Over half of SMEs could be ‘frozen out’ of government contracts

The recent ECA survey, carried out with leading industry partners, shows that over half of contractors (54 per cent) with a turnover of less than £1 million are ‘not ready at all’ for Building Information Modelling (BIM), while 3 in 10 firms (30 per cent-) with earnings between £1 million and £20 million were in the same position.

Yet the picture for larger building services contractors is very different: with the government deadline for the mandatory use of ‘BIM Level 2’ in all Whitehall-procured contracts looming, 11 per cent of the largest firms (turnover over £20 million) say they are not at all ready for BIM, with the majority either fully ready, or nearly fully ready.

ECA Director of Business Services Paul Reeve commented: ‘The ECA has developed a four-point action plan to help building services firms prepare for BIM Level 2, and we will be working with our industry partners to drive this plan forward.’ 

The ECA’s sector-wide ‘BIM readiness’ survey was backed by a range of partners and supporters across building services. They included the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), BSRIA, the Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES) and SELECT (Please see Notes to Editors for full list).

The full results of the survey, which attracted hundreds of responses from contractors, consultants and others associated with the sector, will be released later this year.


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