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National concrete specification adopted

MAJOR CLIENTS and consultants have at last adopted the National Structural Concrete Specification for Building Construction, it was revealed last week.

BAA and Stanhope have made the latest, now expanded specification mandatory for all their consultants, while Ove Arup has already replaced its own inhouse specifications with the new document.

The specification has been developed by concrete structures group CONSTRUCT, the Reinforced Concrete Council, the British Cement Association and BRE. It is claimed it could save the concrete construction industry up to £30M a year.

First launched two years ago, the performance-based document is designed to replace the vast array of consultants' specifications, which have evolved over years (NCE 5 November 1998). These frequently conflict with each other and often contain old-fashioned prescriptive clauses that clash with current standards and codes of practice.

Consultation over the last two years has led to the original version being expanded to cover foundations, waterresisting structures and prestressed concrete construction.

Construction minister Beverley Hughes said the specification was 'an encouraging sign of the ability of the construction industry to work across the traditional boundaries of client, contractor and specialist contractor.'

Funding for the project came from the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions and the ICE.

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For a copy of the Specification, price £20, call (01344) 725704.

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