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Wednesday23 July 2014

Brady puts finishing touches to procurement report

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RIBA examines ways to simplify Ojeu process

Fairer awarding of contracts and more collaborative working are top of the RIBA’s proposals to simplify the Ojeu procurement process.

President Angela Brady is putting the finishing touches to a report intended for government ministers, clients and the wider construction industry to help improve how the public sector awards contracts.

“Research is currently being carried out on the effectiveness and costs of the current procurement processes,” said Brady, who added that she would work with the government to implement its new Construction Strategy.

Other points identified including improving performance standards on energy, carbon and cost, as well as cutting unnecessary ‘gold plating’ of requirements.

Last year Brady set up a cross-industry task force led by Walter Menteth and including Sarah Wigglesworth and Construction Industry Council (CIC) chief executive Graham Watts to examine the key issues surrounding procurement.

As well as the main report the group is preparing a response to the EU Procurement Directive consultation, due at the end of January.

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