Arabtec: 'Architects need to be given more time'

Rushed projects lead to bad designs and spiralling project costs

Arabtec CEO Tom Barry was speaking the Construction Week Conference
Arabtec CEO Tom Barry was speaking the Construction Week Conference

Architects and designers need to be given more time to perfect their designs in order to prevent project costs spiralling out of control, said a leading contractor.

Speaking at the Construction Week Conference in Dubai on Tuesday, Arabtec CEO Tom Barry said that rushing projects was causing problems in delivery.

“During the boom, everyone was in a rush and often you’d get designs from architects that really, were incomplete,” he said. “If clients and developers ensure architects have time to develop their designs properly, they could price the project better.”

His comments were seconded by RMJM design director Kevin McLachlan. “It’s always been good practice for architects to do that, because then you get fewer questions back from the developer afterwards. But I think all of the practices here were inundated by the sheer scale and number of projects under development.”

The Construction Week Conference is taking place at the Raffles Dubai hotel.
 

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