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Letters: Take your partners for the Egan quickstep

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Robin Nicholson is right that we should set aside our 'Anglo-Saxon cynicism and gripes' and support the 'Rethinking Construction' initiative (aj 26.11.98). degw has just seen the completion of the first phase of a major headquarters project for Boots the Chemist in Nottingham. This project was set up by our client from its inception in January 1996 on the Latham principles. So much so that Sir Michael Latham was invited to give the keynote address to the trade-contractors' conference held prior to preliminary bids being received.

In hindsight we can see that in its execution this has been a model Egan 'demonstration project'. The five key Egan drivers have all been there. The construction manager, mace, and the design team started out together from day one; it has been a 'customer'-focused, integrated process with the creativity of each contributor coming to the fore and being valued. The client has provided the skilled, committed, inspired and professional leadership without which the project would not have been delivered on time and on budget within 24 months.

You will not be surprised therefore that for degw partnering is the only way forward, and traditional jct80 adversarial contracts are to be avoided at all costs.

STEPHEN GREENBERG

degw

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