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Procurement details needed

Letters

Thanks for the excellent article on the construction of the Halley VI Antarctic research station (NCE 3 May) which properly showcased the UK's architectural and engineering skills.

As a procurement specialist and NEC contract enthusiast, may I add that the entire procurement process, from design competition, through essential 'early contractor involvement', risk management and agreement of a target cost contract, was managed by British Antarctic Survey using NEC contracts with support from procurement adviser, Mott MacDonald.

With NEC contracts 'going global' and the NEC generating significant revenue to subsidise ICE members' subscriptions, this is an excellent example of a procurement strategy and a contract performing in extreme circumstances.

More generally, may I make a request for NCE to in future make a habit of mentioning how the projects showcased in its pages have actually been procured?

As an engineer, I enjoy the technical detail but I, and many of your readers, would also greatly benefit from learning how projects have got from concept through to construction.

Richard Patterson (M), Richard.Patterson@ mottmac. com

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