IMPROVING WELSH construction is the goal of a new Rethinking Construction Centre for Wales (RCCW), launched last month and spearheaded by ICE Welsh executive secretary Denys Morgan.
Rethinking Construction is the banner under which the construction industry, its clients and the government are working together to improve UK construction performance.
The new centre in Wales embraces the Rethinking Construction agenda and aims to spread the message of more efficient, effective and sustainable construction, to act as a focal point for discussion and action, and to become an umbrella for the many industry initiatives and programmes already under way.
Morgan will lead RCCW through chairmanship of a management board responsible for delivering established programmes such as Movement for Innovation and the Construction Best Practice Programme.
'RCCW is an exciting new prospect which we are promoting hard in Wales, ' said Morgan.
'The potential for improvement is considerable, and, if we get it all right, the financial rewards are massive.
'If £2bn expenditure per year is construction related, and according to Egan up to 30% may be abortive or wasted, then the potential savings in Wales alone could run to £600M, ' he explained.
'Even if we start off conservatively and assume we will only achieve one third of that, then it still amounts to £200M per year.
We must succeed.'
Speaking at the launch, Rethinking Construction chairman Alan Crane said: 'I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the launch of the Rethinking Construction Centre for Wales, particularly because the centre brings together the constituent parts of the industry.
'It is putting into place the fundamental recommendations of the Egan report which is that we can only deliver a world class industry when we all work together and we have an integrated industry'.