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Consultancy set up to cut joint project costs

PARTNERING'S FAILURE to control project costs has prompted quantity surveyor Franklin & Andrews to launch a new consultancy to advise clients how to identify early cost savings on major infrastructure projects.

Capro Consulting aims to provide clients such as Railtrack and London Underground with whole life cost models before they engage with contractors.

Chairman Martin Bishop told NCE this week: 'Significant cost cutting is possible at this early stage because alliancing doesn't stand up to scrutiny when you begin to operate. We have spoken to many clients and it is very clear this is what they are looking for.'

Capro also hopes to take business from engineering consultancies by providing cost models for banks funding infrastructure projects. The firm has a 20 strong staff but is expected to grow and take on up to 70 engineers and economists within two years.

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