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Egan review fails to win over clients - ACE

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CLIENTS ARE failing to fully embrace the Egan revolution, according to the latest edition of the Association of Consulting Engineers' Client Guide.

An ACE survey reveals that clients are less keen on procurement routes such as single-point sourcing and negotiation suggested in Sir John Egan's review of construction industry efficiency than construction professionals.

Conversely, pre-qualification and open tendering are more popular.

The survey also suggests that partnering is not growing.

Fifty five per cent of clients had partnering arrangements last year, but this has fallen to 39% this year. However, the number of firms considering partnering schemes rose from 14% to 35%.

However, construction professional were letting their side down by failing to monitor performance. Seventy per cent of clients wanted their construction firms to use value management - the number doing so was 20%.

The ACE Client Guide 1990. Published by Thomas Telford Books, price £30. tel (0207) 665 2464 www.t-telford.co.uk

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