Last edited 26 Jul 2021

Rethinking Construction Innovation and Research: A Review of Government Policies and Practices

The Fairclough Report, ‘Rethinking Construction Innovation and Research: A Review of Government R & D Policies and Practices’, was produced by Sir John Fairclough and published by the Department of Trade and Industry in 2002 (not to be confused with the 1998 Egan Report 'Rethinking Construction').

The purpose of the report was to undertake a thorough review of how government-funded research and development could be enhanced, with the aim of leading to overall improvements in the construction process.The review was based on examining existing data sources and developing new databases. Surveys were also undertaken, both within the UK and internationally, and a workshop was held with the Reading Construction Forum.

The report identifies five key drivers of change which need to set the agenda for the construction industry at large:

The targets of the report include annual reductions of 10% in construction cost and construction time, it also proposes that defects in projects should be reduced by 20% per year. It considered all processes from design, planning and construction through to the end use of buildings.

The report had the following contents:


Executive Summary.


Part 1 Background and evidence.

  • Chapter 1 Assembling the evidence.
  • Chapter 2 Current research funding and participation.
  • Chapter 3 Industry’s strategic engagement with government funded R&D.
  • Chapter 4 Ensuring skills for the future.
  • Chapter 5 The international dimension.

Part 2 Government’s role in supporting construction R&D.

Part 3 Conclusions and recommendations.

  • Chapter 11 Conclusions and recommendations.


The main conclusions of the review are summarise below:

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