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Flush out the gents


I am often amused by my level of surprise at things I encounter in the construction industry.

We are now in the 21st century and the institutions are looking at ways to attract a greater cross-section of people into the industry, so this particular 'surprise' really causes me some consternation.

Why do the Conditions of Contract for Ground Investigations, prepared by the ICE jointly with the Association of Consulting Engineers and the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors, still use the term 'gentleman' to open and close their form of tender.

Having discussed the negative image that this portrays with my colleagues in the geotechnical department, they will be taking steps to remove the term from their specifications. Would it be possible for our learned bodies to do the same?

Helen Gribbon, group manager, Buro Happold, Helen.Gribbon@BuroHappold.


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