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OGC gateway review 2

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 This OGC guidance has now been archived, however, it is still cited in the new Government Construction Strategy and the revised Common Minimum Standards (to become the 'Construction Standards') and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).

OGC gateway review 2: delivery strategy (also called 'procurement strategy' (ref OGC Constructoin pocketbook)...

...investigates the Outline Business Case and the delivery strategy before any formal approaches are made to prospective suppliers or delivery partners. The Review may be repeated in long or complex procurement situations.

ref OGC introduction to procurement gateway 2.

The review should:

ref OGC gateway review 2: delivery strategy.

On construction projects, specific tasks that are included in OGC gateway 2: delivery strategy are:

ref OGC Achieving Excellence Guide 3 - Project Procurement Lifecycle P11, 12 and 13.


For a detailed description of the sequence of tasks necessary on public projects, see the work plan Public project: outline work plan. Gateway review 2 takes place at the end of the work stage: Public project: feasibility studies.

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