, and we look forward to working together for mutual improvement,” said Sean Jeffery, executive director, Kier Infrastructure & Utilities.

“As a national asset and one of the largest investors in British infrastructure, Heathrow has always promoted the benefits of sharing knowledge and best practise to drive improvements in the construction industry, and we will continue to support Constructing Excellence in this endeavour,” said David Ferroussat, Infrastructure procurement director, Heathrow Airport Ltd.

“We are very pleased with this merger because it brings together two key industry bodies with similar goals and objectives.” The opportunity to spread CE’s core message about the benefits of true collaboration to a larger audience should inspire others to get involved and committed. This will have a significant impact on the built environment, the construction industry, and our clients,” said Ronald H Edmondson, managing director of Waterloo Air Products plc.

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“CE has a strong vision for our industry, and the merger with BRE provides us with the opportunity to strengthen our influence and realise our ambition of being the leading organisation driving improvement in construction and the build environment,” said Murray Rowden, global head of infrastructure at Turner and Townsend and chairman of Constructing Excellence. It is a wise decision for our members, who will benefit from BRE’s cutting-edge research and global reach.

“We are all excited about this new development and look forward to sharing knowledge and best practises to benefit the industry.”

CE’s current team will soon relocate to BRE’s headquarters in Watford.

Last Updated on December 28, 2021

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