New Zealand construction roadmap needs ‘best practice procurement’

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
22 December 2013
The New Zealand government must adopt “best practice procurement” if maximum value is to be extracted from a construction roadmap, a think tank has warned.
The NZ Council for Infrastructure Development welcomed the National Construction Pipeline, a joint industry and government report mapping out building projects over the next five years, but said “the future work programme must be project specific, well sequenced and utilise best-in-class procurement capability”.
Chief executive Stephen Selwood said: “Bringing projects to market in a well-sequenced cogent programme, making timely decisions, providing transparent communication of information to suppliers and service providers and conforming with stated bidding processes and timelines is also key to unlocking value.
“Already, there are several instances where investors and major construction firms have made considered decisions to withdraw from the rebuild, having to that time funded business development and taken part in market briefings, bid processes and being otherwise prepared to engage in competitive processes.
“Given the significance of the forward work programme, adopting best practice procurement is critical if the government and council are to extract best value for taxpayers and ratepayers.”
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