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'Initiative fatigue' tires industry bosses

CONSTRUCTION IS on the brink of 'initiative fatigue', brought on by the rash of new directives designed to reform the industry, experts warned this week.

The Association of Consulting Engineers and the Construction Client Forum voiced fears that the number of schemes and poor co-ordination between the organisations backing them was potentially overwhelming and confusing for businesses.

Construction Client Forum executive secretary Tony Pollington feared that 'the uninitiated' could be intimidated by the number and diversity of initiatives. 'One has to accept there's a real danger of fatigue,' he said.

Pollington's caution came as the Construction Industry Board launched its Model Project Pact on Tuesday. This hopes to integrate clients with their supply chains.

But Ron Williams, managing director of Mott MacDonald civils and transportation management unit, said it was more important to achieve rationalisation and integration between different initiatives being thrust upon the industry.

He added that trying to fit together the Construction Best Practice Programme, the Movement for Innovation and many other projects had been quite a challenge.

CIB's pact follows hard on the heels of the Design Build Foundation Charter, inaugurated last week, and key performance indicators produced by Movement for Innovation two weeks ago.

In addition, research organisation CIRIA is working with consultants to develop its own, independent, set of performance indicators.

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