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Thursday24 July 2014

MPs' report to improve procurement unveiled

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Parliamentary group’s 13 point plan of action

Good design should not be sacrificed to meet government savings on public sector construction projects, a report into procurement practice has warned.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has come up with a 13-point plan to make sure taxpayer funded schemes are built more efficiently.

It said implementing its findings will deliver significantly better value for money across the public sector.

The group’s chairman, Tory MP Tony Baldry, said: “As the squeeze has tightened on public spending, it is more imperative than ever that public sector clients and their suppliers work together to lower the cost of building procurement to the public purse.”

Jack Pringle, former president, RIBA

Jack Pringle, former president, RIBA

An inquiry was launched into public sector procurement last year with evidence handled by a commission of experts including Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt and former RIBA president Jack Pringle.

Among their recommendations are procuring projects on the basis of integrated teams while projects over £100 million should have mandatory construction commitments similar to those of the London 2012 projects.

And the report said a best practice procurement advisory group should be set up to help out inexperienced public sector clients while the government’s chief construction advisor, currently Paul Morrell, should prepare an annual report on the performance of public sector clients, including those that are failing.

Those sitting on the all parliamentary group include former construction minister Nick Raynsford and Conservative MP Oliver Colville, who is also a member of the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Define good design. Until Architects can do this their services look like, and often are, smoke and mirrors. And sorry guys its not just the fun stuff.

    There is no evidence from this article that the issue of small practices has been dealt with either.

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  • james francis

    There needs to be an audit of the impact of Value Engineering and what "savings" get passed to public sector clients. Public sector (or publicly funded) clients also need to ensure they are able to procure the right solution for their needs, not just their egos!

    The whole issue needs looking at and maybe some soul searching about what we really need to be spending our nations funds on, Simple robust building can still be elegant designs that stand the test of time and not every public building should be striving to be an icon.

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  • best practice procurement advisory group
    more jobs for the boys (of course those who have no idea)

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