The current market conditions are forcing clients and their supply chains to review costs and tender processes. However, as an industry we must resist any return to adversarial, lowest price procurement processes
Work done to improve the industry since the Latham and Egan reports has challenged its culture and processes, but real benefits have been seen. We cannot abandon that good work now.
In Wales, collaborative working is thriving and we are seeing great projects being planned, designed and built. Framework agreements enshrine a collaborative approach, give clients certainty that work will be completed and provide contractors and their suppliers with long-term revenue plans, which is what everyone wants.
Clients and supply chains must work more closely and embrace collaborative working. If we don’t,things will get worse for everyone.
Milica Kitson, chief executive of Constructing Excellence in Wales