Government targets £1.7bn construction cost savings

Aaron Morby 3 months ago
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The long-awaited Government Construction Strategy has set out a plan to deliver an estimated £1.7bn in cost savings through greater department efficiencies.

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The report, which was due to be published by the end of last year, sets out a plan to drive efficiency improvements, with smarter procurement, fairer payment, BIM and increasing capability.

Much of this continues the actions of the previous five-year plan with working groups looking at best practice procurement, fairer payment measures such as project bank accounts, collaboration and early contractor involvement.

The latest report, Government Construction Strategy 2016-20, assesses that most departments are BIM Level 2 ready with remaining departments on target to meet the 2016 mandate on April 4.

The task now is to consolidate and embed BIM Level 2 throughout departmental processes.

The newly-formed Infrastructure and Projects Authority construction team has been tasked to drive the programme of meetings forward in partnership with the major construction spending departments and agencies, who comprise the Government Construction Board.

The IPA construction team will develop measures to assess construction client capability across government, in collaboration with departments.

Increased productivity will support government to deliver the £163bn of planned projects identified in the spring 2016 Government Construction Pipeline also released, which includes housing regeneration projects for the first time.

 

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