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TV documentary is'a lost opportunity'

Letters

I write having watched the Channel 4 documentary on the new Tate Gallery in London. The documentary raised many points but my main concern relates to the procurement of the steelwork subcontract.

To have two vastly experienced steel fabricators participate in a 'Dutch auction' to achieve cheapest tender price and shortest programme was extremely disappointing. Surely the client is best served by basing tender selection on best value using the project managers' knowledge and experience to assess the tenders. It seems to me that the fabricators were squeezed on margins and programme on the back of their eagerness to add this prestigious project to their portfolio and order books.

Ultimately, the client loses with the project overrunning and over budget. But does the project manager become accountable or are the subcontractors blamed?

Our profession is trying to improve its public perception and these programmes provide a great opportunity to demonstrate our abilities and talents.

Another opportunity lost.

Mark Phillip, mark_phillip_uk@yahoo.co.uk

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