About Beacon Projects

Beacon Projects shine a light on good practice happening in the sector that others can learn from.

Beacons might be whole construction projects, parts of projects, or just new approaches to problems that can be shared with the sector to speed up change and support transformation. All projects demonstrate elements of the Construction Sector Accord, which could be showing the principles in action, or innovative ways to achieve the Accord goals and outcomes.

'Beacon Projects' is a major workstream in the Construction Sector Accord Transformation Plan, showing how the Accord can be implemented in the real world. The sharing of experiences and lessons learned gives sector participants the opportunity to show leadership and to support the Accord principles of working collaboratively, fostering innovation and sharing knowledge.

Identifying Beacons

Any activity relevant to construction could be a Beacon Project. It might be an entire construction project, an innovative collaboration model, a successful procurement method, or a new approach to environmental sustainability. It could be a project that is just beginning, or one that has been completed. The project must meet a set criteria, and present a learning opportunity for the construction sector.

To ensure that everyone can learn from Beacon Projects, we will look for exemplars from projects of different types, sizes and locations that come from across industry and the public sector.

Potential Beacon Projects will be assessed against this criteria:

  • The extent to which the project aligns with the Accord principles
  • The level of contribution to the Accord outcomes and goals
  • The extent to which the project demonstrates innovation that is transferrable to other parts of the construction sector.

Potential Beacons can be self-nominated, or identified by Accord partners or others in the sector. A candidate project will formally become a Beacon Project once it's accepted by the Accord Steering Group as having met the criteria.

Being a Beacon

Having a project named as an Accord Beacon Project gives companies, agencies and organisations the opportunity to be leader in sector transformation, and to take advantage of the Accord network to support their initiative. Participants need to be willing to operate their project in line with relevant Accord principles, to share details of their activities, and to report the things that worked well and what could be improved.

This information will be shared with Accord members and the wider sector in a number of ways, including the Accord newsletter and website, and at in-person and virtual events. In this way, entities can help others to improve their practices, which will lead to a better performing sector.

Other good practice projects

Not all potential projects will meet the Beacon Project criteria, but they may still have valuable lessons to share. If a project demonstrates innovative approaches and is consistent with the principles of the Accord but doesn’t meet the criteria, there may still be opportunities for the project to work alongside one of the Accord workstreams to test practices or collect lessons to be shared.

Find information on the Accord Beacon Projects