30 August 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Constructing Excellence has agreed a merger with the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the built environment body.
Constructing Excellence is a cross-sector, cross-supply chain, member-led organisation.
The board of CE confirmed the conclusion of the merger with BRE.
The move is designed "to strengthen and grow the CE membership and its positive impact on the industry at a time of significant global challenge".
Under the merger, BRE would maintain the distinctive CE brands*, develop the network, add critical capacity in developing digital tools, delivering training and events, and grow the international reach. It would also enable CE to achieve its long-term ambition of establishing a Constructing Excellence Foundation under the BRE Trust, which would see trading profit channelled into research and education for the benefit of members.
Constructing Excellence chief executive Don Ward, who remains in his position, said: "Joining with BRE gives us access to new resources and markets that we require to develop our membership, benchmarking and training services for the UK and international networks. It means that we can plan for the future with a new level of vision and confidence, and devote our energies to member content, thought leadership and sector influence."
Constructing Excellence was the result of the convergence of several related industry initiatives set up to drive improvements in construction in the wake of the seminal 1997 Egan report Rethinking Construction. Its 80 members are drawn from across the industry supply chain, ranging from clients, contractors and consultants, through to suppliers and manufacturers of building materials and products.
Peter Bonfield, CEO of BRE, said: "Constructing Excellence has always represented a movement for positive change, harnessing the energy and commitment of many hundreds of organisations at a regional and national level. Both BRE and CE are trusted and independent brands that have worked very closely together for many years - the synergies are strong. But most importantly we share the core objective of creating a better-built environment for all. We are very pleased about this."