Partnering Advice and Collaborative Working
There is a growing trend in the construction industry, encouraged by government and many large clients, to develop collaborative working arrangements to undertake projects or programmes of work. This should not be considered a ‘soft option’ but rather as a management approach based upon aligning objectives, a search for continuous measurable improvements, and a hierarchy for resolving problems before they escalate into disputes.
BrunswickIS prepare procurement strategies and tender documentation designed to suit specific partnering arrangements. We also support the process advising on continuous improvements and Key Performance Indicators and facilitating partnering workshops.
Further, where parties are establishing such arrangements it has been recognised that an experienced and independent adviser can assist the process by providing constructive partnering advice, helping to set objectives and develop the team, providing advice on drafting agreements and in resolving problems.
This role was recommended in the Construction Industry Council (CIC) Guide to Project Team Partnering which was first published in 2000, it stated:
“One of the more important first appointments will be the partnering adviser, whether the client undertakes work regularly or not. The partnering adviser can come from any suitable discipline, but his or her skills must be right for the role and the proposed project …"
In general the partnering adviser would not be a party to the partnering contract, although there can be no absolutes on this. The role is to facilitate the smooth creation and development of the partnering team.”
The appointment of a Partnering Adviser has been recognised in the Project Partnering Contract PPC2000.
BrunswickIS have significant experience in developing partnering arrangements and acting in the role of partnering facilitator/adviser. Members of our staff are members of the Association of Partnering Advisers.