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Flight from fight

Antony Oliver’s editorial on disputes touches on whether the construction industry is seeing just as much if not more adversarialism as a decade ago (NCE 10 April).

What was not mentioned was the positive impact that ICE’s NEC suite of contracts has had on reducing adversarialism across the construction industry. NEC was involved in the compl- etion, on time and on budget, of two of the projects cited (CTRL and T5), and will be central to delivering London 2012.

When the ICE launched NEC in 1991 it was indeed against a background of massive cost and time overruns where disputes were the norm and the aim of contractors was to “make the profits on the claims.”

Since then, contractors are increasingly making NEC a requirement for their clients and it is now strongly recommended by the OGC as a project management tool for all public sector projects.

BOB MCGOWAN, chairman NEC Strategy Group, ICE, 1 Great George Street, London.

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