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Customers see ‘spiky’ m&e as necessary evil

Many main contractors and clients still regard the m&e sector with considerable suspicion and will often avoid dealing with it if they can. Two major customers for the m&e industry speaking at the H&V News conference said they found the sector a ‘black art’ and difficult to deal with. “I don’t like m&e because I don’t understand it,” said Tim Peach, managing director of Taylor Woodrow Construction. “M&E is a necessary evil that just gets in the way. Lots of main contractors feel the same.” Steve McGuckin, director of Projects at Land Securities, told delegates that he disliked dealing with m&e because it was often the least predictable and most “spiky” sector in construction. The sector was urged to become more predictable and provide its customers with greater cost clarity, things that would make collaborative working easier and more appealing.