MPs call for help with construction buying

12 May 2011

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.

The All-Party 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 purchasing.

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 sectors.

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 hadowr@parliament.uk


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