Osborne’s chief executive looks at 2016 from a contractor’s perspective
What are the challenges, key developments and government policies that look set to shape 2016? Building asked key industry insiders to make a call on what they think will become the major talking points of the next 12 months. Andy Steele, chief executive at Osborne, has a look at the year ahead from a contractor’s perspective.
“Where we stand in the customers’ eyes is still the big-ticket question. A lot of customers struggle with completely trusting contractors, therefore there is a reluctance to engage with us early.”
“Somehow we have the change perceptions, not only in the eyes of customers but also for attracting employees into the industry. We are typically seen as a slow industry in taking on board new initiatives and technology. This links into BIM: it should have helped us to transform the whole industry but the industry has been slow to engage with it so we are not going to hit the deadlines.”
“For the industry, it’s HS2: it’s going to be real testbed for how the industry can work. As a company, it would be the library resource centre at Royal Holloway (University of London).”