Last edited 04 Feb 2020

OGC gateway review 0

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has now been absorbed into the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) within the Cabinet Office.

When it existed, the OGC produced a great deal of guidance about best practice in procurement and project management. This OGC guidance has now been archived, however, it is still cited in the new Government Construction Strategy and the revised Common Minimum Standards (to become the 'Construction Standards') and links are still provided from government websites such as the Major Projects Authority. The OGC gateway review process still provides one of the best and most comprehensive sets of guidance for public projects. It is for this reason that the project plan for public projects within Designing Buildings Wiki follows the OGC gateway review process. See Public project: outline work plan.

The procurement routes preferred by the Government Construction Strategy and described by the OGC gateway review process are private finance initiative (PFI), prime contracting and design and build (see OGC Achieving Excellence Guide 6:Procurement and contract strategies). The Government Construction Strategy states that traditional procurement routes that separate design from construction should not be used unless it can be demonstrated that they offer better value for money.

The three preferred routes involve appointing a single integrated supply team (including designers, contractors, suppliers and perhaps facilities managers) after the project brief has been prepared, before design commences. This means that the main decision to invest (i.e. to appoint the integrated supply team), takes place before any designs have been prepared.

The OGC Gateway Review process offers a structure for projects following these procurement routes, based around a series of independent peer reviews carried out at key stages to verify that projects should be allowed to progress to the next stage.

These peer reviews, or 'gateway reviews' are commissioned on a confidential basis by the Senior Responsible Owner:

There are also two additional decision points specific to building projects:

In practice, some of the design work leading up to these decision points is likely to be carried out during the tender process (or bidding process on PFI projects).

Gateway review 0: strategic assessment is the first gateway. It is a programme review that takes place before it has been decided to proceed with a project, it

... investigates the direction and planned outcomes of the programme.... It makes a strategic assessment of the proposed project, its contribution to the business strategy, drivers and benefits and considers the high level options.

ref OGC introduction to procurement gateway 0

The review ensures:

ref OGC gateway process review 0: strategic assessment.

According to OGC the tasks specific to construction projects that should be undertaken before OGC Gateway Review 0: Strategic assessment are:

ref Achieving Excellence Guide 3 - Project Procurement Lifecycle P9 and 10.

It can be appropriate to carry out more than one gateway 0 reviews.

For a detailed description of the sequence of tasks necessary on public projects, see the free work plan available from Designing Buildings Wiki: Public project: outline work plan. Gateway review 0 takes place during the work stage: Public project: business justification.

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