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The facts

Partnering is a management technique which uses teamwork, shared problem solving and incentives to deliver projects within budget and programme.

It has been used in the retail trade, motor industry and offshore industry successfully for many years and has been picked up by construction in the last six years.

Sir Michael Latham's review of the UK construction industry recommended adoption of the technique to rid construction of its adversarial culture and predicted 30% savings in cost and time.

Latham's work was picked up by Sir John Egan's Rethinking construction report in July 1998. The brief was to map how construction could change its culture and become more efficient.

Government has committed itself to adopting partnering techniques via prime contracting and best value.

Movement for Innovation was created in November 1998 to co-ordinate demonstration projects which would publicly trial ideas for change.

The Government's Clients Charter, due out in July, aims to have clients responsible for 50% of UK construction spending committed to the ideals set out in the Egan report.

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