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Collaborative working

According to Constructing Excellence there are six critical success factors for collaborative working;

1.Early involvement – Supply chain management

2.Selection by value – Whole life costs

3.Common processes and tools – BIM

4.Measurement of performance – KPIs

5.Long-term relationships - Partnering

6.Aligned commercial arrangements – Alliancing

However, sadly large parts of the construction industry still ignore the benefits of collaboration and remain committed to silo working. How many industries have had so many reports on the inefficiency of current working practices?

·Modernising Construction, National Audit Office (NAO), 2001

·Accelerating Change, Strategic Forum for Construction, 2002

·Improving Public Services Through Better Construction, NAO, 2005

·Be Valuable, Constructing Excellence, 2005

·Callcutt: Review of Housebuilding Delivery, John Callcutt, 2007

·Construction Commitments, Strategic Forum for Construction, 2008

·The Strategy for Sustainable Construction

·Government/Strategic Forum, 2008

·Construction Matters, Business and Enterprise Select Committee, 2008

·Equal Partners, Business Vantage and Construction Clients’ Group, 2008

·Never waste a good crisis – The Wolstenholme Report 2009, Constructing Excellence

·Government Construction Strategy 2011, Cabinet Office

·Construction 2025, Construction Industrial Advisory Council, 2013

Duncan Cartlidge Online

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