13 May 2008 | Paul Snell
The lack of progress in supply chain integration is the "one disappointment" in targets set out by the building industry.
The Strategic Forum for Construction said there had been good progress on targets such as increasing the number of qualified staff, apprenticeships and boosting further education, since the publication of Sir John Egan's report Accelerating Change in 2002.
However, the industry had failed to meet the target of half of construction projects being carried out by integrated teams and supply chains by 2007.
Accelerating Change advised buyers to form close working relationships with their supply chains to eradicate the "adversarial" culture inherent in the sector (News, 19 September 2002).
Mike Davies, chairman of the strategic forum, said in a statement: "While most parts of the industry recognise that more integrated working is taking place, and can demonstrate the benefits that arise from this, it has not extended as widely as the report had intended or as the industry would like."
He added the Strategic Forum views this improvement as a priority, and has drawn up an action plan of what needs to be done, with the help of case studies of successful projects where it has been achieved.
A new set of targets for the industry will be launched on 11 June by the group in the Strategy for Sustainable Construction.