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UK consultants told to emulate US delivery style

UK consultants should emulate the urgent and demanding style of US consultants to boost their reputation overseas, construction consultant McBains Cooper director Richard Fewings has said.

Fewings said the UK could be “devastatingly dominant … as an international design and construction power if we combined UK expertise with US-style pace and urgency”.

“UK construction and property expertise combined with a bit of Manhattan-level pace could establish Britain as the absolutely dominant source of professional consultancy, worldwide, for generations,” he said. “That may sound a little aloof or ambitious, but UK construction professionals are the best in the world. When you combine that with the aggressive accelerated delivery New York is noted for, it’s a very strong package.”

He said one area where pace and cost management can be improved is by being more demanding towards the supply chain. “We have to take every opportunity to squeeze the procurement and delivery process, such as far more frequent progress and co-ordination meetings than is the UK norm, fully exploiting pre-ordering opportunities, and maximising use of overseas suppliers to drive competition,” he said.

Fewings recently joined McBains Cooper after nine years working in New York.

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