Last edited 16 Dec 2020

Hands-off design

The Construction Playbook, Government Guidance on sourcing and contracting public works projects and programmes Version 1, produced by the Cabinet Office and published in December 2020, is focused on getting projects and programmes right from the start. Its principles and policies are intended to transform how public works projects and programmes are assessed, procured and managed. It is a ‘compact’ between government and industry, setting out how they will work together in future.

It suggests that the hands-off design delivery model approach is where: ‘The client is clear on the outcome and agnostic as to the solution (which may not even require a physical structure). Open to innovation and amenable to using technology to solve the problem instead.’ ie “I need to solve this problem, and I am willing to allow significant flexibility as to the solution.”

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