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Education Pg 10-15 Health Pg 16 Social Housing Pg 17 Urban Regeneration Pg 18-19 INDUSTRY URGED TO INCENTIVISE SUPPLY- CHAIN SUCCESS Issue 2 2016 n News n Education n Health n Social Housing n Urban Regeneration Public Sector READER ENQUIRY 1 Success must cascade down the UK's invaluable and innovative supply chain with all project partners better incentivised to deliver 'shared objectives', Beth West, Commercial Director of HS2, has told this year's NEC Users' Group Seminar. In her first keynote speech to more than 240 NEC contract users at the Institution of Civil Engineers' One Great George Street headquarters in London, new NEC Users group Chair Beth called for a widespread cultural change to contractual structures and a greater emphasis on 'shared success'. "There is so much more we can do," she said. "I know of examples of people putting the contract on the shelf once procured. That fills me with horror. We must select contractors on their ability to deliver the project's strategic o b j e c t i v e s , n o t s e r v i c e s alone. "So many elements of UK Construction are delivered by sub-contractors, many of whom do get squeezed in fixed price contracts. "We must ensure success cascades down and that full project collaboration is incentivised. We need to share success at a time when we are, as an industry, desperately short of resources." The importance of better p r o j e c t c o l l a b o r a t i o n , facilitated by contractual 'alliances' of project partners of all tiers which tie all parties to the overall goals of the project, would see more project delivered on time and on budget, the seminar heard. Beth West's key note speech was followed by Infrastructure Client Group Alliance of Practice and NEC by Keith Waller, Senior Advisor at HM Treasury and Peter Higgins, NEC Consultant. Andrew Milner, advisory partner at KPMG, then delivered Using NEC for Infrastructure and Construction. GRAHAM Construction has been appointed to a £16.7m Royal Central School of Speech and Drama development. The new eight-storey North Block building will provide an additional 2,400 m 2 of theatrical and performance facilities including double height studios and a double height basement. Sustainable design solutions including photovoltaic panels and natural ventilation methods will be installed to reduce the environmental impact of the running of the building. GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION APPOINTED TO £16.7M DEVELOPMENT Productivity in Construction: Creating a Framework for the Industry to Thrive, is the latest report from the Chartered Institute of Building aimed at kick-starting a wider debate into productivity, looking not just narrowly at construction's own productivity, but how the built environment supports productivity growth in the UK as a whole. Commenting on the report Paul Nash, Senior Vice President of the CIOB, said: "Better buildings and infrastructure contribute to productivity CIOB REPORT KICK-STARTS THE DEBATE INTO PRODUCTIVITY not just through their primary function or by increasing economic output. "By making people happier, safer and healthier, benefits which are often overlooked, the built environment encourages society to be more productive." The report uses the G o v e r n m e n t ' s 1 5 - p o i n t productivity plan as a framework, illustrating how, point by point, construction acts as an agent of change to improve productivity within the wider economy, building specification how it might improve its own internal productivity, as well as highlighting the opportunities and challenges in delivering improvement. The report also suggests that current statistical data which measures construction's productivity can be misleading. When the value of design, the materials and components, and much of the plant and machinery used on site are not counted. It also questions how well the measures we see account for the improvement in quality or, for that matter, fewer site deaths. T h e s p e a k e r p a n e l agreed that it is time the fragmented industry f o c u s e d o n d e v e l o p i n g 'long term partnerships' and that contractors must prove they 'trust the supply chain' through effective collaboration. T h e N E C U s e r s ' G r o u p s e m i n a r , w h i c h a l s o i n c l u d e d a s e r i e s o f i n t e r a c t i v e w o r k s h o p s , p a n e l s e s s i o n s a n d networking opportunities, is the highlight of the NEC calendar and an essential diary date for members and non-members who use, or have an interest in NEC3 and its developments. 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