Costain Group Uses Global Best Practices and Collaboration to Maintain Growth and Keep High-Profile Projects on Track
By Sylvie MacKenzie, PMP on Feb 19, 2012
The Costain Group, one of the United Kingdom’s leading construction and
engineering companies, is at the forefront of the drive to develop and
improve the nation’s infrastructure. In its targeted sectors, ranging
from waste to transport, Costain plays a major role in the provision of
new facilities. The company’s strategy, “Choosing Costain,” aims to
make Costain the automatic choice in terms of both business and
Costain’s current contracts include the US$617 million (£397 million) contract for the design, construction, and commissioning of 44 different facilities for the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority. In addition, Costain has, as part of a consortium, a US$350 million (£225 million) contract with Southern Water to manage the design and construction of a new wastewater treatment works in the Brighton and Hove area. Costain is also heavily involved in the nuclear sector, including a US$462 million (£297 million) contract for full engineering, procurement, construction, and inactive commissioning of the Evaporator D project at Sellafield.
In 2010, the New Civil Engineer magazine named Costain the Contractor of the Decade.
To continue to manage its global portfolio with excellence and consistency, Costain Group created the “P6 Costain Way,” a suite of standardized processes, based on industry best practices and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera Risk Analysis. The company used Primavera to manage projects totaling US$1.75 billion—some 85% of its global portfolio—within 18 months of going live. Using Primavera also helped Costain to complete two major high-profile U.K. highway-widening and improvement projects ahead of schedule and well under budget.
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