Headlines: February 28th, 2000

Construction procurement by local councils has come into the frame for modernisation. Because modern approaches to this form of procurement are a key to achieving Best Value a ‘Rethink Construction’ initiative was launched last year.Councils have put forward 70 projects to show how the new thinking works in practice. Because of the many and varied constraints and the major changes to culture needed before new systems can be adopted, progress is very slow. Making the demonstration projects available for inspection is unlikely to change many minds because adoption of the new approach requires a radical change in the corporate organisation .

A Task Force will be launched at a conference next month with the job of using the demonstation projects to show how new approaches can improve value for money, quality and on time on budget predictability. They will also show how strong committed and determined leadership can overcome constraints.