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Partnering wastes time says university report

PARTNERING in the industry is creating hours of pointless meetings.

A new report, Towards Positive Partnering: Revealing the Realities in the Construction Industry, claims that contractors are tied up for hours in irrelevant meetings.

One ceiling supplier complained about a four-hour meeting attended by 50 subbies working on a project, in which only five minutes was relevant to the firm.

He said:'I don't want to know about the drains, or whatever.'

Others complained of being 'on call' for clients. One contractor said that if the client telephoned to demand a job was done '...we jump, because that is the level of agreement and that's what they're expecting of us.'

The study of 40 projects by Westminster University is the first detailed analysis of partnering in the UK construction industry.