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Main concerns

A lack of skilled and trained geotechnical personnel

Late payment

Work awarded on the basis of cost instead of quality and value for money. Added value expected at no extra charge

Reluctance to undertake (and pay for) appropriate site investigation. Continued poor quality of investigations due to cost cutting and poor management

Lack of legislation and tax incentives to encourage development of brownfield sites

Onerous warranties and unlimited liabilities being demanded by clients

Drop in rates coupled with increased competition and tighter margins

Lack of guidance for brownfield site development as well as lack of tax incentives

No clear UK government strategy in transport infrastructure investment

Intense competition in declining market

Unrealistic timescales and budget constraints

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