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Big names chair masterclasses

MAJOR NAMES will lead a debate on improving construction efficiency at Civils 2000 this month.

Carillion chief executive Sir Nevillle Simms, Kvaerner executive vice president David Fison, Thames Water engineering director David Glendinning, Ernst & Young managing consultant Frank Devoy, and director of developer Hammerson, Geoff Wright, will chair masterclasses organised by the UK's Construction Best Practice Programme.

'We have some powerful guns on board and expect to stimulate debate, ' said CBPP director Zara Lamont.

Lamont added that the masterclass sessions would be calling on the experience of firms that have led the quest for improved performance.

'We are hammering home the message that there are real gains to be made, ' she said.

Masterclasses, to be run on all three days of Civils, are being aimed at clients, consultants and contractors.

Delegates attending the workshops will have an opportunity to hear how other industry players have tackled productivity and performance improvement through a series of case studies.

The case study line-up includes

supermarket chain ASDA head of development, Bob Simpson

electrical store Dixons director John Corless

contractor Thomas Vale director Tony Hynde

contractor Wates director David Stanley

consultant Holmes Partnership partner Harry Phillips

consultant Whitby Bird partner Mark Whitby Speakers will be comparing performance against CBPP key performance indicators, Lamont said.

Presentations will be candid and provocative, she predicted.

Wates director David Stanley claimed development of best practice working methods had delivered 30% year on year improvement in profits, in the last five years.

'We've achieved change within the firm and now need to take it to the supply chain. We envisage doing more business with fewer companies, ' Stanley commented.

'If they don't have the experience we'll invest in them.'

The move is vital if Wates is to compete for up-coming public sector contracts, Stanley said. It is to bid for prime contracts, where emphasis is on best value.

'The initiative has been driven by the Ministry of Defence and NHS Estates, but is being taken up by public sector. Public sector work is the market to be in at the moment.'

If you want to find out more on the Construction Best Practice masterclasses contact HYPERLINK mail to: paulfolio@aol. com or telephone (+44 1372) 841010

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