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Clients construction rethinking

Creating change by changing ourselves; The work of the Construction Round Table

Clarity of purpose, the desire to achieve the right result and a certain amount of relief are the three fundamentals which for me mark the initial 12 months of activity of the re-launched Construction Round Table. Let me deal with the last item first.

The objectives of the CRT predate both last summer's seminal report, 'Rethinking Construction', by Sir John Egan et al and the Movement for Innovation (M4I), set up last autumn by Government to implement the report.

We clients of the construction industry who form the CRT had already spelled out what we intended doing to improve an under-performing industry in our own report, 'Agenda for Change', published in December 1997.

It was very reassuring for us at the CRT that our view of the way forward lined up with that of the corpus of construction. We as an organisation are offering a firm commitment to the Movement and its future activity. Five CRT members are on the Movement Board, our secretariat supports the DETR Movement Team and CRT demonstration projects are part of the Movement's projects.

The clarity of the CRT's purpose is absolute. It is to get better products from the construction industry in terms of overall reliability and value. We want to encourage the very best of design and delivery; and to obtain constructed facilities that can be used and maintained efficiently. We know we have to act as a ginger group that recognises that the only way to get the construction industry to change for the better is to change ourselves.

To that end, in the last 12 months we have promoted three streams of activity targeted at thoroughly examining vital aspects of the construction procurement and implementation processes. Three Task Groups have been established specifically to steer research projects, in the areas of Design, Trading Environment and Delivery Process.

The CRT believes that key performance indicators and mechanisms for improvement will emerge from these projects. We are committed to sharing our findings and encouraging the beneficial ones to be taken up as best practice.

Martin Reynolds,

CRT Chairman 1998-99

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