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Rule the routes

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The great debate over the alleged failings of PFI as a procurement route may take a welcome turn for the better with the Denton Corker Marshall Manchester Crown Court scheme, procured by the Lord Chancellor's department using a sort of 'smart' PFI arrangement. The design was the subject of a competition (including client and site) and was given high priority in determining the choice of provider. Why can't all significant projects be subject to the same treatment? Perhaps Lord Falconer, the current Lord Chancellor, could pass on the message to his cabinet colleagues that there is a way to get the building you want while sticking by Treasury rules. In Astragal's view, the big problem about PFI is the way Eganite ideology has taken it over, implicitly casting architecture in the same subset of contracting as cleaning or catering.

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