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Shed loads

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Andrew Mylius's article 'A design for strife?' raises many points on the wisdom of design and build contracts (NCE 8 June). A pertinent comment from Simon Murray, chairman of contractor Geoffrey Osborne and former director of major projects at Railtrack, is that 'the people who really know how to do things are the suppliers and specialist contractors'.

The increasing size and pressures on the design of sheds encouraged the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) to initiate a Single Storey Buildings Group - comprising a dozen specialist subcontractors, suppliers and designers.

The original idea was to look into the sheds of the future.

However, discussions soon highlighted that the sheds can be improved signicantly through a review of the procurement process and the relationship in the supply chain.

I am aware that sheds are not as complicated as Wembley Stadium, but most of the issues raised in the article would bring similar problems if not handled well.

The group's deliberations have been captured in an SCI publication: Single Storey Building - Best Practice Guidance for Developers, Owners, Designers and Contractors.

The thrust is for the client to be able to provide a clear brief of his objectives and to assemble a team under the design and build contractor that has the expertise, and the will, to deliver a building that contributes as fully as possible to his objectives.

Graham Raven, Silwood Park, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7QN

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