THE CONSTRUCTION Best Practice Programme is one of seven government bodies set up to deliver the improvements demanded by Sir John Egan's Rethinking Construction report in 1998.
These seven bodies comprise the Housing Forum to promote innovation in the housing sector, the Local Government Task Force to improve efficiency in local government, the Government Construction Clients Panel to improve central government procurement, Client Project Manager to improve client practice, Respect for People to improve work conditions in the industry, the Movement for Innovation and Ms Lamont's Construction Best Practice Programme.
M4I and CBPP are both concerned with finding ways in which the construction process can be improved. The two organisations are described as 'joined at the hip' and at first sight it is unclear what the difference is between the two.
'We both play for the same team, only in different positions, ' says Ms Lamont. 'You could say that M4I is a creative midfielder, while the CBPP is the solid defender.'
'M4I works with demonstration projects at the leading edge of construction, ' explains the CBPP director. 'Its role is to identify tomorrow's best practice, to rethink construction by pushing at the boundaries and then, through the demonstration projects, to verify it.'
'Our brief is to raise awareness of the need for change and stimulate debate on how to change. We then need to make accessible the tools and knowledge to bring about that change.'
'We have three key roles. The first is to look at why and how the construction industry can change. We then try to identify best practice at every level of the industry. And finally, we signpost best practice. We make sure we get the information out there at the right level to suit the needs of the industry.'