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Contractors pledge support for prequal register

Some of the UK’s biggest contractors have pledged support for new standards aimed at easing the prequalification burden for UK construction firms.

Bouygues, Bullock, Kier, Lakehouse, Lend Lease, Longcross Construction, McLaughlin & Harvey, Seddon and Vinci are members of an advisory group for prequalification register, Constructionline.

The contractors have pledged to adopt Constructionline, the health and safety assessment standard Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) and PQQ standard PAS91:2013 within their supply chains.

Constructionline said the average PQQ and health and safety assessment costs a subcontractor £650 to complete, as well as ongoing costs and the burden to main contractors of verifying and maintaining information.

It estimated the move will save the group and their supply chains in excess of £25m annually.

Constructionline, which sits on the government’s PAS91 steering group and is a founder member of the SSIP Forum, is consulting with the contractors on issues such as the prequalification of materials suppliers and forthcoming changes to CDM regulation.

Constructionline director Rebecca Sperti said: “This agreement is a huge milestone for Constructionline, SSIP and PAS91.

“It also marks a major step forward in the industry’s ongoing quest to reduce duplication and simplify procurement for tier two suppliers.

“The [contractors] have shown real leadership to make significant changes to their own practices to align their systems with the three standards, which will deliver massive benefits to thousands of smaller contractors.”

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