10 May 2001 | David Arminas
Partnership arrangements and philosophies within the construction industry will survive the demise of the sector’s premier supply chain forum, according to Sir Michael Latham, author of the influential 1994 report Constructing the Team.
“The ending of the Construction Industry Board (CIB) is not negative for partnerships,” he told SM. “They are growing and deepening. But all sections of the supply chain need to be effectively and equally heard. Partnerships need to work right down the supply chain.”
Construction clients have “pulled the rug” on the CIB, he claimed. “I don’t agree with them, but I understand their concerns,” said Latham, who is also chairman of both construction firm Willmott Dixon and Partnership Sourcing Limited, the government and Confederation of British Industry body set up to encourage partnering in all UK industrial sectors.
At the end of last month, the main clients’ body, the Confederation of Construction Clients, withdrew its financial backing for the CIB, saying that the money could be better spent on more focused projects.
In the next several weeks, the CIB will meet a number of construction industry bodies that will consider becoming more cross-sector oriented and carry on CIB initiatives, including national construction week and the considerate constructors’ scheme.