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M4I calls for projects north of Watford

CONSTRUCTION TEAMS in the Midlands, North East, North West, Scotland and Northern Ireland are being urged to put schemes forward as demonstration projects under efficiency guidelines set in the Egan report.

'We want to plug the gaps geographically and in what innovations are being trialled,' said Movement for Innovation chairman Alan Crane at a demonstration project road show in London last week.

M4I is looking for more demonstration projects to act as a test bed for the ideas proposed in the Rethinking construction report for improving the performance of the industry.

M4I also needs projects that are willing to focus on product development and component supply issues to put themselves forward.

It currently has 85 projects and claims there is no limit to the numbers it will accept. 'We want to create a critical mass,' said Arup personnel director Stella Littlewood, who is on the M4I board.

Crane is hoping a second Rethinking Construction conference, planned for Birmingham in July, will drum up the necessary extra projects.

Further information from www.m4i.org.uk

(See page 17)

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