Stakeholder - Daisy Corporate Services

Costain Case Study – Supporting the UK-wide provision of advanced, digitally-led infrastructure management services

Costain is one of Britain’s foremost engineering solutions providers, working to improve the nation’s quality of life by delivering integrated consultancy, asset optimisation, technology and complex delivery services, in vital areas such as rail travel, energy, water, highways and more.

Costain provides a complete end-to-end offering, encompassing all aspects of design, construction, engineering, maintenance, facilities management, integrated consultancy and innovation across the life cycle of its clients’ assets.

Harnessing digital technology is central to achieving this vision. Through the effective capture and analysis of data, Costain generates vital insights that allow it to optimise clients’ infrastructure usage, respond to challenges quickly and deliver outstanding results for UK citizens.


The Challenge

Daisy’s deep, all-round expertise in complex IT integration makes it a natural partner for Costain. The relationship stretches back over a decade, during which Daisy has progressed from supplying relatively simple break-fix telephony services to the operation of a full IT service desk, which combined 25% cost savings with improved SLA delivery.

Over time, the partnership has expanded to include several upgrades to Costain’s IT hardware and systems (covering more than 3,000 assets and accompanying software) and a combined IT support contract with its own full-time service manager and on-site support teams at the business’ Manchester and Maidenhead offices.

Costain has always been forward-thinking in its approach to IT and data systems. As the group has moved towards an end-to-end, data-driven and holistic approach to infrastructure management, it has been quick to draw on Daisy’s knowledge to facilitate the delivery of crucial applications and maximise the effectiveness of its offer.


The Solution

To meet the demands of Costain’s new technology-intensive working methods, Daisy has helped the group’s internal IT team migrate much of its digital estate to Microsoft’s cloudbased Azure platform.

This allows Costain to deliver complex technology in a new and seamless way to the whole of its business – a total of 5,000 users. Meanwhile, the adoption of Office 365 has helped to enhance data sharing and collaboration across the organisation.

In addition to managing its own internal applications, the group has been able to use the Azure platform to provide key solutions direct to its customers. These include document management, project controls and access to public enquiry information.

In addition, Daisy has also taken on the management of Costain’s mobile telephony requirements, including the provision of Office 365 for phone to 3,500 individual users, ranging from office-based support staff to engineers in the field.


The Result

“Today, to manage the built environment effectively, you have to digitise it in some way,” said Costain’s Systems and Technology Director, Bill Price. “We’re training drone pilots to give us digital images of areas… putting GoPro cameras on the front of trains to survey lines. It’s becoming much more of a digital environment. For us, it’s about using tools to get a better view or control of scope and scale.”

Daisy has played a central role in changing Costain’s business to a technology-driven, end-to-end model that fully supports its brand. The migration to a cloud-based delivery approach will reduce the need for future large-scale systems upgrades, while hardware outlay is also likely to reduce.

Operational efficiency, by contrast, is undergoing a transformation.

The relationship is founded on trust, and a shared commitment to service excellence. By building a deep understanding of Costain’s business and future strategy, the Daisy team can contribute in an empirical, ongoing way to the planning process, keeping the business where it wants to be – at the forefront of technological innovation. Continuity of personnel has enhanced this atmosphere of collaboration, with Daisy’s account director having worked with Costain from the earliest stages of the relationship. Daisy’s service manager takes regular part in senior management meetings and members of Daisy’s on-site team are known at all levels of the organisation, from chief financial officer to security staff.

This is not a project-based or sales-based relationship. Instead, Costain views Daisy as a strategic partner for IT, technology innovation and ongoing business support. This puts Costain, and by extension a vital swathe of UK infrastructure, in a position to thrive, well into the future.


To download the full case study click here.

Contact Us

Daisy Corporate Services

Daisy House

Lindred Road Business Park




Tel: 0344 863 3000

[email protected]


Featured Video

  • UK Construction Online’s Stakeholder page offers you the chance to find and learn about the leading companies in the UK Construction Industry.

    Featuring the very best suppliers and operators in the sector our stakeholder’s pages offer detailed information about the company, their latest case studies and press releases, plus products and services and testimonials.

    We work with our stakeholders to constantly update and maintain this database to ensure that the information is relevant and helpful for those looking to source premium quality companies in the UK construction market.

    You can ‘View all Stakeholders’ or use the drop down menus to find specific stakeholders via their company name or by sector.

    Join the Fastest Growing Community for Construction

    UK Construction Online's Stakeholder package quickly connects your company to our vast audience of over 250,000 visitors a month.

    View our latest Alexa ranking:

    What is a Stakeholder?

    A stakeholder is a Mircosite that has the power to highlight a product or service, launch a promotion, or promote brand awareness to the construction industry in a way that full websites or more traditional marketing cannot.

    All stakeholders have the ability to have their latest press releases and case studies promoted across the UK Construction Online platform. UK Construction Online is updated daily, with the latest news across all sectors within the construction industry and all stakeholders are promoted on both social media and to a mailing list of over 122,000 subscribers.

    UK Construction Media
    0800 6127680
    [email protected]