BBI Services gathered senior leaders from across the built environment to North Wales for its Construction to Production masterclass.

Hosted in partnership with Toyota at their world-class Engine Plant in Deeside, this exclusive event was held in collaboration with the manufacturer’s renowned Lean Management Centre.

The day was facilitated by BBI Services and is a practical hands-on experience and features specialist access to the Toyota factory, where delegates are shown first-hand how the manufacturing industry works day-to-day to deliver on time.

Additional sessions on quality management, productivity improvement, safety and strategy deployment were delivered, and the Toyota way of working was also demonstrated to show the importance of why people and team development should be married with process optimisation and performance improvement.

Andy Alder, Major Projects Vice President at Jacobs and Programme Director for Tideway, attended the latest session, he said: “Over many years, the construction industry has been urged to learn from the manufacturing industry.

“This visit highlighted many important lessons that could easily be taken and applied to the construction sector, especially for linear projects or repetitive activities.

“I believe civil engineers should consider this learning and think about how they can apply it to their work as it is an incredibly beneficial and insightful masterclass.

“Ultimately, the more efficient we are, the better we’re able to deliver more of the infrastructure that society needs and learning from manufacturing can help us achieve this.”

Mark Worrall, CEO of BBI Services, said: “The construction sector is facing a whole host of challenges of late including skills shortages, low productivity, building safety, tackling net zero targets and more.

“At BBI Services, we believe bringing together a blend of best practices from other sectors is one of the most powerful ways to learn from those who are doing things right first time. We are delighted with the mix of participants from clients, programme and engineering consultants to contractors. This really demonstrates the interest and desire for change across the sector.

“Toyota’s Lean Management Centre and production system is well respected around the world for its quality, efficiency and continuous improvement. We are incredibly proud to be able to partner with Toyota and provide a great example of how their manufacturing processes can be applied to the construction sector.

“Our masterclass helps senior leaders from some of the UK’s biggest construction companies see first-hand what Toyota do in terms of manufacturing and how they heavily involve people in their approach. This means they can then apply these practices within their own business to drive performance improvement.

“This session is part of an ongoing series of masterclasses that we have developed in partnership with Toyota and more dates are planned throughout 2022. We are driven to continue inspiring and helping businesses increase value, reduce waste, improve quality, transform their internal cultures and perform better.”

As a team of business improvement specialists, BBI Services can help organisations in the built environment achieve improved profitability, operational and organisational excellence by perfecting processes, enhancing performance and empowering people at all levels of an organisation..