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Inquiry into achieving best value in the procurement

The first Inquiry of the group focused on procurement practice; gathering information with the aim of cost savings and increased efficiency in the construction process.

The findings of the Inquiry were presented to Chloe Smith MP Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform in the hope that the findings will assist the Government in contributing effectively to the current Plan for Growth.

The Commission Members:

Sir John Armitt CBE, Sir Tony Baldry MP, Peter Bonfield, Oliver Colvile MP, Alan Crane CBE, The Earl of Lytton, Gordon Masterton OBE, Jack Pringle, The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Simon Rawlinson, The Earl of Mar & Kellie.

Paul Morrell OBE and Alison Seabeck MP, opposition spokesman for Housing, have also attended meetings as observers.


  • Association for Consultant Architects
  • BIM Strategy Group
  • Building Research Establishment
  • Building Services Research and Information Association
  • Appendix 1: The Soft Landings Framework
  • Appendix 2: BREEAM 2011 & Soft Landings – an interpretation note for clients and designers
  • Appendix 3: Soft Landings for Schools – Case Studies
  • Design Council CABE
  • Electrical Contractors’ Association
  • Faithful and Gould
  • Landscape Institute
  • Marstan BDB LLP
  • North East Chamber of Commerce
  • Peter Caplehorn (RIBA)
  • Appendix 1: PAS 91 Review Comments to Date (Draft )
  • Richard Saxon CBE
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Appendix A – PRP Project Manager’s Guide (2005)
  • Appendix B – Initial Project Timeline Cost Progression (Extract from PRP PM Guide)
  • Appendix C – Determination of Guaranteed Maximum Works Cost (Extract from PRP PM Guide)
  • Appendix D – New PRP Contractor Award Process (June 2011)
  • Appendix E – New PRP Contractor Award Process: Review Contractor-Instigated Efficiencies (June 2011)
  • Scape System Build Ltd
  • Appendix 1: Scape National Framework Delivery Review 2010
  • Appendix 2: Empa Business Case 2011
  • Appendix 3: An Introduction to the National Framework (example document)
  • Shepherd Group
  • The Joint Contracts Tribunal
  • The National Improvement and Efficiency Partnership Hampshire County Council
  • The Quality Scheme for Ready Mixed Concrete
  • Willmott Dixon


First session 16 January 2012

Alan Muse and Colin Smith (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors): Performance Related Partnering (PRP) Alastair McCapra Landscape Institute: Improving the public procurement of SME design, management and consultancy services. Peter Caplehorn (Royal Institute of British Architects): Reducing procurement bureaucracy

Second session 30 January 2012

Guy Hammersley - Building Research Establishment: Delivering great outcomes from a performance based approach to procurement Alan Coole - Scape Systems Build: Achieving Best Value Roderick Bunn - Building Services Research and Information Association: Soft Landings - the best route to high-performing buildings

Third session 06 February 2012

Ross Smith - North East Chamber Of Commerce: The Impact of Construction Procurement at Regional Level. David Mosay - Association Of Consultant Architects: Early contractor involvement under PPC 2000 Richard David - Willmott Dixon: Procurement and Contract Choice: A Contributor to Project Failure Gary Edwards - Shepherd Group: Accepting the Education Construction Challenge

Fourth session 20 February 2012

Rab Bennetts - Design Council CABE: Design Procurement Richard Saxon CBE - The Well Advised Client

Fifth session 12 March 2012

Mark Bew - BIM Strategy Group: HMG BIM - Strategy Update Andrew Smith - The National Improvement and Efficiency Partnership Hampshire County Council: National Improvement and Efficiency Partnership for the Built Environment.