It seems one of the many qualities required to work effectively within the building services sector is an unlimited supply of patience.
While the familiar phrase ‘Good things come to those who wait’ extols the virtue of remaining patient, this is particularly difficult when great things are promised and then watered down or delayed.
For example, there was much relief when the coalition government confirmed that it would continue to support the Renewable Heat Incentive in its spending review two years ago.
The industry looked forward to tapping into the £860 million of funding, but the commercial version of the scheme did not launch until more than a year later; we will have to wait until next summer for the domestic RHI.
The ongoing review of private finance initiatives is another example of a potentially helpful initiative that is now widely seen as having the opposite effect.
The Priority School Building Programme is showing a distinct lack of progress, which is being attributed to the lack of PFI clarity, despite the Treasury’s denials.
While it is essential that these issues have sufficient time and effort devoted to them to ensure they do not cause more problems than they solve when launched, it would greatly assist our industry if a clear plan of action was provided and, more importantly, adhered to.
That way, all those involved know what to expect and when to expect it. Yet that, it seems, is too much to ask.