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Worldwide, both aerospace and defence organisations are facing ever-greater competition and the need to become leaner and more cost effective.

In the UK, significant cuts to funding as part of the Government’s commitment to reducing the deficit are putting the defence industry under increasing cost pressures. To address this, Government bodies are recruiting private sector firms to challenge the costs of new projects and identify additional cost savings in the day-to-day delivery of major programmes and projects.

The shift towards outsourcing project delivery is in part a result of a capacity shortage within the existing workforce. It is therefore important that a holistic approach is taken in delivering projects, understanding the balance between commitments and resources, establishing intelligent strategies to ensure goals are achieved.
A key constraint of working in both aerospace and defence projects are the security protocols that must be followed. With significant cost pressures from compliance requirements, service could be compromised by pressure on contractors to meet the budget constraints. It is also an area for an opportunity within the estate to drive out unnecessary processes, rationalising the system to ensure it is leaner and sufficiently coordinated to meet the demand and key risks without adding in further protocols.

Cost savings are also likely to be achieved through asset rationalisation, with the goal of centralising operations to reduce cost. It is important that advice is sought on the role and running costs of central and regional buildings to enable an informed decision to be made.

The defence sector is one of Quant and Measur’s main market areas. We have gained major project experience across the globe and UK. Our experience covers aircraft hangars, living accommodation, detainee handling facilities, fueling facilities, offices, air terminal buildings, sports facilities, roads, critical defence and training infrastructure and airfields and runways.