More than 25 consultancy industry leaders have written to Construction Minister Nadhim Zahawi outlining their support for establishing a groundbreaking £225m five-year programme. The Consultancy Sector Futures Institute aims to transform the sector and the impact it has on the built environment through harnessing the digital revolution.
The letter was signed by the leaders of some of the most prominent consultancy engineering firms in the UK and the Institute’s key academic partners. This shows their commitment to the Institute and is asking the Government to demonstrate its own commitment with an announcement at the upcoming Budget.
The Institute will be co-developed by the Association of Consultancy and Engineering’s (ACE) members working with academic partners including Loughborough University in the Midlands and the University of Salford in the North West to oversee an industry-wide change programme for consultancy businesses based on research from the ACE’s Future of Consultancy campaign.
Working with industry, clients and academia, the Consultancy Sector Futures Institute will focus on developing the future skills and sustainable consultancy business models that will drive the industry forward. In addition, it will harness the power of emerging technology and open data to facilitate industry-wide collaboration for a more productive construction sector and society. This will be achieved by working with clients on demonstrator projects to showcase different ways of working using new technology, digital solutions and data in decision making and design to help the sector meet society’s changing needs.
Hannah Vickers, chief executive of ACE, said: “With our industry on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution, the Institute will help every consultancy transition successfully – from the largest global firms to the most specialist SMEs. This programme will build on our current position as world leaders and set a new global standard for consultancy and engineering in the built environment. For Government, our enhanced capability will mean progress on some of the most difficult questions society faces. For example, using design to tackle the underlying factors contributing to complex social deprivation, low regional growth and delivering a Net Zero society.”
Chris Young, Executive Managing Director at Tony Gee, commented “I am delighted to support this initiative from the ACE in driving the future of consultancy forward, it is important that we work together as an industry with consultancy businesses of all sizes and areas of expertise to deliver the outcomes our clients, and society, demand of us. There are amazing developments in technology, sustainability and working practices that can benefit the way we work so we need to adapt and embrace these if we are going to continue to provide world leading consultancy services around the country and wider world.”
To read the full ACE press release click here.