Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

MOD minister launches attack on construction waste

  • Comment

Defence minister Peter Kilfoyle nailed his department's colours to the mast of single-point procurement last week and urged the construction industry to cut out the waste or lose ground to American competitors.

The Liverpool MP appointed as under secretary of state in July was speaking at the Design Build Foundation's second annual conference, 'Building Better by Design'. Many of its speakers were at pains to reinforce the benefits of team-working with a single point of responsibility, to cut out waste and traditional adversarial relationships.

'This government is acutely aware of the importance of the construction industry, ' said Kilfoyle. 'It's undeniable that there are many pockets of good practice, but on the whole it's a picture of inefficiency and waste.'

Kilfoyle warned that unless the UK mirrored a US scheme and strategy document which aimed at hitting targets by 2003 - including a 30 per cent increase in productivity - the country and its industry could become 'vulnerable to an international threat and lose market share'. This would also have a damaging knock-on effect on other sectors. 'That's not alarmist - it's a very, very credible prognosis' he said.

The answer was for the industry to put an end to separate contracting, which, he said, only reinforced separation and adversarial relationships. Kilfoyle urged the client members of the foundation to replace their current methods with single-point procurement: 'prime contracting.' But there was no reason why that prime contractor could not be a consultant or from another industry.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

AJ Jobs