Rab Bennetts is to join the board of Movement for Innovation, the body charged with achieving the aims of the Egan report through the selection and monitoring of demonstration projects. The body is representative of the entire construction industry, and already includes cic chairman Robin Nicholson. Two Scottish members will be appointed shortly, one of them likely to be an architect.
Movement for Innovation has now signed up a total of 83 projects with a total value of £2.9 billion, all of which subscribe to one of the four recommendations for improving the project process identified by the Egan task force: product development; partnering the supply chain; project implementation; production of components.
Set up in November, M4I (as it calls itself) is developing methods for monitoring the projects. It will start with geographical clusters, and move on to more sophisticated groupings. Completed projects will form a separate cluster. Initially the projects' performance will be measured against their original budgets and programmes, but the board is working on benchmarking and key performance indicators which will later be used to measure projects against one another. Paul Craddock, one of the M4I team stressed: 'We will be asking people to share both successes and failures.'
Rab Bennetts, whose building for Wessex Water is one of the demonstration projects, said that he joined the board because 'the general feeling was that design was under-represented'. His aim, he said, was 'to make architects part of the industry'.