24 September 2007 | Antony Barton
The delivery body for the £45 billion Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme aims to boost its procurement by bringing together all parties involved to thrash out a buying strategy.
Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is inviting architects, designers, ICT specialists, construction companies and procurement experts to explore three specific areas: the place of design in the procurement process; the interface between ICT and construction procurement; and whether multi-area Local Education Partnerships (LEP) could be created to encourage regeneration schemes beyond school building projects.
A LEP is a public private partnership between a local authority, PfS and a private sector partner selected in open competition under European Union procurement rules.
Tim Byles, chief executive of PfS, said: "It is widely accepted that the delivery of the BSF programme has picked up pace considerably over the past year. A package of measures designed to ensure that local authorities are ready to hit the ground running as soon as they enter the programme is already making a real difference to the timetable for delivery.
"This targeted Procurement Review enables us to reflect on what we have learnt to date and, importantly, to listen to the views, experience and expertise of others in the wider BSF community."
The BSF Procurement Review starts in October and is expected to be completed by the end of December 2007. For more information call PfS on 07960 116966.