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Morrell ‘should push’ integration

Former CIBSE presi dent Donald Leeper has urged the Government’s chief construction
adviser Paul Morrell to push for integrated teams on construction projects.

Mr Leeper said the Treasury would be key to the initiative because it could refuse to release funds for public sector projects unless an integrated team was in place.

Mr Morrell has been urging the building services sector to become more integrated, a theme which he reiterated at a recent CIBSE Patrons meeting. He said the building services industry is “not respected” by the Government because it is too fragmented and “is not up for” the challenge of delivering a low-carbon economy.

Since he had been in post, he said he had started to understand why the industry is so poorly regarded by politicians. They consider it to be “cynical and sceptical” about the opportunities offered by low- and zero-carbon solutions.

Mr Morrell said that not all the right people were sitting at the design table, and he  specifically called for the inclusion of product manufacturers so that the sector could make better use of standard solutions to drive down costs.

Mr Leeper added that the sector was capable of delivering “more for less”, but only if
building services specialists were involved earlier in the project design phase; the whole team was integrated; and project insurance schemes and project bank accounts were used to underpin a spirit of shared risk and responsibility.