Costain in the spotlight
Since the early 1970s when project management began to emerge as a recognised profession, customers in the engineering and construction industries traditionally set three core objectives as the basis for project success: time, cost and quality. With the added emphasis on safety over the years, these requirements have been the guiding force for good project managers.
We are all well aware of the challenge facing the UK engineering and construction sectors: it is our job to provide the infrastructure needed to meet future demand for energy, transport and water supply with ever-tightening budgets and stretched resources.
What more is there to write about Thameslink? The project will forever change rail travel through central London for the better, transforming one of the capital’s busiest interchanges and helping to develop the next generation of signalling technology.
Earlier this year, the National Audit Office (NAO) reported that more than a third of major government projects due to be completed over the next five years were at risk of failure. Costain, which has recently acquired management consultancy Rhead Group, hosted a round table with New Civil Engineer to discuss the barriers to effort to move these projects forward.
Cameron Tonkin and Tim Embley make an interesting double act. It would be no exaggeration to say that Costain’s director for advisory services and the firm’s group innovation and knowledge manager respectively represent the transformation that is taking place at the company.