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Bovis loses out to Mace in BAA's framework review

MACE HAS replaced Bovis as one of the three best construction managers, according to the UK's most demanding client.

Mace, which was set up 10 years ago by ex-Bovis employees, was named one of the 'best of the best' construction managers by BAA last week. Taylor Woodrow and Amec got the same accolade.

The three companies have picked up the plumb jobs on BAA's south east airports in the current review of framework agreements.

Laing Management and Heery were also selected to continue working for BAA. Laing will work with property subsidiary Lynton and Heery retains the Scottish airports' brief.

Losers in the review are Bovis and Schal, the firms credited with developing construction management in the UK.

BAA has used the first review of its five-year frameworks to reduce the number of construction managers it works with from seven to five. The decision was prompted by a reduction in workload caused by delays to Terminal 5 and a major rethink of how it wants its framework companies to co-ordinate. (NCE 21 January)

'It was a difficult decision but an objective review has taken place,' said a spokesman. 'BAA regarded all its construction managers as best in class, otherwise they would not have been selected in the first place.

'Given that BAA had to reduce numbers its task was to identify the best of the best.'

Bovis is currently part of the Terminal 5 team and will continue until a 'suitable breakpoint'.

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