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Cross question


Following the letters regarding supervision of the backfill operation prior to the Gerrards Cross collapse (NCE last week), it would be unusual for a client such as Tesco to employ a resident engineer.

Such projects are usually design and build contracts with the risk and supervision duties clearly resting with the principal contractor. The designing structural engineer may have a watching brief but on-site supervision would be regarded by the client as double expenditure.

It would be interesting to know if this is the situation on this project.

Alan Braund,

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