Describing it as the elephant in the room, Nick Moss says that poor procurement practices are to blame for most of the industry’s deepest problems.
“Procurement underpins everything. Procurement is choking our industry at all levels and stages,” he says. “This lamentable system works badly for everyone, including our clients. A vicious cycle of deteriorating service is creating an impoverished built environment. Grenfell has shown modern procurement’s race to the bottom can have catastrophic results.”
Nick Moss is a partner in the Manchester practice Sixtwo Architects and president of the Manchester Society of Architects. He is seeking election to be president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
As part of his campaign, he has written an open letter to construction industry leaders seeking to gather momentum behind his call for procurement reform.
He proposes replacing the current default procurement route of lump sum design and build, except for simple projects. Alternatives might include traditional or incentivised construction management contracts, with contractor’s profit linked to performance bonuses. He also advocates open-book methods, where the client cannot be exploited.
Further details of his proposals are on his website.
His open letter reads: