CEW E-Bulletin Introduction - 24th November 2017

Despite Philip Hammond’s best efforts, the big news in Welsh construction are the three national CE awards that Wales secured at the CE Awards last Friday, only the North West won more than Wales, taking home four category wins.

Despite Philip Hammond’s best efforts, the big news in Welsh construction are the three national CE awards that Wales secured at the CE Awards last Friday, only the North West won more than Wales, taking home four category wins.

It sends a statement to all the stakeholders in the Welsh construction sector – we are good at what we do. More than that, it is a clear message that the pursuit of best practice and collaborative working delivers value. We must not obsess about price. We must focus on the long-term outcomes of the work we are asked to deliver.

That must be a constant theme. Whether it is housebuilding – yes, Wales might benefit from the Chancellor’s talk of more homes being built – schools and even creating and establishing logistics hubs for the planned third runway at Heathrow Airport. Seven sites located in Cardiff, Deeside, Newport, Ebbw Vale, and Bridgend are in the running to be Heathrow logistics hubs. Each of the four hubs selected across the UK will be locations for the offshore construction of the infrastructure for the runway. 

This could be a real test for the Welsh construction sector. It is part of the airport's commitment to spread the economic benefits of the project across the country. Each of the hubs is expected deliver huge numbers of skilled and semi-skilled jobs and economic boost within its area. Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates AM, has pledged Welsh companies will have opportunities to benefit from the runway if construction contracts are secured. Looking at our current form – based on the quality of the awards and high standard of work on show at our own CEW Awards – it looks very much like Wales will win at least one of these logistic hubs.