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Poor procurement blamed for excess waste

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has placed the blame for excess waste in the construction industry on poor procurement practice.

The SEC Group gave evidence to the House of Lords Science & Technology Sub-Committee chaired by Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan.

The Committee is inquiring into the extent of waste produced by UK industry and in May it considered construction waste.

Cal Bailey of NG Bailey, who gave evidence to the Committee, said: “Construction will continue to waste huge amounts of materials if we continue with current procurement practices.

“We need an integrated delivery process in which design teams comprising consultants, contractors and manufacturers, all buy into more efficient designs and methods of construction. By reducing waste, we will also significantly reduce energy use and increase profitability right through the supply chain”.

“Time and time again I have become frustrated because inappropriate design solutions – often involving over-specification – are resulting in a phenomenal amount of waste and energy use over the lifetime of buildings.”

SEC Group called on the Committee to urge the government to acknowledge that, unless there is significant progress on achieving more integrated approaches to procurement and delivery in construction, it would struggle to eradicate the waste of materials.