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Don’t blame the contractors

I read with interest Mike Glover’s assertion last week that contractors demand and impose ridiculous deadlines.
In my experience such demands do not start, or stop, with contractors. I am pleased to see that Mike allows sufficient time in his programmes to develop precise and detailed contracts and give the contractor plenty of time after appointment to plan their works before they start.

I would suggest that is one of the main reasons why Mike’s project is on time and budget.

Unfortunately this is not the case with many other projects.

All too often clients and their advisers demand that work starts on site before the works have been properly defined and planned.

These demands are often a result of the need to catch up on delays in the planning and design phase caused by poor project management.

The result is a poorly specified project with little planning or risk management before work starts on site - a recipe for an unsuccessful project.

The contractor is then the easy choice of scapegoat for an outcome which is largely not of their making.

Peter Cousins (M)

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