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Early contractor involvement vital for adoption of SUDS solutions

Early supplier and contractor involvement must be adopted to improve sustainable urban drainage (SUDS)schemes, industry think tank Constructing Excellence has urged.

Speaking at the Polypipe WMS SUDS seminar at the ICE, Constructing Excellence director Don Ward said: “Sustainable solutions should not cost more – we just go about it the wrong way.

“You can save a lot more than 20% in this industry by just working together collaboratively.”

The discussion focused on involvement from all parts of the supply chain from suppliers to contractors to ensure the best value was obtained. But he added that only around 12% of contractors’ projects were currently operating this way.

Ward added that although the public sector is better at early supplier and contractor involvement than the private sector, moves such as the Environment Agency decision to drop early contractor involvement were unhelpful, despite being “quite brave” as an early adopter of the method.

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