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03Feb94 UK: C AND L CAUGHT IN TENDER ROW - LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS.

Architects and surveyors have slammed top management consultant Coopers and Lybrand over its proposals for tendering of councils' professional construction work.In a joint statement, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Institute of British Architects said: 'Coopers and Lybrand seems unable to understand the complex nature of local government property management.'In November the firm recommended to environment secretary John Gummer that 75 per cent of council architecture, surveying and engineering work should be subject to competition from private consultancies.The two bodies argue that if this happened, councils would have too little guaranteed work left to recruit and keep staff.RICS and RIBA said at least 60 per cent of work should stay in-house to avoid this. CONSTRUCTION NEWS