For decades, the construction sector has been plagued by rising costs, stagnant productivity, high waste, and low margins – all this making it an ideal target for disruption. And while our industry is slow to change, the world around us is changing quickly. Buildings and infrastructure are becoming more and more complex and expectations around performance and sustainability credentials are increasing.

On top of that, construction has a major role to play in addressing the climate change challenge. But to succeed, we need to forget the old ways first. The platform revolution, as an example, is already well underway, with modular construction and DfMA being one of the first outcomes.

While there is still much to be done, in terms of standardisation, technology development and changes in our approach to design, it is becoming clear that a successful adoption of a platform solution and underpinning digital tools will contribute to addressing the long standing issues of productivity, enabling faster
delivery, and minimising the carbon impact of the construction industry. In the longer term, it could also help transform the sector’s image into a high tech manufacturing based sector enabling it to attract new and diverse talent.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the transformation of our sector should follow these simple steps:
• Inform yourself about ongoing initiatives.
• Consider their impact on your business.
• Spread the word with clients and the supply chain.

These actions will create a ‘market pull’ effect, increase awareness of technology solutions, and help prepare the ground for its application. After all, knowing is half the battle.

Matthew Mackey
National Director Cost & Commercial
ARCADIS