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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Arbitration market share under threat

Arbitration is the least heard of dispute resolution method, although it is the preferred method when many large scale projects go wrong, either technically or commercially. Confidentiality goes hand in hand with arbitrations of course, so little is heard of their outcomes.

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