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i3P & Bentley: Moving from competitors to collaborators


i3P & Bentley Blog Series


Written by Mark Coates (Bentley Systems), Chris Walker (Be the Best Communications) & Sam Stacey (UK Research and Innovation). 

The 4th blog of this series explores the recent triumphs of the infrastructure industry and what’s next while on the road to recovery.



Just three months ago, construction activity in Britain fell at its fastest rate ever. Between March and April, almost nine out of ten construction firms (86%) reported a reduction in business activity, leading the IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index to record its lowest reading since data was first collected in April 1997. Last week, it was reported that the construction industry expanded in June 2020, defying expectations, and with purchasing activity rising at the fastest rate since December 2015.

This month’s recovery did not simply just happen. It came about because conversations between clients, consultants, contractors, the supply chain, and central government have been on-going for months. Careful and comprehensive planning has happened to enable sites to open safely.


View the full blog here.




Read more from this series:

i3P & Bentley: From Brewdog to BAM – We are all in this together
i3P & Bentley: What does a post-Brexit future look like for UK Infrastructure?
i3P & Bentley: Creating a safer industry through digital construction data

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