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Last edited 12 Jan 2021
ICE recommendations for the Government Construction Strategy 2018 update
Whatever your view on the specific direction of travel, the strategy is a valuable vehicle for providing a progressive and consistent approach across the members of the Government Construction Board - Department for Transport, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of Education, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Environment Agency, Highways England, MHCLG and BEIS.
These include the commitment to offsite construction from 5 departments, the announcement of the Construction Sector Deal and the publication of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority’s report ‘Transforming Infrastructure Performance’ with the commitment to better alignment of outcomes, smarter infrastructure and improved procurement processes.
This increased level of ambition will require a step change in the government/industry relationship and deliver benefits for all parties involved - most importantly to society, the customers and users of the sector.
 A more productive and sustainable construction industry
- Commercial strategy: Using government’s substantial influence effectively and consistently to stimulate a more sustainable and productive construction industry through following the best practice commercial principles set out in Project 13.
- Procurement process: To develop an approach that provides transparency and demonstrates value to the public sector while minimising the burden and costs of bidding for industry.
- Contracting approach: To provide a fair, open and transparent contract which supports the intent of the commercial strategy and the procurement process to successfully deliver the programme outcomes.
- Cross-government risks: Improving the visibility and mitigation of cross-departmental risks such as immigration, skills, and taxation resulting in increased delivery confidence and optimal use of available funding.
- Asset utilisation: Using the new opportunities presented through digital transformation to optimise the design, operation, integration and management of the assets as a system not individual entities.
This submission is the starting point. The door is open for government to collaborate with industry to help shape the development of the GCS and together build a sustainable and productive future for construction and the UK.
ICE hopes to see government use its substantial influence effectively and consistently to help build an environment that fosters better working practices and deliver a step change in the relationship with industry.
This article was originally published by ICE as ‘Let's collaborate to make the future of construction better for all’ on 19 June 2018. It was written by Hannah Vickers.
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