Integrated supply team
'Integrated supply team' is a term used to describe the integration of the complete supply chain involved in the delivery of a project. This may include the main contractor, designers, sub-contractors, suppliers, facilities mangers and so on.
The integrated supply team differs from the term 'integrated project team' as it relates only to the main contractor and their supply chain (designers, sub contractors, suppliers etc.) whereas the integrated project team includes the client, and a project manager if there is one.
The integrated supply team is particularly relevant on public projects as the recommended procurement routes proposed by the government are private finance initiative (PFI), prime contracting and design and build with very early appointment of the integrated supply team. Under these routes, the entire supply team (designers, contractors, specialist suppliers and facilities managers) are appointed after the project brief has been prepared, and may involve just one single contract with the entire integrated supply team, not separate contracts with individual companies that make up the supply chain.
This is a model that is increasingly being adopted in the private sector, as clients seek a single point of responsibility for delivery of a project, and also because of the increasing need to involved specialist suppliers and contractors in the design process. The Strategic Forum Integration Toolkit suggests that contracting with a single supply team rather than separate companies is possible for small and occasional clients as well as larger more experienced clients.
NB The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has now been absorbed into the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) within the Cabinet Office. OGC guidance has been archived, however, it is cited in the Government Construction Strategy and the Common Minimum Standards.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Design and build.
- Collaborative practices.
- Consultant team.
- Government Construction Strategy.
- Integrated project insurance.
- Integrated project team.
- Major Projects Authority.
- Prime contract.
- Private finance initiative.
- Public procurement.
- Supply chain.
- Supply chain management.
 External references
Featured articles and news
Sadiq Khan publishes a new development strategy for the capital.
In the week of the momentous Heathrow decision, we look back at the development and design of T5.
BSRIA’s flagship event will address performance and wellbeing beyond compliance.
Young Architects and Developers Alliance launched to build the relationship between the two disciplines.
BS 8536-2:2016 Design and construction: Code of practice for asset management (Linear and geographical infrastructure).
Paying for off-site goods or materials can be useful, but it puts the client at risk.
People power can be transformative if properly informed and inspired.
ZHA win competition to build an Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Saudi Arabia.
Leaps, not steps, are needed to avoid a ticking time bomb, say BRE in response to Farmer Review.
A multi-purpose hall in France covered in a translucent orange membrane.
Winning designs revealed for a rock formation-influenced residential complex in Rennes.
An article explaining the techniques, regulations and environmental impacts of carbon capture and storage.
Watch one of the first documentaries by the acclaimed Adam Curtis, examining the substandard system building of the 1960s.