A "spirit of activism to drive change" underpins industry success

KPMG focus

A revolution for driving change is about to “engulf” the infrastructure and built environment sector, according to KPMG partner Richard Threlfall, heralding a younger, more diverse and ambitious industry.

This “spirit of activism to drive changes” will, he says, see technology such as Building Information Modelling increasingly embraced alongside offsite and modular construction, greener and more sustainable thinking and information technology that will unite the supply chain.

Richard Threlfall's five key reasons to be optimistic:

  • The need for infrastructure investment is understood; 
  • the value of infrastructure is better appreciated than it has been for many years; 
  • the general economic uplift is increasing demand; 
  • there is a pipeline of work and; 
  • there is a spirit of activism to drive changes.

This is a spirit of activism to drive changes is just one of Threlfall’s five key reasons to feel good about the prospects in UK infrastructure right now, as set out in the firm’s newly published Focus digital app for infrastructure building and construction.

“The construction industry is a very exciting place to be at the moment,” says Threlfall. 

“Wherever I go, what really strikes me about the industry is the universal desire for change and the desire to see that change happen as rapidly as possible,” he adds. “My spirit of optimism about this industry is driven by this desire.”

The KPMG Focus digital magazine for infrastructure, building and construction also features a series of exclusive interviews with key industry figure by Infrastructure Intelligence editor Antony Oliver.

These include industry grandee Sir John Armitt, Green Investment Bank chief executive Shaun Kingsbury, HS2 commercial director Beth West and Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore.

Each sets out their view of the priorities and challenges facing the industry as they highlight the key milestones for the sector as we move from recession back into growth. 

To download a free copy of KPMG Focus follow the links below:

From iTunes: click here

Online magazine: click here

For android device: click here

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