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Tower roles

Your cover story in NCE 10 September entitled 'Desert towers' does not accurately reflect the responsibility and relationship of the consultants on this major project.

It suggests that Hyder Consulting is the lead consultant, which is true by title; however clarity is necessary on the definition of that title.

The project, in fact, utilises construction management techniques, with Turner Steiner International, as construction manager and Hyder Consulting, in a parallel role, as lead consultant of the design team. We believe that the key role of construction management should have been mentioned in the article, and moreover for a project of this magnitude, the reporting should have mentioned the entire professional team.

The quote by Harvey Binnie in the final paragraph that suggests that Hyder Consulting is responsible for 'time and cost issues' is also very misleading. While such comment is accurate, for the record the construction manager is responsible for the design and quality element.

P Anthony Gordon, project executive, Turner Steiner, PO Box 13036, Dubai, Arab Emirates.

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