More than 60 firms, including subcontractors and architects, have expressed an interest in the Design Build Foundation’s registration policy since its launch eight days ago.

Top contractors Tarmac, Try, Matthew Hall, Amec, Balfour Beatty and HBG signed up for the client body’s rigorous prequalification assessment at its House of Commons unveiling.

The foundation expects the rest of its 15 contractor members to join soon. Director-general Barry Holmes says if the project goes well, the date for other members of the project team to sign up will come forward.

Specialist suppliers have to wait until December to join. Designers, consultants and customers will come on board in March 2000.

Under the scheme, firms must pay £10 250 to undergo detailed tests to prequalify for design-and-build work for DBF members. If they pass, they will be allowed to use a foundation logo on their literature.