No end in sight to procurement woes

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) had barely started to recover from the severe mauling it was given in March by the High Court over the Magnox fiasco when along comes another shaming investigation into the same events. If anything the latest scrutiny, from the National Audit Office (NAO), is even more damning about government contract negotiating and management skills than the High Court was.

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Time to refocus on quality

The Scottish schools scandal has featured on the timetable at the Scottish Parliament whose Education Committee was hearing evidence as we went to press as part of its inquiry into how so many schools could have been so shoddily built (see News).

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Construction and lawyers face same wave of change

The Financial Times held its first Future of Construction Summit in May, a well-attended event at ICE headquarters in Great George Street. The sub-heading was ‘Driving productivity through disruptive innovation and collaboration’, areas where the industry is widely agreed to be lagging.

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Procurement off the rails

Construction of what is billed as the world’s most advanced passenger railway and the backbone of the UK’s rail network – the HS2 London to Birmingham line – already looks like being bedevilled by the same lack of attention to procurement processes as other large scale UK projects.    

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