Royal HaskoningDHV has joined with more than 25 consultancy industry leaders and the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (UK) to write to Construction Minister Nadhim Zahawi. In the letter, Royal HaskoningDHV commits its support for establishing a ground-breaking £225m five-year programme to transform the sector and the impact it has on the built environment through harnessing the digital revolution.
The Consultancy Sector Futures Institute (CSFI) will work with industry, clients and academia, and focus on developing the future skills and sustainable consultancy business models that will drive the industry forward.
It will also harness the power of emerging technology and open data to facilitate industry-wide collaboration for a more productive construction sector and society.
Craig Huntbatch, Global Director – Maritime & Aviation at Royal HaskoningDHV commented: “In order to meet the future demands from clients, government and society as a whole, companies such as ourselves are investing heavily in R&D and training in order to embrace the opportunities presented to us by rapidly evolving technology.
“With this letter, we are joining together as an industry to take an aligned approach, further develop our sector’s skills base and invest in new business models – all with the ultimate aim of enhancing society together.”
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.”
For more information and to download a copy of the letter, visit the ACE website.