This article speculates about the prospects of the British construction industry during the next five years. Prospects for it could become much better if the recommendations of the 1994 Latham Report "Constructing the Team" are implemented, but it is by no means certain that they will be. The following predictions are based on a 'straw poll' of people in the industry: (1) if the Government has not announced a construction contracts law by Christmas 1995, it never will; (2) teamwork will be a growing feature of the industry, but only in larger projects; (3) engineering construction and large-scale civil and building works may meet or even exceed the target of 30% greater efficiency, but other projects probably will not; (4) Latham's preferred New Engineering Contract (NEC) will not become almost universal, but it will become an important form of procurement contract; (5) tendering will be almost unchanged for most small companies and minor works; (6) overcapacity will remain among small companies, but fall among large companies; and (7) the industry will continue to suffer from the public's view of very large projects on television and very small works near home.

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  • Authors:
    • DAWN, T
  • Publication Date: 1995-10


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Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 36-8
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 228
    • Issue Number: 20
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0013-4384

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  • Accession Number: 00716027
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM