12 May 2011 | Angeline Albert
A cross-party group of
MPs has launched an inquiry into achieving best value in the procurement of
construction work, and wants to hear best practice examples.
Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPG) is inviting
organisations to submit evidence of buying practice that has had a positive
impact upon the outcome of a construction project.
This could be by improving
value, eliminating waste, enhancing quality or reducing time and cost. The MPs
are also looking for examples of innovative approaches to construction
Evidence could encompass
whole procurement processes or specific aspects such as the tendering
procedure, pre-qualification or briefing process.
The evidence is sought
from construction and professional services companies, professional bodies,
research organisations, trade associations or individuals.
The APPG is establishing
a commission of inquiry, which will draw its membership from MPs and peers,
senior construction professionals and other key decision-makers from other
The commission will
report to the APPG, who will share the findings this autumn. Recommendations
will also be presented to the Francis Maude, Cabinet Office minister,
in his role overseeing government procurement.
The evidence can relate
to private or public sector work, new build or refurbishment projects and
buildings or infrastructure. Any project relating to the creation or
maintenance of the built environment could be relevant.
The deadline for
submitting evidence is 31 May. More information on how to contribute can be
found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org