TRADE BODIES for consultants and contractors joined forces this week to form a common forum for winning overseas contracts.
The merger of lobbying and trade promotion bodies the British Consultants Bureau and the International Construction Group will for the first time give UK consultants and contractors a common forum to seek out overseas opportunities and promote joint interests, said BCB chief executive Colin Adams.
The move recognises the growing popularity overseas of build own operate transfer (BOOT) schemes and emerging interest in the private finance initiative. Consultants and contractors are increasingly joining forces to win and deliver such contracts, said Adams.
BCB-ICG will promote greater involvement of consultants in private sector work, a field in which contractors tend to predominate, said Adams. Contractors will be encouraged to compete more aggressively for international funding institution work, the stronghold of consultants.
BCB and ICG, which respectively have close to 300 member firms and 15 members, already have manufacturer Corus, contractor and project manager Bovis Lendlease, and consultants Hyder and Taywood Consulting in common.
ICG is to relocate to the BCB headquarters in London's Victoria. There are no immediate plans for a new identity.