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Construction forum pushes for big increase in partnering

HALF OF the value of Britain's construction output should be carried out under framework and partnering arrangements by 2007, the Strategic Forum for Construction will say today.

The forum was launched last year to take forward the principles of Sir John Egan's 1998 report Rethinking construction. Members include the Department of Trade & Industry and client and contractor groups.

In its report Accelerating change, launched today, the Strategic Forum says that by the end of 2004, 20% of construction projects by value should be undertaken by integrated teams and supply chains. This figure should rise to 50% by 2007.

It urges clients to take independent advice on procurement and management options, environmental performance, operating and whole life costs.

The Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) welcomed the proposal. Some sections of the industry had suggested that independent client advisers should be created, complete with codes of practice and conduct.

But the ACE had argued strongly against the setting up of a 'bureaucratic structure, which would have been akin to creating a new sub-profession'.

INFOPLUS www. rethinkingconstruction. org

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