Construction Leadership Forum launches ambitious transformation action plan for Scottish Construction

24/01/24 NAPIER UNIVERSITY Merchiston Campus. (Trimble Technology Lab). Formal launch of the Transformation Action Plan for the construction industry, attended by Richard Lochhead, Minister for Small Business, Trade and Innovation

THE CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP FORUM (CLF), a collaborative effort between the government and industry, has introduced a comprehensive Transformation Action Plan for the Scottish construction sector. 

The plan covers procurement reform, quality enhancement, net-zero transition, fair work practices, digital technology adoption, and meaningful data utilisation. In response to sector-wide consultation, the plan has evolved into a dynamic program with 11 key initiatives, each led by a working group. The CLF aims to implement commitments outlined in the Scottish Construction Accord, fostering a thriving and high-performing construction sector.

At the plan’s launch at Edinburgh Napier University, Richard Lochhead, Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism, and Trade, emphasised the sector’s significance in achieving net-zero goals and driving economic growth.

 “The construction sector is vital to green, economic growth across Scotland and central to our net zero ambitions,” said Lochhead. “This Transformation Action Plan will drive progress in important areas such as fair work and procurement, delivering the sustainable, innovative and prosperous industry Scotland needs.”

Peter Reekie, CEO of the Scottish Futures Trust and co-chair of the Transformation Action Plan Board, stressed the need for collective industry effort and broad engagement for meaningful change. 

“For the sector to deliver more, with improved outcomes for businesses, its workforce, its clients and wider society, it must change. And every part of the industry must be involved in that change, feeling the benefits from it,” noted Reekie.

Morag Angus, Head of Property and Construction at the Scottish Government, highlighted the Plan’s foundation for the industry’s next transformative phase.

 “Our sector has always embraced the fact that change is essential. We know we must constantly evolve and improve how we work, and this Plan lays firm foundations for the next wave of transformation our sector needs,” stated Angus.

Alan Wilson, Chair of the CICV, expressed enthusiasm for the Transformation Action Plan, emphasising the opportunity for the industry to embed collaboration, cooperation, and commitment in key actions, dynamically advancing the entire sector. “Collaboration, Co-operation, and Commitment are the three principles we at CICV have always aspired to follow,” said Wilson.

The Plan is available to download here or from the Transformation Action Plan website.

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