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Perfect contracts must include design quality

This government, like others before it, has fallen in love with the idea of the perfect building contract. And the inescapable logic of the Egan report, encompassed in the unstated sub-text of the Construction Best Practice Programme, is that the perfect contract is one made between client and contractor. Architecture comes in somewhere else along the contractual food chain; the professions make way for business. It is such a neat idea: the prime contract with single-point responsibility ...

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