Business Case Studies by Industry - Construction

Below is a list of The Times 100 business case studies from companies within the Construction sector of industry. Choose a case study from the lists alongside each company.

The Times 100 construction case studies

    • Blue Circle Cement Logo

      Blue Circle Cement

    • Bryant Homes Logo

      Bryant Homes

      • [+] Building a competitive advantage

        This case study outlines how Bryant Homes, one of the UK’s leading home building companies, has developed a competitive strategy. — Edition 7

      • [+] Using IT in sales and marketing

        The case study examines some of the lessons that Bryant Homes has learned from its venture with the Internet to date. — Edition 6

      • [+] Using IT to energise sales and marketing

        This case study focuses on the use of an Intranet service to help customers make informed choices when buying Bryant Homes properties. — Edition 5

      • [+] Pricing the product

        This case study sets out to examine a key aspect of house pricing - how Bryant Homes, one of this country’s leading builders of houses, goes about pricing its new properties. — Edition 4

      • [+] Tackling the shortage of building land

        This case study focuses on the issues of one organisation’s adaptation to its environment. — Edition 3

    • CEMEX Logo

      CEMEX

    • Gardiner & Theobald Logo

      Gardiner & Theobald

      • [+] Sustainable development in the construction industry

        The Quantity Surveyor is a key advisor at all stages of the property life-cycle for which there are many factors that influence it. This study will focus on just one, the issue of sustainable development - 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations to meet their own future needs'. — Edition 7

      • [+] Constructing the future

        This study focuses on one issue of sustainable development - the property life cycle. — Edition 5

    • Hewden Logo

      Hewden

    • Lafarge Logo

      Lafarge

      • Developing a sustainable supply chain to add value

        This case study will explore how Lafarge UK is active in all three sector of industry and how it manages the need to develop the business alongside protecting the environment and respect for local communities. — Edition 17

    • Portakabin Logo

      Portakabin

      • [+] Product development, innovation and the product life cycle

        The case study focuses on the processes involved in creating the Yorkon Building System and the role of marketing in launching the new product. — Edition 18

      • [+] Adding value through health and safety

        This case study explains in detail how Portakabin implements health and safety policy and highlights the benefits this brings to the business. — Edition 17

      • [+] Achieving growth through product development

        This case study illustrates how Portakabin, a manufacturer of factory produced buildings, has developed a range of new products called Essential Business Solutions (EBS). The purpose of EBS was to develop products that more closely meet the needs of its customers. — Edition 16

      • [+] How the role of marketing drives business forwards

        This case study shows how Portakabin uses marketing to identify and anticipate customer needs and then meet them. — Edition 15

      • [+] Lean production at Portakabin

        This case study focuses on how Portakabin uses lean production methods to ensure it produces aquality product that gives value to the customer. — Edition 14

      • [+] Promoting the brand

        This case study explores how Portakabin uses market analysis to identify customer requirements and promote its brand. — Edition 13

      • [+] How market research helps Portakabin to remain at the cutting edge

        This case study helps students understand the importance of market research to successful, customer-led product development. — Edition 12

      • [+] The importance of excellent customer service

        This case study helps students understand the importance of understanding what customers want to improve customer service. — Edition 11

      • [+] The importance of quality in creating competitive advantage

        As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: know that quality relates to how well a product does what it is intended to do, explain how the ability to provide quality consistently gives some companies competitive advantage, demonstrate the importance of offering customers high quality service. — Edition 10

      • [+] Meeting customer needs for competitive advantage

        As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: define the term competitive advantage, understand the importance of differentiation as a competitive strategy, distinguish between private and public sector customers. — Edition 9

      • [+] Developing products and services to meet market demand

        This case study examines how Portakabin has developed new products in response to growth in its existing markets. In particular, it focuses on Portakabin WardSpace accommodation: an efficient way of meeting increasingly demanding and highly specific requirements of the healthcare industry. — Edition 8

      • [+] Responding to an Emerging Market

        This case study looks at how the Portakabin operations exhibit the kind of good practice that the Construction Task Force wants to see the whole industry adopt. In particular, it demonstrates how Portakabin is 'ahead of the game' by being customer-led and responsive to the changing business environment. — Edition 7

    • RMC Logo

      RMC

    • Tarmac Logo

      Tarmac

    • Tata Steel Logo

      Tata Steel

    • Taylor Woodrow Logo

      Taylor Woodrow

      • Involving employees in meeting corporate objectives

        This case study shows how Taylor Woodrow, is creating a benchmark for human resource development by matching its objectives with the needs of its employees. This places human resource development at the centre of the company’s culture. — Edition 8

    • Travis Perkins Logo

      Travis Perkins

      • [+] Building Human Resources to provide a foundation for growth

        As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: appreciate the importance of customer service as part of the overall product offered by organisations, understand how customer service helps to give an organisation a competitive advantage, illustrate how customer service enables an organisation to build a strong business capable of growing faster than its competitors. — Edition 10

      • [+] Meeting customers' needs

        As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: identify how the business maintains sustained financial growth through acquisition and development of the existing business, understand how a customer service programme can help to improve performance and ensure long term financial stability, explain the key components of the marketing mix and how implementation of the mix will enhance customer satisfaction. — Edition 9

      • [+] How an Environmental Management System (EMS) helps create a sustainable business

        This case study shows how Travis Perkins has built an EMS based on the International Standard ISO 14001 in order to reduce costs and make a major contribution to ‘sustainability’. Therefore, it intends to minimise its impact on the environment. — Edition 8

      • [+] Using management training to build a better business

        This case study emphasises the importance of training. In doing so it focuses upon the management trainee programme developed by Travis Perkins. This illustrates how its training scheme has been used to build a fast-growing business in a competitive business sector. — Edition 7

About the construction industry

The construction industry is responsible for the building and assembling of infrastructure. The industry covers public and private buildings, such as housing, schools and hospitals as well as the construction of roads and bridges. Maintenance of buildings and infrastructure is also the responsibility of the construction industry. The industry requires a diverse workforce including engineers, surveyors, builders and architects.

Tarmac is the UK's market leader in road surfacing and has been operating since 1903. Tarmac is separated into two businesses, one which extracts raw materials required by the industry and one that turns the raw materials into usable products for the construction industry. This sector has seen a downturn in recent years due to the recession but many organisations continue to make huge profits. CEMEX is a global building solutions company that generates over £1 billion in sales. In the UK CEMEX has a supply network with over 500 locations.

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