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Wates and council have sorted small projects

LETTERS

Sir,

Your recent article regarding Wates and the Durham Strategic Alliance raised issues about challenges being faced 12 months ago over the delivery of small value projects. Through our partnership arrangements we were able to devise a solution.

Wates is delivering what the alliance originally intended, which is our large project programme. Due to an increase in expenditure on capital projects the authority is inviting other contractors to tender for one-off projects outside the alliance.Wates continues to deliver the alliance's original aspirations.

The alliance has taught both organisations that partnership working is not a quick-fix, easy solution to problems that have beset construction in the past. But Wates and Durham County are now delivering better value.

This can only be achieved through joint working practices. Both parties have responded well and we are delighted with the performance levels achieved.

The DSA is a Pathfinder project.The aim is to change construction procurement practices and deliver better quality buildings with added value.

Andrew North Durham County Council Ian Burnett Wates Group