Strategy: Building Competitive Advantage in Construction

Rising needs of your business.

As an executive in the construction sector nowadays you are continually being challenged by the rising needs of your business and its stakeholders. From clients requiring better efficiency in delivery and their stakeholders and communities seeking greater social, economic and environmental return on investment; You need access to the latest tools and thinking to competitively position your business; not only for today but for the future. You also need to focus on the day-to-day and the needs of your workforce and supply chains. How do you develop a successful business strategy without the reliance of external expertise in such a short period of time?

A powerful and focused solution.

This Executive Programme offers a powerful and focused solution to gaining critical insight into the agenda affecting your construction business, together with accelerated learning around the strategic tools and techniques for succeeding. Delivered by our industry leading experts in a one week residential programme, we combine both knowledge transfer and peer-to-peer learning styles to ensure that you gain the most from this intensive process.

Your needs taken care of.

We have designed an exquisite hospitality package to ensure that you are able to relax and enjoy the process of critical thinking and accelerated learning, that shall ensure you deliver a powerful and successful strategy for your business.

By attending this programme you will:

  • gain critical insights and latest thinking into the agenda affecting your business in the construction sector.
  • gain comprehensive understanding of the strategic tools and techniques to manage the future development of you business.
  • gain strength and confidence in your strategic thinking and decision-making skills.
  • prepare yourself to further develop your business and your career.
  • establish relationships with like minded executives from other organisations within your industry.
  • deliver a well informed Business Strategy to take back to your organisation.


Dates available on request, please contact us.

8 places available per programme.


Sutherland Labs

52 Shorts Gardens

Programme Fee

£5,750 + VAT

What’s Included?

Five days with our experts and all programme materials.

Our hospitality package which includes four nights accommodation, daily breakfasts & lunches, one hosted evening dinner plus a spin round London with Small Car Big City.

Contact and Host

For enquiries please email Emily Harris at or call +44 (0)1244 740 205.

This Executive Programme is designed for leaders and senior executives of medium and large sized businesses involved in the UK construction sector. This includes professional services such as architectural and engineering practices, to main contractor and sub-contracting firms. Typical titles include, but are not limited to:

    • Chief Executive Officers


  • Managing Directors/Partners



  • Financial, Commercial, HR and other Directors



  • Other senior executive and managers charged with delivering competitive advantage in their organisations.



If you would like to discuss your suitability for the programme then please contact our Programme Lead direct by email to arrange a call back:

Your Course of Study

This programme offers a powerful and focused solution to gaining critical insight into the agenda affecting your construction business, together with accelerated learning in the time-tested framework for corporate strategy. Delivered by our industry leading experts in a one week residential programme, we combine both knowledge transfer and peer-to-peer learning styles to ensure that you gain the most from this intensive process.

The programme is organised around three strategy topics and three theme insights:

Corporate Strategy:

Strategic Positioning

  • Assessing the competitive environment of the construction industry
  • Understanding your competitive position

Competitor Analysis

  • Analysing competitor goals, capability and strategies
  • Understanding differentiation in construction

Strategy Development & Implementation

  • Making strategic choices
  • Implementing Strategy

Theme Insights:

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • How CSR is influencing the relationship between customer, supplier and stakeholder

Digital Construction

  • Closing the Information Gap – How digital and BIM is seperating the market


  • Taking down the barriers to productivity through Lean intervention.

Tim Whitehill


Tim is an experienced Strategy expert and is highly effective in using its well professed models and approaches to inspire leaders to overcome the critical issues facing today’s construction sector.

Tim has been working in the construction sector for over twenty years. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1996 then later gained a MBA in 2006, concentrating his research on The Critical Success Factors for Partnering in Construction. The early part of his career was spent in design and build contracting where he rose to the position of Managing Director of Qufab Construction Ltd in 2002. He later co-founded FCE Projects Ltd in 2004, a successful civil engineering business specialising in the power industry, which today he maintains the role of Director responsible for strategy and corporate governance.

Inspired by the industry’s ‘improvement agenda’ following the release of Sir John Egan’s 1998 report Rethinking Construction, Tim chose to diversify with his knowledge in 2006 to become a strategy expert for the construction sector. Having worked with organisations including the Constructing Excellence national and regional networks, BRE and the National Federation of Builders, Tim has supported more than 500 construction based businesses and organisations working to achieve the industry challenge to improve performance and deliver a better built environment.

Dr Michelle Brennan


Michelle is an experienced CSR and Social Value expert, highly effective in assisting companies manage their strategic approach to social impact/corporate responsibility in a way that supports both the business and the local community.

Michelle has had a diverse career, spending her earlier years within the legal sector before heading off to university in 2008 to study applied psychology. Having graduated with a first class honours in 2011, she progressed onto a PhD which focused on increasing sustainability across the construction industry.  Utilising psychological theories and models, her research focused on Emotional Intelligence and Leadership for transforming the sector. Through her academic studies, Michelle has gained a wealth of experience as a researcher and has applied these skills within her role as a consultant, assisting construction companies to improve their business through strategic evaluation.

Enthused by her PhD studies, Michelle decided to pursue a career within the construction sector and has built up a successful career over the last 4 years. Michelle is passionate about helping businesses understand the value of effective corporate responsibility and helping staff and projects to engage with their local communities. She has delivered workshops and a number of industry talks on the subject in an effort to engage the sector in being more socially responsible. Since the introduction of the Social Value (Public Services) Act, she has been working with organisations to help them recognise the power the industry has to tackle some of the more complex challenges facing our generation and how to embed this within their business strategy.

Dr Andy Ainsworth


Andy is an experienced consultant with an extensive track record of working with businesses to improve the way they operate. He is a detail oriented practitioner who’s focus is taking on practical challenges and developing workable solutions.

Andy has 20 years of experience of working directly with businesses across a number of sectors. With a PhD focused on environmental improvement in waste water infrastructure he brings a rigorous academic approach to all his work. He has a background in multi-disciplinary consulting, and while at Halcrow he worked on projects for clients including The Highways Agency, Transport Scotland, Thames Water and Welsh Government. He has also managed and delivered large-scale business support programmes across sectors including construction, food and drink and waste infrastructure.

More recently at Project Five, Andy has led the delivery of several projects focusing on the implementation of BIM across the construction supply chain. He has worked alongside public sector clients, national main contractors, specialist contractors, designers and product manufacturers to develop processes for the implementation of BIM. As a result he understands the challenges facing organisations starting to use BIM and how they can overcome these and realise the opportunities BIM can bring.

We have designed an exquisite hospitality package to ensure that you are able to relax and enjoy the process of critical thinking and accelerated learning, that shall ensure you deliver a powerful and successful strategy for your business.

a perfect place to stay


We have carefully selected a number of exclusive executive hotels within close proximity to Sutherland Labs, all of these hotels have that added extra to ensure you have the most comfortable stay in London, and to truly experience a week with Project Five. Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy a filling and nutritious breakfast in your hotel before taking a short walk to Sutherland Labs ready to start the day. Subject to availability we will ensure you are booked into one of these selected hotels for 4 nights during our Executive Programme, all details will be emailed to you prior to the event date.

a spin round London

Listed no.1 best thing to do in London by Time Out we will be taking you on a tour of London like you’ve never been on before.

We believe Mini Coopers are the bee’s knees and the perfect companion for the exploration of London. Small Car Big City’s fleet of restored classic Minis are ready and waiting to spin you round in this unique tour. They promise to blow the bloody doors of your expectations!

dinner with friends

Staying in the heart of London near to Covent Garden you will be treated to some of the best eating places this cultural, fashion and food district has to offer.

hospitality programme of the week

Monday – Please arrive at our venue Sutherland Labs before 9am, fresh fruit, a selection of pastries, tea and coffee will be provided on arrival.

A truly delicious and fulfilling lunch will be provided at our venue along with a selection of refreshments throughout the day.

Check-In at your hotel and relax in the comfort of your rooms or venture out to explore your surroundings.

Tuesday – Tasty breakfasts will be provided at your hotel, please ensue to take the time in your morning to enjoy breakfast.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at Sutherland Labs.

In the evening we will be hosting a unique entertainment experience with Small Car Big City as shown above.

Wednesday – Breakfast at your hotel.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at Sutherland Labs.

Thursday – Breakfast at your hotel.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at Sutherland Labs.

An evening dinner on your last night will be hosted by Project Five, we will book the restaurant and take care of everything, all you need to do is arrive.

Friday – The last breakfast at your hotel – your challenge is to try something new on the breakfast menu each morning.

Refreshments and a filling lunch will be provided at Sutherland Labs with a few afternoon treats befor

your host for the week

Along with Project Five’s experts you will be hosted by Academy Programme Manager Emily Harris during your stay. For any enquiries about your stay please contact Emily by email on

Please complete the enrolment form before completing the payment procedure below. 

Payment Procedure

Programme Fee: £5750.00 plus VAT

An initial non-refundable deposit of £1437.50 plus VAT is payable within 30 days of enrolment to secure your place on to the programme. The final sum of £4,312.50 plus VAT is due for settlement 30 days prior to the start date of the programme. During our payment process you will be asked to confirm that you have agreed to our terms and conditions.