As a marketing manager within a large contracting/subcontracting outfit, I tire of the endless responses I give to equally endless prequalification questionnaires.
It leads me to conclude that, in some clandestine centralised operation, a team of QSs spends its days producing harder and more cryptic questions more appropriate for Jeremy Paxman than a humble 'brickie'.
As the majority of questions are apposite to virtually every questionnaire, surely it would make a great deal of financial and practical sense for a body such as JCT to produce, say, an industry standard questionnaire (this may be different for different forms of contracting) which features a section for supplementary or jobspecific questions.
Eighty per cent of the document would be standard and, therefore, would not need a bespoke response.
The balance would concentrate on items such as value engineering, specific job requirements and innovative solutions.
I sincerely hope that somebody seizes upon this idea as I get a much greater kick from 'fitting out' than from 'filling out'!
JAMES WHILE. Charles Barrett Interiors