20 Years on after Latham report

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It may come as a shock, but it is now over 20 years since Sir Michael Latham published his influential report ‘Constructing the Team’.

The report was commissioned by the UK government to investigate the perceived problems within the UK Construction industry. And boy, did Sir Michael not half report on the problems:

The report condemned existing industry practices as being

‘adversarial’, ‘ineffective’, ‘fragmented’, ‘incapable of delivering for its clients’ and ‘lacking respect for its employees’!


The Latham report spawned multiple initiatives like the creation of the Construction Industry Board (CIB) and a number of other organisations. The report also laid the ground for Sir John Egan’s report Rethinking Construction.

After all this time, the key question that remains: Have things really changed within the industry since then?