Erik Oostwegel

Chairman Executive Board Royal HaskoningDHV

‘Creating the right mindset through joined campaigning at public and private levels’

Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with more than 130 years of experience. With 7,000 professionals Royal HaskoningDHV delivers services in the fields of asset management, aviation, buildings, energy, industry, infrastructure, maritime, mining, strategy, transport, urban and rural planning, water management and water technology.

What do you think the construction industry will look like in ten years?

‘I expect further integration of various players in the value chain leading to new and integrated service offerings, more focused on the management of the various (infrastructure) assets, more emphasis on sustainable life cycle and circular economy.’

In which part of its value chain do you think BAM can have most positive impact on society in general?

‘The most positive impact for BAM on society in general is in the part closest to its present core business, i.e. the actual high quality and efficient construction process. I strongly believe that to be a full-fledged player in the construction industry (as stated) teaming up with other parties will be most successful while sharing or mitigating risks.’

When BAM is trying to be more sustainable, how can they get value chain partners to go along?

‘By seeking client support and selecting like-minded partners (they do exist!) in all links in the chain. Easier said than done … try to compete with long-lasting quality instead of just price.’

In what way could partnerships contribute to this?

‘In creating the right mindset through joined campaigning at public and private levels, teaming up in showing the benefits; working towards an accepted and recognised quality label.’