The CCG have surveyed members following their feedback that demand is now outstripping supply and the industry is beginning to witness the supply side exercising choice over procurement/contract options, predominantly resulting from the impact of lowest tender culture prevailing during the recession. The EU’s new Public Procurement Directive dealing with the acceptance of unrealistically low bids and the prospect of being challenged by unsuccessful bidders, is an area also cited as being worthy of careful consideration as is the detail to take life-cycle costing into consideration when making awards.
A CE/CCG working group led by Charles Mills, LUL is now in place to take this work forward with a view to offering members solutions to the challenges they face. The Group has finished its series of thought leadership blogs:
- The Construction Industry Must Innovate by Charles Mills of London Underground
- Is profit a dirty word in Construction? (What Latham missed and Egan did not have the answer for) by Adrian Farley of Polypipe
- Procurement: Prepare for the best by Rebecca Rees of Trowers & Hamlins
- An introduction to procuring for value by Don Ward of Constructing Excellence
- The problem with funding a property estate by Steve Elkin of Scape
- Do you understand your responsibility as a client for construction risks? by Martyn Jones of CESW
- Bid Cost Survey Blog 1 – Bid Cost as % of Project Value by Philip Collard of MarketingWorks
- Bid Cost Survey Blog 2 – Improving the win rate by Philip Collard of MarketingWorks
- Contracting Strategy – by Norman Kerfoot
- A National Change Agent – by Rob Garvey
- Why ‘Good Customer’ procurement? – by Ron Edmondson
- Social Value – by Rob Wolfe
The UKCG have asked Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Advisor to chair a Procurement Efficiency Working Group and the CCG have been invited to attend and contribute.