FORMER BALFOUR Beatty group managing director Haro Bedelian has been appointed by the ICE to promote the use of the New Engineering Contract.
The move comes just a week after the Institution was criticised by the Government-backed Movement for Innovation for continuing to offer the now updated 7th Edition ICE form (NCE 7 October 1999). M4i executive director Ian Huntington challenged the ICE to drop its 'obsolete' traditional form and concentrate on the 'more progressive' NEC.
Bedelian claimed his appointment was not directly linked to last week's criticism, but added: 'The feeling is that the NEC is the future.'
He said his two day a week job will be to seek out the major clients and funding organisations that still shy away from using the NEC. He added that he would attempt to discover why use of the contract had not become as widespread as originally hoped.
'From a very promising start one would have thought use of the NEC would have grown more exponentially,' said Bedelian.
But the former Balfour executive added that it was right for the ICE to carry on selling both the 7th Edition and the NEC. 'A lot of practitioners still use the ICE form - one should not destroy all the hard work that has gone into it overnight,' he said.