ALEC's Kez Taylor on construction collaboration for success

ALEC's Kez Taylor on construction collaboration for success
Kez Taylor is CEO of ALEC.
Published: 30 June 2019 - 3:40 a.m.
By: CW Guest Columnist

Kez Taylor, chief executive officer of ALEC and ranked #1 on the 2019 Construction Week Power 100 list, explains why creating an optimal project environment is the responsibility of all stakeholders, with the need to address issues fairly and in good time remaining critical, in this exclusive comment piece for Construction Week.

Construction projects have become more complicated and layered with multiple stakeholders that are not necessarily aligned towards a successful project. The challenge we face currently in our industry is to address issues in a constructive way that ensures a positive outcome in the future.

The three critical players on a project are the client, contractor, and consultants. These parties need to work together and align themselves to ensure project success.

The contract documents should accurately reflect this intent. A solid constructive working relationship between these individuals is key, with common objectives and a focus on project outcomes. These influential individuals will ultimately determine the culture of a project.

The client plays a critical role in creating a project environment that allows all parties to succeed. It needs to have enough experience and solid knowledge to have an ability to galvanise the project team and drive the team in the right direction.

The best way to build trust in a team and set it up for success is to deal with issues fairly and within good time, in turn resulting in positive project momentum.

A complex 20,000-word activity programme will not be read or understood by the vast majority of users. It is critical that the important aspects of this plan are captured and communicated effectively.

Ultimately, the client should know what they want from the beginning, limit changes and disruption, and pay all parties on time.

The appointment of consultants must be clearly defined with specific deliverables – there should be no ambiguity as to their responsibility.

The design should work, function, be cost effective, and efficient. All required information and approvals should be delivered in line with the project execution strategy.

The contractor should set a clear direction on the project with a well-considered plan. All stakeholders should understand this plan and the execution strategy.

Throughout the duration of the project, all the parties must adhere to the schedule from design, to approvals, and final execution of the plan.

The project execution strategy should be simple, graphical, and easy to understand.

A complex 20,000-word activity programme will not be read or understood by the vast majority of users. It is critical that the important aspects of this plan are captured and communicated effectively.

The greatest opportunity we currently face in our industry is creating team environments that result in overall success. We can then build longer lasting relationships, resulting in repeat business. This is a dream that drives us daily to deliver high-end complex projects.

Firms must create a culture of innovation throughout a business where all employees are constantly trying to improve efficiencies and production.

Everything should be simplified as much as possible and improvements should be recognised and communicated throughout a company.

The greatest opportunity we currently face in our industry is creating team environments that result in overall success. We can then build longer lasting relationships, resulting in repeat business.

This is a dream that drives us daily to deliver high-end complex projects.

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