Better together: why construction needs collaboration to work efficiently


Communication failures between architects, designers, contractors and procurement teams compromise the construction industry. How can this be mitigated?

For centuries, the building trade has been a hugely fragmented industry, with lots of different companies coming together for a particular building and then moving on to different projects.

Typically, a client will commission an architectural team or design team, then engineers will become involved, explains Graham Watts, chief executive of the Construction Industry Council. Building services consultants and structural engineers get the call next, before a separate building contractor finally arrives to undertake the actual work itself. “And that contractor won’t directly employ many of the people working on site. He will subcontract out various parts of the work,” Watts says. Read more