Osborne showcases benefits of new ‘alliancing’ approach

£1.6 billion can be saved and 20,000 apprenticeships created by 2020 if the construction industry helps the government harness the power of creating sector alliances.
This was one of the key messages from Osborne when a number of its top team contributed to a recent event promoting ‘the power of alliancing’, run by the Alliance Steering Group.

Tyron Stalberg, Head of Bids at Osborne Property Services Ltd (OPSL) who is an active member of the ASG, said: ‘Alliancing is seen by many in the construction sector as an evolution of the partnering approach originally set out by Sir John Egan.

‘At Osborne, we are well-placed to help deliver the benefits of even closer working relations between clients and the various players in the construction industry. In my view, this is something we simply must embrace if we are to have any chance of delivering the productivity savings called for by the government and ensuring that we always have the right construction skills available.’

The ASG event was also attended by Nick Sterling, Managing Director of Osborne Communities and newly appointed Carol Bailey, Managing Director of Osborne Property Services.

Alan Elliott, Operations Director at OPSL, was also invited to present his experience and the benefits that had been generated in just the first two years of the Total Asset Management contract with Dacorum Borough Council.

He said: ‘For me, our partnership with Dacorum is the essence of what alliancing is all about. By working together, we have reduced repairs by a tenth and improved customer satisfaction with the service to a record high of 98 per cent.

Alan added: ‘By dramatically cutting the time taken to turn around void properties, we have allowed Dacorum to generate an extra £127,000 in annual rent. This has contributed to shared savings of £2 million in the first two years. None of this would have been possible without aligning our behaviours against common performance goals.’

The ASG event brought together senior leaders from across the industry to discuss and share how alliancing can deliver powerful results in housing, construction and infrastructure.