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The National Centre for Construction in the UK

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In response to the UK Government's intention to privatize the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the Construction Industry Council (CIC) became the author and promoter of a concept to establish a National Centre for the construction industry. As the privatization process developed, the National Centre became the potential solution to both the Government's need and the construction industry's aspiration. This paper discusses the National Centre for Construction (NCfC) concept and chronicles its development, Government and industry responses and the eventual rejection by Government of the proposal. The NCfC concept and objectives broke new ground and established a reference for evaluating current and future national construction research and technology policy and implementation strategies.

Le Construction Industry Council (Conseil de l'industrie de la construction ou CIC), en repondant a l'intention du Gouvernement de privatiser le Building Research Establishment (Establissement de recherche sur le batiment ou BRE) est devenu l'auteur et l'instigateur d'un concept visant a creer un Centre national de l'industrie de la construction (National Centre for the Construction Industry ou NCfC). A mesure que la procedure de privatisation s'est developpee, le NCfC est apparu comme l'acteur qui pourrait permettre de repondre aux besoins du Gouvernement et aux aspirations de l'industrie. Dans cet article, l'auteur examine le concept de NCfC, le calendrier de son developpement, les reactions du Gouvernement et de l'industrie et enfin le rejet de al proposition par le Gouvernement. Le concept et les objectifs du NCfC ont ouvert de nouveaux horizons et servent d'etalon a l'evaluation de la politique nationale actuelle et future de recherche et de technologie dans le secteur de la construction ainsi que des strategics de mise en oeuvre de cette politique.
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Keywords: CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY; INNOVATION; PRIVATIZATION; RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE; RESEARCH ORGANIZATION; RESEARCH POLICY; TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1997

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