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Sister act

Much of the thinking in the Egan Task Force is likely to be echoed by work being done by the Construction Round Table. This powerful group of clients shares many members with the Egan task force, and is also chaired by a senior BAA executive managing director of group technical services Simon Murray.

The first meeting of its Agenda for Change initiative also identified the need to minimise waste on construction sites.

And it suggested that the group produce a users report to demonstrate how a piece of infrastructure performs in its delivery to the end customer.

Other proposals included simpler payment methods on which Murray said: We should be able to do better than minimum standards suggested by legislation and improving the benefits of partnering to construction firms.

Significantly, both these issues were identified by Tarmac chief executive Sir Neville Simms as vital to ensuring that construction firms went along with client wishes to improve efficiency (NCE 1/8 January).

The CRT plans to publish its proposals for improving efficiency this summer. Murray concluded: The CRT doesnt claim to be able to change the industry on its own. But all its members have the authority to go and carry out our recommendations within their own companies.

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