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Industry initiative will ensure value for money

A new initiative aimed at ensuring best value from the public purse on government funded construction projects was launched to built environment professionals at the ICE last week.

At a time of likely cuts in public spending, the case for improving efficiency and value on construction projects funded by clients has never been greater.

The new ICE Client Best Practice Guide, launched by Olympic Delivery Authority head of project management Sue Kershaw, will play a vital role in the move to a more efficient public procurement and contract management culture. For the construction industry this means avoiding wasted investment, over-spending and missing completion dates on major infrastructure projects.

“This guide is only the beginning of a wider initiative to disseminate best practice in construction.”

Sue Kershaw, Olympic Delivery Authority

The guide is a one-stop reference and route map for achieving best practice from a construction client’s perspective. It explains how to influence the success of projects − during the planning, development and implementation stages as well as during operation and final decommissioning.

Speaking at the launch event Kershaw said: “The role and performance of clients is one of the most significant factors in determining the ultimate success of construction projects, regardless of their size, complexity or location. But poor procurement and contract management practices can lead to wasted investment. Clients need to know if they are using best practice, how can this be assessed and how it leads to project success.

“This guide is only the beginning of a wider initiative to disseminate best practice in construction. It will be developed further to meet the needs of the industry.”

Kershaw led the ICE expert panel that produced the guide. Representatives from key client stakeholders such as the Department for Transport, Crossrail and Constructing Excellence were also involved along with chairman of the Strategic Forum for Construction Nick Raynsford.

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