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Five drivers for change

Construction leaders this week appeared committed to the Egan report recommendations despite niggling fears about the details.

Egan's report proposes five key 'drivers for change' - committed leadership, a focus on the customer, integrated processes and teams, a quality driven agenda and commitment to people.

It also demands that the industry develops ways to measure its own performance and issue targets for improved efficiency, safety, cost, productivity and quality. Radical changes, it says, will be necessary to meet them.

Among the recommendations in the report are:

Demonstration projects to develop best practice

Movement for Change in Construction body to measure and monitor improvement

Knowledge Centre - developed from the DETR's Best Practice Programme to co-ordinate research and learning

Targets for sustained improvement in the industry.

'We wish to see, within five years, the construction industry deliver its products to customers in the same way as the best consumer-led manufacturing and service industries,' concludes the report.

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