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Using the same sub-headings as in the previous section I will now endeavour to be constructive by making suggestions which could result in a reduction of the risks which the Private Client currently has to bear. MANAGEMENT OF COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES 39 Government intervention This is undoubtedly the area where the major risks to the private client exist, as indicated in my general remarks, and only the concerted weight of the industry's opinion is likely to have any effect. Development control Under this heading Planning Control comes readily to mind including comments like, too much control not enough planning, etc.

The third and fourth stages comprise detailed procedural checklists, inter-related for the architect and specialists working to him. Housing Plan of Work is designed to establish responsibilities and to enable the most efficient working together of all those involved in the development process, client, valuer, architect, structural engineer, quantity surveyor, etc. (6) Data for management. To assist in managing its contribution to all the Council programmes, including Housing, the Architect's Department is developing a management information system, which is computer based.

As an industry we should gear ourselves up not just to consult when the Government of the day invite us to do so, but to actively lobby to formulate policy. Let us not merely grumble when our reaction to formulated policy is ignored. More action and less re-action is clearly called for. We are all aware of ways in which Government action has affected the industry over the last two decades, but I would draw your attention to two points which serve to underline the dominating influence of the public sector on the industry's fortunes: (1) The proportion of the total construction work carried out by the private sector has been fairly constant, with ample funds for growth investment.

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