Building working relationships

The construction industry is increasingly making use of collaborative working methods.  Organizations are benefitting more than ever from shared resources, risks and the support in delivering projects in time and under budget.

Collaborative working helps design and construction teams consider the whole lifecycle of a project, from concept to completion – along with partnerships. These include extended global supply chains and outsourced partners/alliances. 

Collaborate for successful projects

Collaboration in building isn’t a new concept. Organizations like Balfour Beatty and Costain have worked collaboratively for many years, but they, like many other successful construction businesses, have benefited from standardizing their approach since adopting the principles of BS 11000, the framework for collaborative business relationships.

Manage your relationships

Implementing standards to manage your relationships and processes will enable you to benefit from:

  • A successful, productive collaboration with your chosen partners
  • A neutral platform from which to work
  • Clearly defined roles and responsibilities to improve the decision-making processes
  • Access to a wider skillset and resource pool
  • Shared risks and reduced chance of project delays
  • Quicker results
  • Better management of your supply chain

Using BS 11000, the standard for collaborative working is one way to manage your relationships, but there are other standards that can benefit your business:

ISO 22301 Business Continuity
 helps you show internal and external parties that you have a robust management system that can cope with any business disruption

ISO 27001 Information Security helps you protect your partners’ and customers’ commercial information as well as your own

BS 11000 Collaborative Working Relationships helps you support the formation of joint ventures and alliances with organizations in other business sectors

BIM (Building Information Modelling) enables you to generate and manage information about a building project throughout its entire life cycle

Supply Chain Management helps you mitigate risks in supply chains, which are becoming more and more complex