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Promote designers


I remain uneasy about the ICE's initiative to set up an approved list of planning supervisors (NCE 20 September), despite my understanding that it was passed unanimously by both the Safety Board and Council.

We already have other organisations with interests in establishing and raising standards, in particular the Association of Planning Supervisors. This ICE proposal seems to track an independent path and hence will lack the 'joined up construction' approach that we so desperately need. I do hope that this important aspect will be considered as our approach should be all embracing.

If we are to raise standards, the key duty holder is the designer. Far too much relative attention is being given to the largely non essential planning supervisor - generally an artificial member of the team whom I hope will disappear when the regulations are reviewed.

The Institution can indeed play a real role here as 'designers' are the core of the membership. This is where the added value lies, and is needed to rethink the construction process.

Until we recognise their central, and lasting role, we will not move forward.

John Carpenter, director of health and safety, Symonds Group, Manchester John.Carpenter@ symonds-group. com

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