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Japanese consultants seek UK advice on design and build

The Association of Japanese Consulting Engineers (AJCE) visited the UK last week to learn from UK experience of design and build.
Design and build is becoming an increasingly popular procurement route in Japan, one of AJCE's goals is to restructure the Japanese design and build procurement system by learning from the experience of firms operating under the UK system.During a week-long visit, ACE coordinated meetings between AJCE and ACE member firms, key clients like the Highways Agency, and contractors including Balfour Beatty, who are represented on ACE's advisory group. Last week the ACE also hosted talks with its sister association in Norway, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering Norway (RIF), last week during the Norwegians' fact-finding mission to the UK.During the discussions, ACE learnt that in Norway insurance premium levels are about 1% of turnover, which RIF considered to be high, and that, although there is no statutory cap, standard appointment documents contain an aggregate cap of about £750,000. RIF also runs its own captive scheme for members and its insurance representatives acknowledged that the insurance and liability regimes in Norway and the UK are vastly different.

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