Huge costs are incurred by the industry and its clients every year in registering for, and maintaining, separate lists of contractors and consultants for qualification and selection purposes.
Constructionline was established to eliminate the costs of this duplication. All the undersigned representative bodies supported this move, which was recommended in the 1994 Latham report. However, two years on, we are concerned at the continued use of separate in-house lists or other less comprehensive commercial systems. These systems do not have the support of the industry's representative bodies. Above all, their use involves wasteful duplicative of effort in supplying information which is already available through Constructionline.
We recommend that all contractors and consultants register with Constructionline, and all clients make use of it. Only then will the significant savings available to both clients and the industry be realised.
Christopher Vickers, chairman, Construction Industry Board, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT. On behalf of the Construction Industry Council, the Construction Industry Employers Council, the Constructors Liaison Group, the Construction Clients Forum and the Construction Products Association.