23 August 2001
Supply team integration will be a top priority for the construction industry's Strategic Forum, which first met this month.
Forum chairman Sir John Egan, author of the influential 1998 report Rethinking Construction, also called for more clients to be committed to best practice and for the industry to address "people" issues such as the sector's poor safety record.
The 16-member body includes representatives from government, the Office of Government Commerce, suppliers, contractors and clients.
"It's a step forward," said John Nelson, executive secretary of the Constructors Liaison Group, which represents specialists. "Of the Egan proposals, the most important concerns establishing a supply chain prior to design, with integrated supply chain management."
Many sector leaders see a move away from the traditional design-bid-build process to one encompassing more total supply chain integration between clients, architects, contractors and specialist subcontractors as the way to reduce cost over-runs and time-delays.