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New BCB chief pushes for merger with ACE

BRITISH CONSULTANTS Bureau's new chairman Peter Garrett this week stepped up pressure for a merger with the Association of Consulting Engineers.

'The future of consultancy rests on being able to deliver what the client wants. Nowadays this means being more multi-

disciplinary,' said Garrett.

'We will have a single voice that represents our interests to government and to the private sector.'

Garrett, senior partner and chief executive of ACE and BCB member firm Knight Piesold, took over the BCB chairmanship from Clive Hardcastle just before Christmas.

He started his career in heavy construction in South Africa before moving on to mining and hydroelectric projects in Africa and then South America.

His recent involvement with the BCB has been in promoting British consultants in South America.

Garrett's priority as BCB chairman is to convince ACE and BCB members of the benefits of a merged organisation before the vital vote in March.

He accepts that the two organisation have different cultures and objectives, but said that all services offered by the existing organisations would be available to members of the new Association of British Consultants.

Garrett also admitted that members of both organisations feared that the merger will dilute benefits. 'The trick we have to achieve is to deliver this broad range of services while accepting that there will be firms that will not wish to take advantage of them all,' he said.

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