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BCSA President highlights members’ professionalism and high standards

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Speaking at the British Constructional Steelwork Association’s (BCSA) 41st National Dinner, BCSA President Tim Outteridge (pictured right) praised the high standards of the membership’s steelwork contractors and called for more projects to enlist their expertise.

Mr Outteridge said that poor procurement practices have led to the engagement of non-BCSA member steelwork contractors on some projects and these firms are blatantly unqualified for the work.

“The selection of the wrong steelwork contractor without the expertise, the qualifications, the processes, and the appropriately trained workforce, really infuriates me.”

Mr Outteridge said: “There are more than enough BCSA members out there to choose from for any type of project in any location. We are all subject to BCSA’s rigorous assessment processes and, more than that, we collectively set ourselves high standards, beyond mandatory requirements.

“We receive invaluable support from BCSA that helps us achieve best practice, as well as keeping up-to-date with our statutory obligations. So, selecting a BCSA member means that the job will be done right first time.”

In addition, he said the BCSA and its members are constantly promoting best practice in procurement, starting with early engagement with the supply chain. This then allows them the opportunity to drive real collaboration.

Mr Outteridge also supported Build UK’s long-term objective of abolishing retentions through legislation by 2023, but added that ring-fencing retentions in the interim would assist greatly.

“The BCSA absolutely supports the objective of abolishing retentions, and we agree that legislation is the way to stamp it out forever, once and for all,” he said.

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